No.65 May 2015



A personal note from Yvonne

I am delighted to be back in brisk wonderful Melbourne after a very successful Pharmaceutical Society of Australia 40th Offshore Refresher Conference in Berlin and Paris with 300 delegates.

The pre-conference was in Poland with precious time in Warsaw which was once called the “Paris of the North“. It was almost completely destroyed in World War II and then survived the bitter stranglehold of the Soviet occupation and the upheaval of capitalism as we know it today. Warsaw continues to rebuild and re-invent itself, demonstrating balance of preservation and resilient renewal. The city has spent millions to maintain its places of interest along the Chopin Route and there are pedestrian benches all around the city that play music when touched. A wonderful tribute to Chopin! Little remains of the Jewish Ghetto but the Warsaw Rising Museum is a must on any itinerary.

We took a train to Krakow and it is definitely my favourite Polish city. The 1000 year old former capitol escaped serious damage in the war and the Old Town and Kazimierz districts are on the UNESCO heritage list. I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau and was privileged to have a guide who had both knowledge and sensitivity.

Then on to buzzing Berlin, a city for the young and young at heart. Five days was just not enough. My next stop was Paris - albeit a brief stop of just two days. I managed to see a number of the tourist spots - had a dinner on a river boat on the Seine under the Eiffel Tower as we could not cruise due to floods in Paris - and had a quick shopping trip to Rue St Honre where I bought a handbag to commemorate my revisit of the fashion capitol of Europe.

I have listed below some of the forthcoming small group programmes we have over the next eighteen months so you can plan well ahead. 

Until next time,

Yvonne Lazarow
Managing Director

PS. Apologies for the delay in my May newsletter but I had been struck down by the dreaded lurgy.




As so many of you have requested what is in the pipeline here is a preview of what we will offer:

Vietnam Tour with extension to Cambodia
14-26 September 2015 ( Registrations will be closing in a month or so contact us now to secure your place.

Jazz and Blues Tour 
22 August - 15 September 2015 to Cuba, New Orleans and a Mississippi River Cruise (SOLD OUT)

Japan Tour
7 - 20 April 2016. (Japan website (

Golden Pagoda Tour to Myanmar
4 - 22 October 2016 plus four nights in Bhutan (no website as yet – we still have to do the site inspection but are taking expressions of interest)






This is a very unique photograph!

What's so special about this?
This is a picture of a rock formation near a lake in Burma . The photo can only be
taken on a specific day once a year when the sun rays touch the rocks at a certain angle.
Tilt your head to the left and then look at it again.

Did you notice anything different?
Yes or no? 

Now I will turn the whole scene vertical.

Mother Nature is Great Isn't She.

 Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly.




Effective 1 June 2015, the South African government will introduce strict new regulations regarding the travel of minors (children aged under 18 years) to and from South Africa. This applies to all nationalities and is being implemented to counter child abduction and human trafficking.

In addition to producing a valid travel document (passport) and full birth certificate, children travelling with only one parent or unaccompanied will also be required to produce a legal document signed by any non-travelling parents, giving approval for the child’s travel. Otherwise, where applicable, they must produce a death certificate of a parent registered on the birth certificate of the child, or a court order granting sole custody. This legal document can be a Statutory Declaration or an Affidavit and must contain full names and passport details of both parents registered on the birth certificate and child(ren), with contact details for any non-travelling parent. The document should also specify the travel destinations of the parent and child(ren). These legal documents or certified copies of these documents cannot be more than 3 months old. If there is only one parent registered on the birth certificate, that person has sole responsibility.

Non-compliance from 1 June 2015 will result in passengers being denied boarding of flights or being turned back at the border. 




36-day Grand World Voyage Segment - Fort Lauderdale to Sydney 


ms Amsterdam - Sydney to Hong Kong departing 11 Feb 2016


Book an Ocean-view stateroom or above and receive:
- Shore excursion credits
- Dine Around package
- Reduced deposits
- Reduced cruise fares for 3rd/4th guest

Plus, book a suite and receive:
- DOUBLE the shore excursion credit
- Internet package
- Beverage card

Oceanview (per person twin share) from $8,899
Vista Suite (per person twin share) from $13,699



ms Amsterdam - Fort Lauderdale to Sydney departing 5 Jan 2016

Oceanview (per person twin share) from $5,299
Vista Suite (per person twin share) from $9,199





1. China: The Spiral Staircase. 

The spiral staircase on the Taihang Mountains is 91 meters high. 

2. Bosnia and Herzegovina: the small town of Blagaj


The Tekija house built in the 16th century next to the source of the Buna.

3. Romania: Merry Cemetery in the village of Sapanta


The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta has Marmatie funeral wooden tombs, painted in bright colors.

4 Malta: Popeye Village


It was built as a movie set in 1980 for the film Popeye (Walt Disney). Today it is open to the public as a museum.

5. Iceland: Falls Litlanesfoss


Litlanesfoss is waterfalls surrounded by basalt columns Upphéraðsvegur located in Iceland.

6. China: The mountains rainbow sky


Zhangye Danxia mountains were formed on red terrigenous sedimentary layers that have been eroding for 24 million years.

7. India: Chand Baori


In Rajasthan, the building dating from the 11th century is one of the first baoris (wells) that has solved the problem of lack of water.

8. Burma: The village of Bagan


Bagan is a large Buddhist archaeological site of nearly 50 square kilometers in the Region of Mandalay in the central plain of Burma.

9. Sichuan: The Leshan Giant Buddha


The Leshan Giant Buddha is a monumental statue of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Mount Lingyun Sichuan.

10. Bhutan: The Monastery Taktshang


Taktshang is a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, perched on a cliff at 3,120 meters above sea level.


A man had just settled into his seat next to the window on the plane when another man sat down in the aisle seat and
put his black Labrador Retriever in the middle seat next to the man.

The first man looked very quizzically at the dog and asked why the dog was allowed on the plane.

The second man explained that he was from the Police Drugs Enforcement Agency and that the dog was a 'sniffing dog'.
'His name is Sniffer and he's the best there is. I'll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.'

The plane took off, and once it has levelled out, the Policeman said, 'Watch this.'

He told Sniffer to 'search'. Sniffer jumped down, walked along the aisle, and finally sat very purposefully next to a woman for several seconds.

Sniffer then returned to his seat and put one paw on the policeman's arm.

The Policeman said, 'Good boy', and he turned to the man and said, 'That woman is in possession of marijuana, I'm making
a note of her seat number and the authorities will apprehend her when we land.

Gee, that's pretty good,' replied the first man.

Once again, the Policeman sent Sniffer to search the aisles. The Lab sniffed about, sat down beside a man for a few
seconds, returned to its seat, and this time he placed two paws on the agent's arm.

The Policeman said, 'That man is carrying cocaine, so again, I'm making a note of his seat number for the police.'

'I like it!' said his seat mate.

The Policeman then told Sniffer to 'search' . Sniffer walked up and down the aisles for a little while,
sat down for a moment, and then came racing back to the agent, jumped into the middle seat and proceeded to poop on the seat.

The first man was really disgusted by this behaviour and couldn't figure out how or why a well-trained dog would
behave like that. So he asked the Policeman, 'What's going on?'

The Policeman nervously replied, 'He's just found a bomb.'




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