About bontaks

Nic is the the 'Bon' part of 'Bontaks.' Together we are Nic and John - two travel-addicted teachers who enjoy every opportunity to go places, meet people and experience life.

Caribbean Cruise (Part 1) – Fort Lauderdale

Arrival in Fort Lauderdale After a mammoth transit effort of 3 flights and a total travel time of 32 hours door to door we arrived in Fort Lauderdale just past Continue Reading →

Porto, Portugal (Part 2) – River Cruise and Old City

River Cruise After our delicious breakfast of sardines, tomato and cheese on toast, we strolled down the hill to join one of the ‘six bridges river cruises.’ We went with Continue Reading →

Porto, Portugal (Part 1) – Arrival and Initial Explorations

Coimbra to Porto, via Aveiro We headed out from Coimbra with plenty of time to stop off in Aveiro on the way to Porto. Aveiro gets mixed reviews because it Continue Reading →

Coimbra, Portugal

It was with fondness and full bellies that we left the mother/daughter hosts extraordinaire, Anna and Anna, in Nazaré. Our destination for the day was north of our seaside town Continue Reading →

Funchal, Madeira

Upon arrival at Funchal Airport we were met by Funchal Airport Transfers. Easily prebooked online with payment of €25 in cash to the driver, we were pleasantly surprised to find Continue Reading →

Lisbon, Portugal

We have been meaning to ‘get to Portugal’ for many years, now, but we also wanted to spend a decent amount of time in a few places. I can tell Continue Reading →

La Maison Arabe, Marrakech

Marrakech is one of those enticingly exotic cities of many a traveller’s imagination. Her texture, light and visage are a sensory overload, and her welcoming people create instant connections with Continue Reading →

Marrakech – city tour and historic hotels

So much of our visit to Marrakech centred around our exquisite Moroccan hotel, La Maison Arabe, from outstanding meals to hammam treatments, cooking classes to jazz piano bar entertainment (see Continue Reading →