Have you ever been on a cruise?
Not sure if it is something you would enjoy?
My advice, just do it, here is why.
Nearly two years ago we decided to go on a family holiday with most of my wife Kim's family. It had been a very long time since we had all holidayed together and we thought that a cruise was the best mix for us all.
At first I wasn't so keen, being locked on a boat for nearly two weeks with my mother in law and my two sister's in law is not my preferred holiday option. But I was wrong. (BTW I do love my mother in law and both sister's very much).
But honestly it was exactly what I and we as a family needed. There are a few of things that make a cruise holiday really easy:
- No flying, just head to the port and all of your travelling is then done
- Tonnes of activities for all ages, active or lazy
- No cooking and cleaning, you are waited on hand and foot
- Lots of food choices, in fact lots of food and the majority of it is included in your fare
- Each day you wake up in a new location, what, when and where you choose to do is up to you
- No mobile phone or internet. Yes it is possible but the prices are astronomical so I made the choice to turn off my phone completely for 10 days
- Oh and there are a few bars too that mix a mean cocktail
Our group was 14 people in total and although we caught up at various times each day, dinner was our key time to catch up, so throughout the day everyone did their own thing. Each night it was great to sit down for a formal dinner, the kids at one table and adults on another.
My boys really enjoyed ordering off the menu and there was a great variety for all tastes. The wait staff were amazing with adults and children alike, we really didn't have to worry at all about meal times.
For me personally I really enjoyed the relaxed timetable, the ability to find a nice warm spot and read a good book combined with three amazing days of snorkelling. We had other time for exploring and I really love Vila.
This tropical capital is still recovering from the awful cyclone that hit them in March, visible signs are still a reminder around the island. But the positive and relaxed nature of the Vanuatu people make it easy to forget how devastating it was for this small nation. This brief day visit reminded me how much I love Vanuatu and that I need to go back again.
I need to mention one of the biggest excuses for not cruising, seasickness. This is my fourth cruise and I have never been affected by it. But honestly if you are, there are easy and cheap ways to minimise it. Talk to your doctor and stop making excuses just book a cruise, even a little three day cruise to do a taste test of cruising.
It is a cheap and EASY holiday for all of the family.
In other news...
Congratulations to Pamela from south western NSW who won the 30 inch framed Eiffel Perspective we gave away in our September promotion. Pamela is very happy and excited to have this new artwork. Five other lucky people won a $100 gift voucher to spend on anything in our online store, they were:
- Kate - NSW
- Samm - NSW
- Karen - NSW
- Tom - NSW
- Andrew - SA
Don't worry if you missed out, we will have another promotion with a free giveaway in the new year, keep your eyes peeled.
Finally I had a mini pop-up show at Tulloch Wines earlier this month, a huge thank you to everyone who came out to see me during the four days. Also a massive thanks to the wonderful team at Tulloch Wines for making me feel so welcome and for hosting me. If you haven't visited their cellar door in Pokolbin, do it you will not regret it. I look forward to more mini shows.
Our 2016 Wanderlust Wall Calendars are now in stock, just $25 each and featuring 12 images of mine from Australia and around the world. These are a great Christmas present for friends and family both here in Australia or overseas. ORDER NOW!
What is a Triptych?
A triptych (/ˈtrɪptɪk/ trip-tik; from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον ("three-fold"), from tri, i.e., "three" and ptysso, i.e., "to fold" or ptyx, i.e., "fold") is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections, or three carved panels that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.
We now offer triptychs and other polyptychs from 2 to 6 panels. They make fantastic impact pieces in a home or office and can be prepared as Art on Glass like the Ice Float triptych above or as a framed fine art print like this example with Isolated below.
All triptychs and polyptychs are customised and prepared to your needs so if you are looking for an artwork that has real impact talk to John today on +61 449 105 295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to our website
Komorebi, Ubud Indonesia - Limited Edition
Komorebi is a Japanese word for sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. Captured while on a bicycle tour in Ubud, in Bali's mountains this magnificent fig tree was at the centre of a village and featured a number of Buddhist shrines, thus the smoke that helped to create the beautiful Komorebi effect.