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Turkish flag flying near the Topkapi Palace

The Pleasures of an Aegean Cruise

The advantages of an Aegean cruise are obvious aren’t they?  The opportunity to visit multiple cities and the world’s greatest treasures in a relatively short time.  Unpacking just once – that is true luxury, isn’t it?  All that wonderful food and entertainment.  The ability to do as much or as little as you like.  But a cruise […]

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Sydney Harbour bridge and palm tree viewed from the Hyatt Hotel

#JeSuisCharlie: When 3 Cities You Love Face Terror

Hi Frugalistas.  This is a different post for me.  As I start to write I’m not actually sure where I’m even heading with it.  Most readers would be familiar with events over the past few weeks, with Sydney, Istanbul and Paris being rocked by separate terrorist attacks.  Adding to that, I was in Athens with […]

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Malaysian Airline and British Airways plane

Hidden city ticketing: the best travel hack airlines don’t want you to know about?

Hi Frugalistas!  Have you ever realised that it’s sometimes cheaper to book an airfare with a connecting flight and get off at the connection, rather than book a direct flight to that same connecting destination?  I’d come across this myself recently, and wondered how common it was, and whether there was merit in trying it as a […]

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Manarola village in the Cinque Terre

The frugalfirstclasstravel top 10 posts of 2014

Hi Frugalistas!  Happy New Year and welcome to 2015.  Today I’m delighted to present to you my top 10 posts of 2014, based on my stats, and therefore as voted by you, my loyal readers.  Interestingly, many of my top 10 posts are older posts, and indeed some of them have proven more popular in […]

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santons of the three wise men and Jesus in a manger

The travel souvenir that’s a part of our family Christmas tradition

Hi Frugalistas!  We put up our Christmas decorations yesterday.  One thing I love putting out every year is our crèche.  Crèche is the French word for a Nativity Scene, and ours is a very special one.  It is French, and is made of santons, traditional Provencal clay figurines.  Purchasing our santons, adding to our collection, and […]

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Ruins at the Acropolis in Athens

The do’s and don’ts of visiting Greek archaeological sites

Hi Frugalistas!  Greeks are proud of their history and culture.  As the cradle of democracy, philosophy, medicine and so many other cultural norms and institutions they are indeed right to do so.  Many visitors to Greece and to Athens in particular, visit to understand, experience and enjoy that history.  There are some rules for the unwary […]

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Doors to the Emirates Business Class lounge in Dubai

Emirates A380 Business Class: the frugalfirstclasstravel review

– rugalistas!  Regular readers will no doubt recall my review of the Emirates A380 First Class Suite last year.  It was very, very good, but in my comparison with Etihad Diamond First Class, I had to give it to Etihad.  I’ve travelled numerous times on the Etihad Pearl Business Class, so was curious see what […]

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Hunting Down those Elusive Northern Lights in Lapland

  That first glimpse of those magical Northern Lights is said to be an almost spiritual experience which can leave even the most seasoned world-traveller speechless. Hunting this spellbinding lightshow has become an obsession for many people and you can increase your chances of viewing if you’re heading to the northernmost regions of Finland, Norway […]

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slab of Greek yoghurt with honey and walnuts

Eating in Athens on a Culinary Backstreets walk

Hi Frugalistas!  I’ve already written about our infamous visit to the Athens Central Market, but there was far more to our Culinary Backstreets walk in central Athens.  Starting with breakfast, we ate, walked, talked, photographed and ate even more around central Athens with our guide, the lovely Despina.  Join me on a feast of food […]

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blue door and pink bougainvillea Anafiotika, Athens

Anafiotika: a Greek Island in the foothills of the Acropolis

Hi Frugalistas!  When I visited Athens recently I was disappointed that I didn’t have time to fit in a visit to the Greek Islands.  I’d sailed in the Cycladic Islands many years ago and had fond memories of those glorious blue and white houses festooned with bright bougainvillea and geraniums.  Then upon studying my guidebook […]

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