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What to eat and drink in Athens

Hi Frugalistas!  This week I’m returning to Athens and looking at what to eat and drink.  Yes, there is souvlaki, yes, there is fetta cheese, baklava and ouzo.  But there’s so much more to Greek food and drink.  So join me on a culinary journey around the restaurants, tavernas and street side stalls of Athens […]

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Emirates versus Etihad: which business class is better?

Hi Frugalistas!  On my trip to Athens last October I was fortunate to fly in two of the world’s most highly regarded Business Classes:  Emirates and Etihad.  Flying Etihad Pearl Business Class from Sydney to Athens, then Emirates Business Class Athens to Sydney gave me the perfect opportunity to compare these two airlines’ business class […]

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view of Monastiraki and the Acropolis from the A for Athens hotel

Why I didn’t book an Acropolis view room in Athens

Hi Frugalistas!  When I went to Athens last year I chose a hotel with fabulous views of the Acropolis.  It was also reasonably priced.  Even though an Acropolis view room was available, and was within budget, I elected not to book an Acropolis view room.  What, I hear you say?  No, I didn’t book a […]

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Explore Medieval Slovenia on an Adriatic Sea Cruise

  Slovenia is a country famed for its Gothic architecture and medieval towns, the most fascinating of which is arguably the coastal city of Koper in the south-west. If you’re looking to go medieval in a big way then this city provides many old town historic sights as well as easy access to the country’s […]

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Why I hate resort vacations

Dear Resort Vacation, we need to talk.  I’ve loved you since my first stay in Bali in 1989.  Mr Frugalfirstclass and I have had many wonderful experiences with you – including our wedding in Mauritius.  I even took MissG on her first mother-daughter trip on a resort vacation.  And we loved it.  But you are making […]

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Forget someday: how to save to travel now

Hi Frugalistas! When are you planning to travel?  Is it one day?  Someday?  Or is it something that you believe you cannot achieve?  Do you wish you could travel more often or for longer?  I believe most people who dream of travelling certainly can. It’s a question of prioritisation, self discipline and being completely honest with […]

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Virgin Australia B737 International Business Class: the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas!  Many readers will know I’m a regular traveller on Virgin Australia.  I’m a big fan, and have reviewed both the International and Coast to Coast Business Class previously.  In January I was joined by MissG and Mr Frugalfirstclass on a family trip to Phuket.  Options to fly from Sydney directly to Phuket are limited […]

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Tabby cat sitting on a motorcycle in Anofiotika Athens Greece

Cats of Athens, oh, and a dog too!

Hi Frugalistas!  I’ve been having a lot of fun on Instagram over the past few weeks sharing photos of some very, very cute little kitties from my trip to Athens.  Athens is home to many, many cats (and quite a few dogs as well).  Around Monastiraki and Anofiotika they are a real attraction.  Please enjoy […]

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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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