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Karen and I extend to all d'fine readers our
best wishes for a happy and peaceful
Christmas and a safe and prosperous
With your support, Cruise Lovers has become
the Redlands leading cruise travel agency,
booking a wide range of exciting cruise holidays.
We love cruising and sharing our knowledge
and experience with all our customers. We have
new ideas and destinations for those who cruise
regularly and we want to introduce the idea
of a cruising holiday to those who have never
First time cruisers are invited to attend one of
our "All you need to know about cruising"
information sessions and, in the New Year, we're
hoping to take a small group of clients on board
one of the ships visiting Brisbane for a walk
around and lunch.
Here are four great cruise offers this month.
First, we have an allocation of cabins on the Dawn
Princess 26-day "Around Australia" cruise from
Brisbane in September 2010 and on the 34-day
Hawaii, Tahiti and South Pacific cruise in March
2011. Ask about our excellent prices!
No single supplement! Uniworld River Cruises
has waived single supplement charge in limited
cabin categories on a selection of popular 2010
European river cruises of 8 to 15 days. For new
bookings made and deposited, single travellers
can cruise at the twin share price! Some dates are
filling fast, so don't delay -- book now!
Our New Zealand escorted cruise is only 14
months away! Fly from Brisbane on 26 February
2011 and have a night in Auckland before
boarding the Holland-America ship Volendam
for a lovely cruise via Tauranga (for Rotorua),
Gisborne, Wellington, Picton and the
Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch (Lyttelton),
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), the Fjordland National
Park, Burnie (Tasmania) and Melbourne to
Sydney. By flying one-way across the Tasman, we
have more time to cruise New Zealand on this
excellent cruise ship.
Peter Darby and Karen McLaren
Phone 3488 0103
Cruise Lovers, Cleveland
'This is the life' courtesy of Holland America Line
Keep Honking, I'm Reloading," reads the
bumper sticker of the car in front.The words
surround a picture of a .44 Magnum
favoured by Clint Eastwood's character, Dirty
There's no mistaking I'm in Dallas: the land of big
hair, big guns and bigger egos. As a kid I'd watched
the television soap of the same name. I can still
remember the opening theme tune, the gleaming
skyscrapers, JR with his stetson and silly grin.
It's a cliche that has stuck.Dallas, after all,is a city
built on oil money. Its halcyon days began about
1930 when black gold was struck some 100 miles
east of the city.
Today it's essentially split into two: Dallas and
Fort Worth.While downtown Dallas retains its role
as the business epicentre, Fort Worth has more of
a frontier feel.
Despite its prosperity,Dallas has a shadier claim
to fame. The city's nadir came on November 22,
1963, when President John F. Kennedy was
assassinated on Elm Street on Dealey Plaza. A
white X now marks the spot where the fatal
bullets struck. I spend a few seconds standing on
it during a brief lull in traffic.
Housed in the same building where Lee Harvey
Oswald is believed to have fired his rifle, the
nearby Sixth Floor Museum provides a
comprehensive account of the president's life,
from his rise to power to his assassination and the
Of course there
are many more
For example, the
point you in the
direction of West
Park Village or Mockingbird Station. Filled with
boutique stores, modern retail parks and buzzing
cafes, they're a shopaholic's dream.
For culture vultures,the Arts District, a 17-block
area packed with galleries and museums, is a
must. Spanning 27 hectares, it's home to the
Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts and the
Dallas Museum of Art.
The latter contains 23,000 works from across
For another perspective I head to Fort Worth
where the historic Stockyards District couldn't be
more different to Dallas centre, though only 45-
minutes away by car.
Motorbikes rumble up and down the street
between saloon bars. Inside there are longhorns
mounted on walls beside stuffed animal heads.
I head to the Cultural District where five
museums are in close proximity.
A highlight is the National Cowgirl Museum,a slick,
modern exhibit dedicated to women of the saddle.
With clever interactive displays and even a
mechanical bronco to ride, it's a great way to
spend an afternoon.
Finally, I decide no trip to Texas would be
complete without a visit to the rodeo.Happily, the
Stockyards Championships are regarded as
among the best in the state.
Inside there's a strong smell of cattle. Tiered
plastic seating faces a dusty pit in the centre of the
arena. Everyone is wearing a stetson.
At the far end, the bulls are locked in gated
pens. When the buzzer sounds, all hell breaks
loose. The gates fling open and the bulls charge,
their riders clinging on for dear life.
I watch in amazement as men are flung to the
dirt, often narrowly avoiding a fatal trampling.
Lasting only two hours, the rodeo is a great night
out and I leave with a strange case of stetson envy.
Dallas is an eclectic mix. My preconceptions
were not entirely wrong but there's far more to
the city than many would expect.
As the biker in Reno's Chop Shop told me:
"Dallas is a great city. There's a lot of cool stuff
going on sometimes you just have to dig a little
deeper to find it.
Guy Wilkinson digs deep and discovers the beating
heart of Dallas, under the big hair and bigger hats.
DF 1454950 - 8/12/09
200 Old Cleveland Road
Phone: 3245 6025
Christmas has never been this cool ...
Ladies Ecko and
ZOO York Shoes
Great Selection of
Guy & Girls Gear
Electric Scooter $95
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