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Monique Ceccato

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About Monique
I'm a freelance travel journalist and photographer. For the past ten years, I've produced both written and photographic work for an extensive list of clientele. I've had work published on and in 9Travel, Australian Hotelier, Australian Traveller, Broadsheet (and the Broadsheet Travel Book), Connect to Country, delicious, Escape, Get Lost, Hurtigruten Magazine, International Traveller, NZ Herald, RAC WA, SBS Food, and Virgin Australia.

A born and bred West Australian, I'm an expert on the subject matter. But I now live in Stavanger, Norway, so you could also say I'm also an expert on all things Norge.

When I'm not in front of the computer or busy dreaming up my next adventure, you can find me curled up with an arrow word magazine or true crime read, talking to the bartenders about all things booze, or recharging by the ocean.
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The Best Places to Eat in Busselton

24 Mar 2024  |  thelocalrag.com.au
Busselton, a holiday town south of Perth, has experienced significant growth in its dining scene, rivaling neighboring towns like Dunsborough and Margaret River. The article highlights several eateries, including Mano Wraps for gluten-free wraps, Inara for Middle-Eastern cuisine, Busselton Pavilion for its pub and wine store, Burger Bones for grass-fed beef burgers, The Banksia Tavern for local beers and regional produce, and Amelia Park Lodge for Peruvian dishes. Each establishment is praised for its unique offerings and contribution to Busselton's culinary diversity.

I learnt to sail in Croatia with Nautilus Sailing

02 Jan 2024  |  themercury
The author recounts their experience learning to sail in Croatia with Nautilus Sailing, where they and three others went from novices to receiving globally recognized ASA certifications in a week. The intensive course included both theoretical and practical lessons, such as knot-tying and Mediterranean mooring, led by instructor Tim Geisler. The group also enjoyed the local scenery, swimming, and dining, with visits to Palmižana island, Hvar, and Vis, including a winery with a cellar in a WWII tunnel. The trip concluded with a final night of camaraderie in Trogir, celebrating their new qualifications and friendships.

Along the ‘river of kings’: Cruising the Danube the Tauck way

26 Nov 2023  |  karryon.com.au
Monique Ceccato recounts her luxurious experience on Tauck's Blue Danube river cruise, highlighting the opulent social events, historical tours, and personal touches that define the journey. Starting in Budapest and ending in Prague, the cruise includes stops in Vienna, Bratislava, and quaint country towns. The MS Joy serves as the vessel for this all-inclusive trip, offering spacious cabins and panoramic views. Guests enjoy exclusive access to historical sites, private performances, and unexpected delights, such as a private dinner at Palais Pallavicini and a tour of the Strahov Library, culminating in a memorable 12-day adventure.

GO NZ: A beginner's guide to cross country skiing

01 Oct 2023  |  NZ Herald
Cross country skiing, a popular activity in Scandinavia, is gaining traction in New Zealand. Unlike alpine skiing, it involves skiing across varied terrains using one's own leg power. Sebastian Droyer, a Norwegian-Australian ski instructor, explains the basics and benefits of cross country skiing, emphasizing its affordability and full-body workout. Essential equipment includes longer, thinner skis and flexible boots. Beginners should start with the classic technique before advancing to the skating technique. Ideal locations in New Zealand include the Pisa Alpine Conservation Area in Wānaka and Lake Tekapo, with facilities like Snow Farm and guided tours by Alpine Recreation offering comprehensive experiences.

6 Carry-on Must-haves For Stylish Travellers

06 May 2023  |  So Where Next
The article highlights six essential carry-on items for stylish travelers, emphasizing both aesthetics and functionality. Featured products include Paravel's sustainable carry-on case, Baiia's versatile multiway dress, Aerohart's warm Merino wool blanket, CurrentBody's anti-wrinkle sleep mask, Maison de Sabré's practical backpack, and Trtl's supportive travel pillow. Each product is praised for its unique features and benefits, making travel more comfortable and convenient.

