Enchanted waterworld

Anyone who as a child ever read The Magic Faraway Tree will relate to the exotic worlds that come and go from the top of the magical tree.

APT’s wonderful 15-day Ancient Mediterranean cruise aboard the French luxury small ship Le Soleal reminds me of this. Wake up, draw back the curtains and there’s another enchanted world.

It could be Istanbul at dawn with the minarets in silhouette. It could be Venice, mist-shrouded, its waterways coming to life. It could be Kotor, Montenegro, sailing into a fjord that isn’t a fjord, or the ancient lost city of Ephesus, or Santorini’s volcano.

This is Australian cruising, French-style.

Here’s my story, published in The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age Travellers on June 7:

Le Soleal cruise


Or you can read it online at smh.com.au/traveller here:



About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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