Puccini in Italy – Mary Poppins – Austria – Excess Baggage – Ultimate Asia Cruise

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John Crook 

Celebrating Puccini

Commencing Friday July 22nd and then on selected dates throughout July and August, a musical festival is scheduled in the town of Torre del Lago, home to Puccini.  Throughout July and August his works will resonate through the village, featuring  La Boheme, Turandot, and Madame Butterfly.  For details of the festival go visit www.puccinifestival.it or telephone the Italian Government Tourist Office on (02) 9262 1666.  The festival will welcome in more than 40,000 spectators to the town’s open air theatre.  If you can make it, do yourself a favour. 

Ok, so Mary Poppins hits town

Bowral in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, on Saturday May 7th.  Not that much time to organise a trip into this beautiful region and also to join in the Welcome Home Mary Poppins, but for those who can make it,  the locals (and Mary) extend a great welcome.  The gathering of the clan, so to speak, will attempt a record breaking event,- namely creating a mosaic greater than that set by the 1,026 people in Serbia in 2009.  If interested and to register your intent,   telephone (02) 4801 0622.  The big day is to salute a former Bowral resident,- Helen Goff, the creator of Mary Poppins.  

Uniquely Austrian

The Austrian National Tourist Office has launched a new online and social media campaign, featuring 250 authentic activities, meals, landmarks and an assortment of secrets in which to assist travellers to better enjoy their Austrian experience.  The campaign promotes  a wealth of  recommendations, from dining in Europe’s oldest restaurant, doing an apple Strudel baking course in the bakery at Schonbrunn, to uncrowded bicycle paths, – to name but a few.  To obtain your copy of ‘Austria. Unique Like You’ simply email  info@antosyd.org.au   Include your postal address. 

Going overseas?

That’s when one discovers the suitcase is too small.  Perhaps one should consider a national excess baggage service, boasting more than 15 years experience.  Jetta Excess Baggage offers deals cheaper than airline excess baggage and offers luggage rates to more than 6500 destinations in 240 countries.   For more details telephone 1300 300 688. 

The ultimate Asia visit

A 22-night package which begins in Beijing opens the door to Aussies wishing to  explore a fascinating country.  All aboard, – for the cruise of a lifetime,- the departure ex Beijing on March 6, 2012.   Priced from $9439 per person twin share, there’s even a free night stopover at Singapore’s Raffles Hotel.   Not only cruising, but there’s heaps of on-land touring as well.  Best thing is to get yourself a copy of the itinerary by calling 1300 369 848.  Truly, one of the best itineraries I’ve come across.  Included in the price as quoted is return economy airfares with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.  Check it out by contacting www.ecruising.travel   

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.   

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