Italy: Wandering through Assisi

I have to be honest with you straight away and say that Assisi is very touristy. Crowded with coach tours that include the sort of loud vacationers and tacky souvenir shops that I usually avoid like the plague. Regardless, I did find Assisi beautiful and I have always found the figure of St Francis of […]

Italy: The Way of St Francis

I know a lot of people who have walked on the Camino di Compostela di Santiago, which is the most famous pilgrimage route in Europe but it has never really appealed to me. The scenery doesn’t seem very inspiring and the fact that 237,000 people did this camino in 2014 puts me off as well. […]

England: Wandering Hadrian’s Wall

I have always wanted to see Hadrian’s Wall, in fact I harbour an ambition of walking the entire length of it one day. I loved reading Rosemary Sutcliffe’s novels when I was a child – especially Eagle of the Ninth – and the thought of those Roman legions stationed at the edge of the empire […]

Sponsored Video: Wandering in Dublin

Dublin was for a long time a dream travel destination for me, high on my list for when I came to Europe, but in the end when I finally got there I only had one day to make the most of this city! Don’t feel too sorry for me. The reason my Dublin time was […]

Wandering on Iceland’s south coast

Photo: Iceland Tourism A lot of visitors to Iceland go on a day tour of the south coast; Iceland tours that take you from Reykjavik and stop at the Vik Village, the two big waterfalls, perhaps the Skogar folk museum and the tongue of the Solheimajokull glacier. It’s a long day and a whistle stop rush […]


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 […]

Italy: Wandering through Orvieto in Umbria

The Umbrian hill town of Orvieto is one of the architectural and artistic highlights of Italy but many visit on a brief tour-party stop between Rome and Florence. Piazza Duomo is very busy around midday as coach-loads of tourists and school groups swarm around the famous cathedral. But once they have moved on the town […]

New Zealand: Angora Rabbit Shearing in Waitomo

What do you think of when you picture a rabbit? And shearing? Probably something like this? Right? Well if, like me you find yourself with an hour to kill after exploring the magnificent Waitomo Caves, in the North Island of New Zealand, you will come face to face with THIS Waitomo’s ‘The Shearing Shed’ have […]