Articles by sam

Christmas gift ideas for mum

I have a mother. I also have a Grandmother. She’s 94. I also have a mother-in-law. And my wife is the mother of my son!!!! TOO MANY MOTHERS. I’ve collated some gift ideas that some of The Hubby House’s supporters can offer. Whether you’re buying for your mother, grandmother, or…


A walk to The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is arguably Paris’ most famous landmark. Due to the relative absence of hills in the French capital (save for Montmartre), it’s hard not to see the Tower from pretty much anywhere. Being up close and personal with it, though, is entirely different. As we’ve noted before, travelling…



Australian Black Friday sales!

So it’s fairly obvious that the Americans are pretty much crazy. From Donald Trump to Black Friday – it’s all just a bit weird over there. At least with Black Friday, we get CHEAP THINGS. And the best bit is we don’t have to leave our computers. Click click BOOM….


First full day in Paris – I love it here!

One of the (many) great things about Paris is that there’s so much to see within walking distance of other attractions. On this glorious Tuesday, our first full day in Paris, we decided to take to the streets and get a feel for the neighbourhood. Wandering up through The Tuileries…


Irresistible offers to Europe for 2017 with Air France

Make your European dream a reality Paris, Rome, Barcelone, London…? Treat yourself and visit the most beautiful capitals of Europe Business and Premium Economy deals are also available Check out the Air France website. From Melbourne to Europe Paris from AUD 1339* Rome from AUD 1448* Barcelona from AUD 1368*…


Gift ideas for dad

I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas that cover quite a few different interests. For anyone out there looking to buy me a gift- anything from the below list would be fabulous. I’ve tried to cover as many interests as possible in the list below- music, tools, books and games…


Sesame Street in Paris

While attempting to make our way to the National Picasso Museum, Clarrie decided we needed to make a pit stop at a park. As I’ve said before, this is part of the joy (and sometimes frustration) of travelling with little tikes. What struck us about this park wasn’t the park…


Square Jean XXIII – The park behind Notre Dame Cathedral

Square Jean XXIII is the park on the southern and eastern ‘rear’ sides of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It’s a wonderful tranquil area with swings for the kids, park benches for the adults and flowers for all. With great views of not only Notre Dame, but also the Seine,…


Climbing the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers

Climbing the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers is an absolute must-do while in Paris, especially if you don’t make it up the Eiffel Tower or Arc De Triomphe (ie: me). After going through the cathedral, Clarrie had fallen asleep in Elyse’s carrier, so it was decided I would go up the…


Visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral was near the top of my list of things to do while in Paris. The cathedral is a captivating building, with construction taking close to 300 years, starting in the 12th century. Being that it took so long to build, there are a variety of architectural styles…


L’aire de jeux dans le Jardin des Tuileries

Yeah baby – I can type in French! Welcome to Paris Upon arriving in Paris, we dumped our bags in the apartment and headed straight across the road to Tuileries Garden, which is the biggest park I have ever seen. It’s also our front yard. I really did well booking…


The Happiest Caffe in Paris

Happy Caffe has been one of our go-to places for our week in Paris. Situated next door to our apartment on Rue De Rivoli, and serving a fabulous selection of affordable sandwiches, crepes, and most importantly, beer. The owner was great for a chat, and they’re open late which is…


Emirates Business Class with a toddler

We’ve been in the care of Emirates for the better part of a day at this point. Through our amazing First Class flight from Melbourne to Dubai, to then being able to continue the sanity at the Emirates Lounge in Dubai has been a travel experience we won’t be forgetting…


Catching the TGV fast train to Paris

After our stellar rail experience between Rome and Venice a few weeks ago, I was really looking forward to this one. We don’t have anything close to a fast train in Australia, and crossing large swathes of distance in a few hours is a completely alien experience to us Aussies….





Riquewihr is like being in an Asterix comic!

Riquewihr is a village in the east of France, quite near the German border and according to Wikipedia is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France. When organising to stay with my brother and his family at Malsburg-Marzel, we left all the planning to him. I figured he…


The fairytale town of Malsburg-Marzell in Germany

Malsburg-Marzell is a tiny town in southern Germany. It borders the Black Forest, and the only reason we’re here is because my brother is. One can’t cross the planet and not see one’s brothers family when one is quite literally only a few hours away. So one did. And that…