How to Outsource Christmas Lunch in Perth This Year

16 Dec 2022  |  www.broadsheet.com.au
Perth offers various options for outsourcing Christmas lunch, including dining at State Buildings' restaurants, Ritz-Carlton Perth's Hearth Restaurant, and QT Perth's Santini Bar & Grill. QT Perth also provides a prepared Christmas feast for pickup. Fresh pastries can be ordered from Maison Saint-Honoré, and Kailis Bros will host a 36-hour Christmas Seafood Marathon. The article serves as a guide for those seeking to enjoy the holiday without the hassle of cooking.

O.My is a self-sustaining restaurant with its own farm

24 Aug 2022  |  hospitality | Magazine
O.My, a restaurant in Melbourne's Beaconsfield, exemplifies sustainable practices by sourcing all vegetables from its own 3.5-acre farm in Cardinia. Owner and head chef Blayne Bertoncello, who comes from a family of farmers, has integrated his passion for agriculture into the restaurant's operations. The farm grows 800 varieties of plants, allowing the restaurant to avoid using chemicals. O.My's menu, which changes daily, is based on the farm's yield and has shifted to a degustation-only model to align with the harvest. As O.My nears its 10th anniversary, Bertoncello plans to combine the restaurant and farm on one property and expand into wine and beer production.




Seven Great Perth Neighbourhoods to Consider for Your Next Move

27 May 2021  |  Concrete Playground
Perth, known for its laidback lifestyle and sunny weather, offers a variety of appealing neighbourhoods for potential residents. Scarborough is noted for its coastal living and vibrant community. Maylands and Bayswater are praised for their affordability and proximity to the city. Safety Bay, Innaloo, Henley Brook, and Mandurah are highlighted for their unique offerings, from coastal retreats to semi-rural family-friendly areas. The article suggests using NAB's Property Reports and Home Loan Borrowing Calculator for those considering a move.

How To Actually Care For Your Denim So It Lasts You A Lifetime

21 Apr 2021  |  junkee.com
Jeans are a versatile wardrobe staple, but proper care is essential for longevity. Levi's experts recommend washing jeans sparingly, spot cleaning with mild detergent and vinegar, and avoiding dryers to prevent damage. Airing or freezing jeans can help maintain freshness between washes. Hand washing or using a gentle machine cycle with cold water is advised to preserve the fabric. Turning jeans inside out during washing and air drying can prevent excessive fading and damage. Repairing worn jeans instead of discarding them can extend their life, benefiting both the wallet and the environment.

Queensland Food Festival: 4 Of The Best Winter Food Festivals

15 Apr 2019  |  junkee.com
Queensland is not only known for its natural beauty but also for its rich culinary scene, with an array of food festivals during the winter. The Noosa Food And Wine Festival is a highlight, featuring celebrity chefs and a variety of food and drink. Scenic Rim Eat Local Week offers a week of unique farm-to-table experiences. The Curated Plate on the Sunshine Coast combines a vacation with a culinary adventure, showcasing local produce and top chefs. The Hervey Bay Seafood Festival provides a sea-to-plate experience coinciding with the Hervey Bay Whale Festival. These festivals offer a blend of gourmet food, local culture, and nature.

Hotel Review: Empire Spa and Retreat, a true gem in Australia's South West

07 Dec 2017  |  travel.nine.com.au
Empire Retreat and Spa is portrayed as a secluded and luxurious country getaway in Australia's South West, nestled between Dunsborough and Yallingup. The retreat offers nine suites, one luxury villa, a common area, and a day spa, all designed with natural timber, stone, and luxury linens. Despite the absence of a pool and room service, the retreat encourages guests to explore nearby beaches, wineries, and restaurants. Amenities include gourmet picnic hampers, Empire Estate wine, and a spa offering massages and treatments.

Coral Coast & Ningaloo Guide & Travel Information

25 May 2011  |  Australian Traveller
The Coral Coast in Western Australia offers a variety of attractions including Wildflower Country, Ningaloo, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Indian Ocean Drive, and Shark Bay. Highlights include swimming with whale sharks, snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef, sailing, and exploring Cape Range National Park. Accommodation options range from luxury stays at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and Sail Ningaloo to budget-friendly motels like Jurien Motel & Apartments and Cervantes Pinnacles Motel.

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