The Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg

Salzburg: 50 years of The Sound of Music

Watching The Sound of Music was part of my childhood. It was often on television around Christmastime each year and I knew the songs off by heart. When I finally got a chance to visit Salzburg and see the Austrian setting where the von Trapp family drama took place it was a dream come true. […]

Flinders Street Station, Melbourne

Australia: Things to do in Melbourne with kids

The grungy laneways; the multi-cultural residents; the vibrant cultural scene; the bold mix of heritage and modern architecture; the independent fashion; the ever-changing street art.  The Australian city of Melbourne has heart and soul! But what about entertainment for young visitors? Visiting families will love the many exciting things to do in Melbourne with kids and here […]

Pila ski holidays in the Italian Alps Aosta Valley

Italy: Ski holiday in Pila

Pila is a ski resort in the Italian Alps and without doubt it tops the charts when it comes to views – the outlook from the resort and runs are the most spectacular I have seen from a ski resort anywhere. I loved the pistes – long, sweeping runs with exhilarating steep sections, tree-lined idylls […]

Sunset in West Bali National Park

Indonesia: Top 10 things to do in Bali

Having written any number of posts about my wonderful travels in Indonesia’s Bali, I though it time to bring it all together with a highlights reel. If you are planning a visit to Bali, here are a few tips to keep in mind: Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud It is easy to be disappointed by […]

Fiordland, New Zealand

Am I ready to go hiking in New Zealand again?

Last week I wrote about my experience hiking the spectacular Rees-Dart Track in New Zealand. Despite the gorgeous alpine scenery, I finished this hike feeling like I never wanted to do another long walk again. I was exhausted physically and mentally, convinced I was the world’s worst hiker. With the benefit of hindsight I know […]


Santorini, Greek Islands

Santorini: Walking from Fira to Oia

The unique Greek island of Santorini is all about colour and contrast. Everything seems painted white: buildings, pavements, stones, even the tree trunks. Around midday the sky loses its dazzling blue and joins the whiteness above the hazy islands. Then there’s blue sea, blue paint, black sand and red rock. Not least when you take […]

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

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 […]

White Island

New Zealand’s geothermal wonders

New Zealand is part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ and growing up in Aotearoa, geothermal wonders and seismic activity (i.e. earthquakes) are something you become accustomed to. In fact, New Zealand is set right along the boundary between two tectonic plates – the Australian and the Pacific. This fault line has clearly shaped New […]

Hobbiton sign, New Zealand

New Zealand: The Hobbiton film set

Tour the LOTR Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand An empty road winds through bucolic farmland in the green Waikato region of New Zealand. I don’t pass another soul for twenty minutes and then, suddenly I drive around a bend and there’s a hive of activity! By which I mean 20 people (New Zealand is […]

Kensal Green Cemetery, London

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 […]