Caceres – one of Spain’s splendid small cities

Arriving in Caceres (my starting point for walking part of the Via de la Plata Camino) was a bit different. As I hopped off the train from Madrid in the evening I faced cold and rain. Time for a taxi to my hotel only meters from Plaza Mayor. As I arrive I hear the bands and music and see that some kind of festival is … Continue reading Caceres – one of Spain’s splendid small cities

A Taste of Belgium

Arriving late in the day in Brussels what better thing to do than head to the Grand Place with its palaces, old guild halls and town hall illuminated against the night sky. Crowds of people were enjoying the open air cafes in this square voted Europe’s most beautiful in 2010. The Town Hall was built in stages beginning in 1401. Subsequent bombardments and fires led … Continue reading A Taste of Belgium

The Dutch City of Leiden

Leiden is a relaxed and charming university town a half hour train ride from Amsterdam. The old town is filled with canals lined with distinctive tall and narrow houses and the odd building or church of historical significance. It features 88 bridges, a few windmills, a significant number of pleasure boats, an array of cafes and restaurants fronting the water and an army of happy … Continue reading The Dutch City of Leiden

Walking New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte Track

The 71 kilometre Queen Charlotte Walk in the Marlborough Sounds is a versatile walk ideal for those who enjoy the comforts of lodge accommodation at the end of a day’s walk. It also offers options for those who only wish to walk part of the way because a boat will pick up and drop you off at various places along the track. Thankfully the boat … Continue reading Walking New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte Track

A Taste of Innes National Park

The Stenhouse Bay Lookout walk starts at the Stenhouse Bay jetty just a few kilometres past the smart newish holiday town of Marion Bay, a 3 hour drive from Adelaide on Yorke Peninsula. It is part of of Innes National Park and is the place to go if you like rugged coastal scenery without car loads of tourists. You can stay in the Park (camping … Continue reading A Taste of Innes National Park

Six of the best experiences on Fitzroy Island

  If you like natural beauty and limited tourists then Fitzroy Island could be your perfect North Queensland escape. It only takes 45 minutes by fast ferry from the Cairns wharf. No roads, buses or cars. Go for the day, camp or stay overnight in the resort and be sure to feel relaxed in this pristine environment. Six of the BEST on Fitzroy Island 1. Go … Continue reading Six of the best experiences on Fitzroy Island

Walking the Lycian Way

If you like mediterranean coastal scenery, rugged walking paths, ancient history and Turkish cuisine then walking along parts of the 500 kilometre Lycian Way on the southern coast of Turkey might be something to put on the bucket list. It is still uncrowded but will no doubt become one of the world’s popular walks as accommodation options increase year by year. Starting point is at … Continue reading Walking the Lycian Way

Fleurieu Peninsula to Kangaroo Island

This top destination in Southern Australia is perfect to visit over summer months. Long lazy vineyard lunches, pristine coastline, meandering bike paths and cliff top walks at twilight- there is no better place to be in Australia than on the Fleurieu Peninsula about a one hour drive from Adelaide and close to the ever popular Kangaroo Island. How to get there : By car This is … Continue reading Fleurieu Peninsula to Kangaroo Island