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Cap de Formentar, Mallorca

Mallorca: Trying to relax in Pollenca

I once took a spontaneous and entirely unresearched post-exam holiday in Mallorca with a girlfriend. It was a 99-pound package and could have been a terrible mistake if we had ended up somewhere like ‘Shag-a-luf’. Fortunately when the dice rolled we were sent to… Pollenca, a small town  on a beautiful peaceful bay with clear […]

Tintin on Lombard building, Brussels

Belgium: Meeting Tintin and Hergé

Did you love reading Tintin books when you were a child? I did, in fact I still do and reading them to Wandering Kiwi Jr provides the perfect excuse to delve back into these famous travel adventures! So when I was planning our winter road trip around Belgium and the Netherlands this year I was […]

Lac du Genval, Belgium

Belgium: Wandering by the Lac du Genval

For most, Belgium is the land of the cartoon strip, beer, chocolate, lace, surrealism, festivals, fashion, design and culture. But hiding away in the little town of Genval, half an hour by road or rail from where the Eurostar terminates at Brussels’ Gare du Midi, is the home of the tranquil and luxurious spa break. It is a story of […]

Formerly the Blackball Hilton

New Zealand: Wandering in Blackball

Sitting out front at the pub the road steams slightly in the sun after the rain. I can smell citronella and bright petunias are waving their heads behind me. The Paparoas are appearing and disappearing in the mist surrounding the ‘town’. A black and brown dog who never tires of begging visitors to kick or throw […]

Kinderdijk in the Netherlands

Netherlands: Land, wind and water at Kinderdijk

This is a tale of land, wind and water that started really when we embarked on the ferry from Harwich in England. The Unesco World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk is only about 50 kilometres from the Hook of Holland so it was an unmissable stop on our road trip through the so-called ‘Low Countries’, Belgium […]

Mersea Island seascape Essex, England

England: Wandering Mersea Island

The geography geeks among you may like to know that Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom. But the reason many people visit in the winter is for the native Mersea Island oysters (Ostrea edulis). In other words Mersea is a foodie destination bar none! This island in the Colne/Blackwater […]