Tag Archive: Walking

The travel and adventure year ahead

As you may realise, I’m on an eight month stint of travel around Africa, South America, Central America and even a brief visit to North America. As we begin the new year I… Continue reading

A day in Chile at Torres del Paine

Five layers were never enough. Ten minutes outside was too long. It was safe to say Torres del Paine was freezing. I gave away the dream of doing the W Trek in Torres… Continue reading

Hitting the ice at Perito Moreno Glacier

First you hear cracking. Then you hear a shudder. Then you hear crashing. That’s ice falling from Perito Moreno Glacier. Taking the afternoon bus from El Calafate in Patagonia, Argentina, my newfound friend… Continue reading

Colour, culture, taste and life in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina is Passion. Colour. Food. Coffee (Cafe). Style. After about a week I’ve seen many sides to Buenos Aires in Argentina. It’s not what I expected, but its still a vibrant and interesting… Continue reading

Day Trips from Cape Town, South Africa

Wine, incredible landscapes, chocolate, boutique shops. Penguins, lighthouses, mountains. All the incredible sights I saw during a few days trips out from Cape Town. Visiting the wineries of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch South Africa, like New… Continue reading

Victoria Falls to Cape Town Tour: The End

It seems fitting that after such a variety of landscapes that our tour ended in an incredible spot in South Africa called Highlanders – a camp ground surrounded by vineyards in South Africa. I… Continue reading

Fish River Canyon, one of the biggest in the world

‘Coffee, Tea & Kudu Pies’ a sign says as we pass Fish River – more of a pond under the bridge rather than a river. Despite trying Kudu, Oryx and Springbok steaks I… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to me: Visiting the famous Sand Dunes of Namibia

5am. I’m hiking up Dune 45, 100 metres up a thin ridge of a massive sand dune. Terrified I manage to pass the sitting people to find a spot to see the sunrise.… Continue reading

In Namibia, but somewhat transported out of this world in Spitzkoppe

Wandering through the desert I was once again in a completely different landscape at Spitzkoppe. Greeted by a friendly meerkat we gazed on towards the area known as the ‘Matterhorn of Namibia’. The… Continue reading

Going bush in the Okavango Delta of Botswana

Loading ourselves into a dugout canoe, known as a ‘mokoro’ (or makoro) we set out for a 1-2 hour canoe trip to our bush camp. Bush camp meant a hole in the ground… Continue reading

Photo Friday: W is for ‘Wales’

Where do you come from? I may be a Kiwi born and bred, but my grandparents came from Wales and Scotland. I love Scotland, but finding a birth certificate for my visa was… Continue reading

Photography Friday: V is for ‘Vintgar’

Vintgar, ever heard of such a place? Think green waters – crystal clear. Think gushing waterfalls, wooden bridges winding around cliffs covered in plants. A world away from the city lies an oasis… Continue reading

Crossing the globe back to New Zealand: The travel plan

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m leaving the UK to travel the world back to my home country of New Zealand. What lies ahead of me for the next 8 months is… Continue reading

Meeting nature at the London Wetland Centre

A day out with a bunch of bloggers, a free play with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, a fantastic informative tour around a stunning nature reserve and a scrumptious lunch to boot!… Continue reading

Bookbenches in London: City Trail

Colourful stories coming alive all around London in the form of open books! Books about Town and many incredible artists have yet again, done themselves proud with an amazing display of artwork in… Continue reading

A day in the sun at Kew Gardens

Giant waterlilies, manicured gardens, greenhouses to put almost any others to shame and a lizard to boot! Just a few of the incredible sights to see during a day out in Kew Gardens.… Continue reading

Photography Friday: P is for ‘Portugal’

Medieval castles, beachy culture, cobbled streets, fantastic food and a relaxed lifestyle. Oh and the sunshine. Yes. SUNSHINE! That’s right, this week’s Photography Friday takes us to sunny Portugal! Enjoy a taste of… Continue reading

Bookbenches in London: Riverside Trail

A hint of colour hides around many corners in the London Bridge area of London lately. This is from all the amazing bookbenches created by artists for ‘Books About Town’. If you missed my… Continue reading

Top 10 London Staycation Ideas

Stuck at home in London while everyone around you is jetting off around the world on summer holidays? Sound familiar? For the first time in the last 5 years, this is me. No… Continue reading

Photography Friday: M is for ‘Montreux’

Tucked away hides a quaint little castle. Sitting on a wondrous lake in possibly the cleanest area in Europe. Château de Chillon is the drawing card for Montreux, but the stunning scenery that… Continue reading

Bookbenches for Books About Town

Colourful art amongst the city of London, for all to enjoy! Having recently written an article for the New Zealand Times about Mandii Pope, a brilliant Kiwi artist, I decided to venture out… Continue reading

Photography Friday: L is for ‘Lauterbrunnen’

Imagine a valley of green, waterfalls gushing down the mountains around, snow topped Alps in the distance, cow bells ringing and the smell of country air. Wondering where you are? Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland.… Continue reading

Photography Friday: I is for ‘Italy’!

