Tour du Mt Blanc Day 2: La Flegere to Tre le Champ

When I planned my Tour du Mt Blanc hike I was concerned that I had made this second day too short at only around five hours. So I added a couple of harder variants. I was determined stay high wherever possible on this walk and enjoy the side trips available. So I set off promptly […]

Tour du Mt Blanc Day 1: Les Houches to La Flegere

Everyone warned me against doing this day first. From the guidebook, to every blog and online guide I read, they all said it was not advisable. In fact by the time I was sitting at dinner at Gite Michel Fagot I didn’t even want to mention my plans for my first day’s hiking to my […]

Hiking the Tour du Mt Blanc

Here I am at last. About to embark on the Tour du Mt Blanc, and it is ‘third time lucky’! Two years ago I was all set for hiking the Tour du Mt Blanc when I was let down by the British Home Office who kept my passport far longer than they should have. Last year […]

Hong Kong: 48-hour city guide

Be ready to eat, shop, and sight-see your way to a standstill from the moment your flight lands. Read my 48-hour Hong Kong city guide to find out how to make the most of two nights and two days exploring this crowded scrap of land off the edge of China on a short break or stopover:   Eating […]

Wandering serenely in Hong Kong

At times all you want from a short break in Hong Kong is to embrace the frenetic excitement of the streets and revel in the electric nightlife. But sometimes all you want from this Asian metropolis is serenity. So where do you go to find some stylish peace and quiet in the urban commotion of […]


Spain: Wandering through the Alhambra

The Judas Trees will soon be in bloom again around the Alhambra. Purple blossom glowing in the warm air of springtime in southern Spain, with the cool snows of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. I think this collection of broken towers, palaces, dungeons and gardens is one of the most romantic places to visit in […]

Australia: Riding the Indian Pacific

A frisson of excitement ran through the Adelaide Parklands Terminal at the announcement of the imminent arrival of the Indian Pacific train. People gathered on the platform to see the big loco pull into the station. As the sun set over the city I stowed my bag in my cabin and headed to the lounge […]

Wandering in London’s Kensal Green Cemetery

On a sultry London afternoon, descending into an underground space that is cold, dank, dirty, and full of dead bodies, is normally the last thing I would recommend. But the Kensal Green Cemetery in west London is worth a visit, both as a slice of 19th century history and as an operating London cemetery. It’s […]

The Vatican City in photos

I have this running debate with Mr Wandering Kiwi about how many countries I’ve been to – it’s 47 ok?! He has not been to 47 countries and even though it’s not a competition … One of the points of contention is Vatican City. By any dictionary (or wikipedia) definition a sovereign city state. So […]

Australia: Tasmanian Devils up close

Devils@Cradle is the Tasmanian Devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain – one of a series across Tasmania working hard to save this incredible beastie from annihilation via Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). I signed up for the night feeding session at 5.30pm (costs $27.50) and went along for a look expecting a bit of information and […]