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Lake Matheson, New Zealand

New Zealand: The world’s best travel?

Choosing my favourite travel destination is not an easy task. Although I’m a Wandering Kiwi I am reminded time and again how much New Zealand has to offer lovers of beautiful and unique landscapes. So I would like to share a photo essay of my best New Zealand photographs and my favourite scenes and experiences […]

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 […]

Franklin River Nature Walk, Tasmania

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]