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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 Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction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.

Crossing the Continental Divide by river cruise

A grand river cruise journey from Budapest to Amsterdam climbs the stairs of the Danube to 406 metres, then descends again down the Rhine. The critical link is the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal and its gigantic 16 locks. Read my story published … Continue reading

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Glittering Mykonos – where the rich go to play

The UK Spectator‘s columnist Taki wrote after a Mykonos jaunt, “Our one and only mistake was to come to this hideous island, now overrun by nouveau-riche ‘cool’ people. Vulgarity rules the roost as never before.” Taki clearly sees the dark side … Continue reading

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Donegal – how green is their valley

What a lovely place Ireland is, not just its physical beauty but also its beautiful people. Here’s my story published in Fairfax Media Traveller in May, 2017 on Donegal.   You can read it online at Traveller.com.au here: http://www.traveller.com.au/walk-ireland-donegals-bewildering-beauty-gw6h4e  

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Majestic Iguassu Falls

The three-kilometre-wide Iguassu Falls on the Argentine-Brazil border is a natural masterpiece of sound and fury. You can read my story published in Fairfax Media’s Traveller on July 1917 at the link below: http://www.traveller.com.au/south-americas-spectacular-iguassu-falls-gwas6s#ixzz4n3Y9BiW0 Follow: @TravellerAU on Twitter | TravellerAU on Facebook    

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Flight Review – Emirates Dubai to Venice economy Boeing 777-300ER

Read my flight review here for Emirates Dubai to Venice in economy: http://www.traveller.com.au/the-flight-dubai-to-venice-with-emirates-gx29bd#ixzz4mJds3snz Follow us: @TravellerAU on Twitter | TravellerAU on Facebook

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Hemingway’s Havana

Cuba – what an amazing country full of beautiful people. And Havana is simply gorgeous. No wonder Ernest Hemingway felt an affinity with the country and wrote most of his masterpieces there. Click on my story below, published in Fairfax … Continue reading

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Chic to chic – cruising Venice to Athens in style

Ponant’s small ship, Le Lyrial, is French chic exemplified – a stylish potpourri of first-rate gastronomy, elegant interiors, exotic locations and European culture. Read my story published in Fairfax Media’s Traveller in June 2017 here: http://www.traveller.com.au/ponant-le-lyrial-adriatic-cruise–venice-to-athens-gwyw5f#ixzz4lkySeqni Follow us: @TravellerAU on Twitter | TravellerAU on … Continue reading

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Ready, action, sunset – Turtle Island, Fiji’s Hollywood links

Not just a gorgeous island in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands dedicated to soothing the spirit, Turtle Island is a star in its own right. It’s the location for one of the most recognised tropical island films, Blue Lagoon. Read my story published … Continue reading

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From silo to high life – Cape Town’s new luxury Silo Hotel

Once a historic grain silo, now a beautiful hotel, Cape Town’s new Silo Hotel glitters like a lighthouse on the Waterfront. And the landmark Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will open in September in the silos themselves. Read … Continue reading

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Ireland – enchanting otherworld road trip

Ireland and Northern Ireland, I must admit, are two of my favourite countries. What bliss therefore, to get in a car and drive for seven days the 1100-road trip from Dublin up around the Northern Ireland coast down to Galway. … Continue reading

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