Top 5 things to do with kids in Iceland

Image thanks to Iceland Tourism Iceland is an awesome destination and if you are trying to decide where to take your family on holiday next year there is no doubt that Iceland with kids will an absolute winner. For older kids there are hiking opportunities, while for younger ones the opportunity to get into lots […]

Christmas Markets holiday ideas in Europe

As winter is drawing closer and preparations for the festive season are getting underway, thoughts turn towards weekends spent sipping mulled wine and eating tasty treats in the snow-dusted piazzas of Europe’s most beautiful medieval towns and cities. The scent of hot mulled wine fills the air, along with the appetising aromas of holiday foods […]

Wandering on London’s South Bank

Once the home of notorious taverns, theatres, and bear-baiting pits, London’s South Bank has been transformed into a glamorous promenade that is a must-see for any visitor. This is a great place to stay, especially for first-time visitors, thanks to the plethora of London Intercontinental Hotels Group accomodations nearby. You’ll find plenty of attractions within walking […]

London: Wandering in Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum is one of my favourite London Museums – definitely one of those “hidden gems” that most people have never heard of but which I have returned to again and again over the years when visiting London. The reason I’ve never written a post about Leighton House Museum is because you aren’t allowed […]

New Zealand: Two-weeks South Island itinerary

Here is my recommended itinerary for two weeks travelling in the South Island of New Zealand. If you only have two weeks in New Zealand you should concentrate on the spectacular scenery of the South Island. With two weeks you can see a little more and spend less time driving than with the one-week New Zealand South Island […]

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 […]


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 […]

Wandering through the Vatican City

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 […]

Australia: Tasmania’s Western Wilderness

This was my third visit to Tasmania and this time the target was the evocatively named “Western Wilderness”. Following the Lyell Highway that leads from Derwent Bridge and Lake St Clair up and around the National Park, the first stop was the Franklin Nature Walk. It’s a mere 25 minute circuit but the forest is […]