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Peak District landscape hiking

England: A day hike in the Peak District

Last year when I visited England’s Peak District it was too windy to head up onto the tops so this year I was thrilled to at last be able to walk the famous Kinder Scout edge. In March 2014 I got blown over by the high winds on Mam Tor and so headed for a beautiful low level […]

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. […]

Luna Park St Kilda, 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Indian Pacific rail journey, Australia

Australia: Riding the Indian Pacific

A frisson of excitement ran through the Adelaide Parklands Terminal at the announcement of the imminent arrival of the Indian Pacific train. People gathered on the platform to see the big loco pull into the station. As the sun set over the city I stowed my bag in my cabin and headed to the lounge […]

The Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

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 […]