M has kind of love-hate relationship with surprises: the idea of not knowing what’s about to happen is rather exciting, but at the same time, not being prepared or in control is infuriating. So, organising a surprise-destination long weekend has become a sort of tradition at Plate+Plane – and G loves nothing more than to organise things. One of our surprise weekends was to celebrate our two year anniversary, where we ended up in Canberra. G kept every activity a secret, not letting up his plans until we arrived at
Right in the heart of Canberra’s CBD along the London Circuit, you’ll find the very artsy QT Canberra, a sleek designer hotel overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. In a previous life, it was known as the Rydges Lakeside – but stepping into the renovated foyer and rooms, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a brand new hotel. Sleek and just that little bit sexy, you’ll be greeted by a red carpet and some delightful background music as you enter. The QT Canberra really takes the whole ‘political epicenter of
Canberra is the one city that most Australians (let alone, tourists) forget about. Our capital city is nestled somewhat halfway between its cooler sisters Sydney and Melbourne, and has therefore traditionally been seen as the stomping ground of everyone’s least favourite people: federal politicians and public school children on the excursion pilgrimage. But in between the many public service department buildings and the meticulously urban planned transit system (which seriously looks like something out of Cities in Motion: Skyline when you’re looking down upon Canberra from the vantage point
Singapore. The only city-island-state. The cleanest city in the world. A former British trade centre, now Southeast Asian financial hub and busiest shipping container port in the world. The geographically advantageous location and cosmopolitan appeal of the city has made it a traveller’s hub for many decades now. Appealing to those coming from Australia/Europe to break up a long journey, to those from around SE Asia seeking shopping sanctuary, and to those looking for a fashionable weekend escape, Singapore is never short of visitors. A not-uncommon scenario is the long
There’s a little slice of Australian history nestled right in the middle of Sydney Harbour, amongst the busy ferry traffic and the junction of the Lane Cove and Parramatta rivers. Cockatoo Island is the largest of a few islands found in the harbour – with a rich history, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, making it the perfect spot for a summertime picnic and stroll. From Aboriginal fishing base, to convict penal establishment, to one of Australia’s biggest shipyards, the island has
SNAPSHOT Dates: 5th June 2015 – 6th June 2015 Arrived via: Flight from Sydney; hire car Stayed at: Ovolo Laneways, Little Bourke St, Melbourne CBD Long summer days calls for good music, friends, and exploring new places. What better way than with a summer road trip? Head south of Melbourne and you’ll find yourself on the Great Ocean Road – a winding highway hugging the Australian’s southern ocean, taking you passed some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. Grab a surfboard, your swimmers and a camera, and be
SNAPSHOT Dates: 14th February to 16th February Arrived via: Bus from Barcelona Stayed at: Font D’Argent Hotel, Pas de la Casa Cuisine: Cold meats and tapas Local beer: Does Spanish beer count? Local team: No stadium in Pas de la Casa and Andorra la Vella was too far away Nestled tightly within the Pyrenees is the tiny country of Andorra. Between Spain and France, Andorra is known for its duty-free shopping – perfume, tobacco, alcohol, guns, and strangely enough, tyres, are all found in abundance in this tiny
Barcelona is a fascinating city filled with winding laneways, free-flowing beer, great food, rich culture, excellent shopping and incredible architecture.