Pasta, pizza, gelato…. ahhhh need I say more? Italy is my ‘most travelled’ country in Europe, heck, possibly in the world. It’s just stunning from the history, architecture to the food and scenery.… Continue reading

Getting cultured in Shakespeare’s hometown: Stratford upon Avon

Wandering through the house he was brought up in, hearing the stories from the guides inside, seeing the small four post beds, the nooks and crannies – it’s hard not to be astounded… Continue reading

Travelling around Russia

Expectations are a tricky thing, even when it’s not a physical thing you expect to see on your travels. I’ve learnt to try not have expectations as it puts a dampener on how… Continue reading

Six Years of Easter in different cities around the world

Its Good Friday and I’m currently in Moscow, Russia, reflecting on where I’ve spent the last six Easters… it’s always been a good excuse to check out another city for the traveller in me!… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 28: First, Switzerland

“A little magic can take you a long way” – Roald Dahl Today’s photo of the day comes high up in the Swiss Alps from a place near First. Just up the mountain… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 27: Oia, Santorini, Greece

Another done is done, another incredible sunset in Greece, from another incredible spot – Oia Greece is so relaxing and every day I was there, no matter the location, a beautiful sunset was… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 25: Rwanda, Africa

Sometimes it takes another being so free and untouched to make you realise how incredible the world is and how unique and beautiful it really is Today marks the day that I started… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 24: Sintra, Portugal

A little splash of colour always makes you smile. Even more when its on a massive palace in a lovely part of Portugal The Pena National Palace is a spot in Sintra Portugal… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 23: Granada, Spain

Sometimes its worth looking at the details to see the beauty within the culture of a city Today’s Photo of the Day is taken from a very Spanish town filled with true culture,… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 22: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar, one of the beauties with a completely multicultural beautiful city and another UNESCO World Heritage site Mostar was one of my first stops in Bosnia and Herzegovina and still one of my… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 21: Athens, Greece

One of those ‘pinch me’ moments of ‘I can’t believe I am standing in the Acropolis in Athens’ The history that Athens holds is just incredible. When I was a teenager learning about… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 20: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Such heartbreak amongst such beauty in Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited in Europe. Throughout the cities and villages, you can see the destruction… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 19: Uganda

One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things – Henry Miller Africa is incredible and completely took me by surprise. Uganda was so lush, with incredible… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 18: Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairytale chimneys and valleys from outer space, Cappadocia has incredible unique landscapes to wander through, float above and hike up Cappadocia just a short flight from Istanbul in Turkey, is an incredible spot so… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 16: Mt. Sinai, Egypt

Sometimes we just need a little bit of sunshine in our lives. Trekking through darkness around and around a mountain, I finally came to the last hurdle: stones steps (rocks) in the freezing… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 15: Herne Bay, England

Blue skies, colourful beach houses in a very English row on little stones. Herne Bay in England is the location for today’s Photo of the Day. Over the last year I’ve focused a… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 13: Kenya, Africa

Wild animals roaming free amongst green pastures, happy and free. Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya is the basis of today’s Photo of the Day. This baboons gazed up at while being lovingly… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 12: Positano, Italy

Blue sea against white washed buildings set into a large cliff is a decent description of the beautiful Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Positano is a dreamy spot to just lay back enjoy… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March11: Cinque Terre, Italy

Brilliant costal scenery, 5 colourful little villages and some incredible pizza and pasta – what better way to spend a long weekend than wandering through UNESCO World Heritage Site – Cinque Terre on… Continue reading

‘Pinch me’ moments to last a lifetime

Imagine this: you’re sitting on some stairs in the center of Prague’s town square. It’s St. Patrick’s Day 2008 and dusk has just kicked in. You are surrounded by Easter market stalls, brightly… Continue reading

The Homeland

Sunshine, warmth, pristine beaches, Pohutukawa trees, walks along white sandy shores, fish n’ chips wrapped in newspaper… these are things I remember from home, the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa. As a… Continue reading

2013 and 2014: What’s been and what’s to come

Every blogger does a year review right? Well I may as well join in and remind you all of my year. It’s definitely been a year of ups and downs, but definitely one… Continue reading

A Cornish Easter

Sea, sand, countryside, flowers and wind are the five words to round up my recent Easter getaway. Cornwall has always been described to me as an amazing beautiful place in the UK to… Continue reading