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A travel guide to War and Peace film locations

When I entered the grand ballroom in the Catherine Palace, just outside St Petersburg, Russia, I was captivated by the idea of swirling around this space wearing exquisite silks and jewels like Natasha Rostov in War and Peace. This week I got to watch Lily James living out my fantasy on TV, aargh!! It couldn’t […]

Why I want to do a glacier walk in Iceland

When I visited Iceland I was booked to do a glacier walk but the weather refused to cooperate and my trip was cancelled. The disappointment is still bothering me. Iceland is the perfect destination for a mountain glacier walking experience, whether you are a mountaineer or not. I have walked across a glacier before several […]

Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beach: Talalla

I spent a lot of time researching as I planned the Wandering Kiwi trip to Sri Lanka. I looked online, in a guide book, and talked to friends who had been recently. Most of the Sri Lanka itinerary fell into place fairly easily but one item dominated my travel research – which beach to go to […]

Sri Lanka: Wandering through Galle with Shanjei

The fortress of Galle is a many layered beast, with multiple levels of architecture adding up to a mysteriously beautiful scrap of urbanity perched upon Sri Lanka’s south coast. It has a history that stretches back a thousand years and a mixture of glamour and dilapidation that is irresistible. It’s now the sort of place where […]

Sri Lanka: Is the World’s End Walk worth it?

There were many times I thought about pulling the pin on the World’s End walk at Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. Not least when I was woken before my alarm by the pre-recorded chanting at the local Buddhist monastery. The dank, cold guesthouse in Nuwara Eliya had not made for a good night’s […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]