If you’ve got a thing for flowers, color, beauty, history and sweet-smelling air, the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam, is the place for you. It’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that no one has ever taken a bad photograph there. Well, not of the flowers anyway.
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Turkish Memorial at Gallipoli The sun is shining, warm with the beginning of spring. The narrow sandy beach is deserted. Tiny crystal clear waves lap at the few piles of seaweed. It’s an idyllic scene and hard to imagine thousands of soldiers landing here at dawn on April 25, 1915. But I try, because this […]
So you’re in Auckland, the sun is out and you’re thinking, wow this is a great day to go to the beach: where do you go? West to the black sand and surf? North to the sandy suburban shores? Or closer to home to a city beach? Auckland is located on an isthmus between two […]
Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s must-visit places no matter which season you’re visiting the South Island. It’s famous for its snowfields, its lake – Lake Wakatipu – its autumn leaves and spring blossoms and most of all just for that scenery. Oh, and the extreme sports – so many extreme sports. The town is […]
So, the flame has been extinguished and London 2012 is over. Two fabulous competitions: the Olympics and the Paralympics were enjoyed by millions. The athletes amazed the world and London was given a burst of new energy. But just because it’s over doesn’t mean you won’t still enjoy a lasting Olympic legacy in London. That […]
Croatia is blessed with one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. There are 1,185 islands dotted in the crystal clear blue sea, from tiny pale rocky outcrops to larger islands of villages, pine forests and beaches. It’s those beaches I love the most, and finding a gorgeous little cove with an old monastery […]
Located about 460 km (300 miles) north of London, the Lake District in England is the country’s biggest national park. In truth there is only one lake in the whole place, Bassenthwaite Lake, all the rest are called mere or water, such as Windermere and Derwent Water. But regardless of name, there are many lakes […]
Berlin was the world’s largest construction site has been battered and bruised, divided but never conquered. It’s defiant, it’s determined, it’s open-minded. And it’s affordable. No wonder it’s full of artists. Here are the top things to do in Berlin.
It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had been to a hammam before, and places claiming to be hammams, but this was the real deal. Visiting a a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul where people have been bathing for over 500 years. It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had […]
On a rainy weekend in London during August (the rumour was it was summer but clearly the sun has missed that memo), I headed downriver to Greenwich to where east meets west at 0 degrees of longitude, the Greenwich Meridian. Perhaps I was hoping the weather would be better on the other side. It wasn’t.