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England: A guide to Morris Dancing

By the title above I mean a guide to watching Morris Dancing rather than actually dancing! Have you heard of this strange English practice? The first time I saw Morris Dancing my first thought was that if I had stayed safely in London I would have been safe from such as this! But London isn’t England […]

France: A tour of the Beaujolais wine region

I spent a lovely day exploring the Beaujolais wine region during my recent trip to Lyon, in the Rhone department of France. Beaujolais is made up of picturesque rolling hills covered with vines and there are plenty of delightful caves for wine tasting. People have been making wine here since Roman times and nowadays there are […]

Germany: Get the most out of Oktoberfest

Did you know that around seven million people visit Munich from all over Germany and the world to attend Oktoberfest? That the Bavarian capital of Munich makes an estimated £1.8 billion from the famous beer festival? These numbers may seem overwhelming and I was determined not to be one of them, thinking it was some sort of tacky drink-a-thon […]

New Zealand: One week South Island itinerary

This is a New Zealand itinerary for travellers who are pressed for time and only have a week (8 days) to experience New Zealand, in which case you should focus on the South Island. It is for tourists who want to see beautiful scenery, as well as enjoying a little wine tasting at New Zealand’s […]

New Zealand with kids: A one-month itinerary for families

I am frequently asked to recommend New Zealand travel itineraries for family and friends so I thought I would share some of these with the rest of you! This itinerary is focused around ‘New Zealand with kids’ – for families travelling to New Zealand for one month. This is what I recommend for a first trip […]

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Spain: Wandering through the Alhambra

The Judas Trees will soon be in bloom again around the Alhambra. With purple blossom glowing in the warm air of springtime in southern Spain, and 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]