Margaret River

Margaret River lies 170 miles south of Perth. It is good for a few days road trip down the coast. Places you might want to stop at include Rockingham, Bunbury, Busselton, Yallingup and the Tuart forests inland from Busselton. Our first stop was at Rockingham, for a walk along the wild and windy beach. There […]

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Stockholm

When a friend has a friend who lives in Stockholm and is prepared to let you stay in her flat for a week for very little, you are truly in luck. Stockholm is known as an expensive place, but any accommodation that’s reasonable value close to a Metro station is going to be worth looking […]

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Dubrovnik

Croatia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world since it became an independent country in the early 90’s. Its beautiful coastline and many islands drawing visitors both international and domestic. Its warm Adriatic climate is pleasant from spring though to autumn. Dubrovnik in the far south of the country receives […]

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North Wales

North Wales has a lot to offer. Beautiful beaches, ancient castles, fantastic mountain and coastal scenery, and lots of great places to stay. Coming from England the usual route is via the A55 along the north coast of Wales. If you are coming from the Midlands or South you may come via Shrewsbury, or there […]

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Kyoto

Why pick Kyoto when travelling to Japan for the first time? Kyoto survived the Second World War largely intact as it wasn’t made a target for many American bombing raids. The temples, houses and important city buildings didn’t need to be rebuilt following the war. This is lead it to remain a center for Japanese […]

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Seville

Seville was the first truly exotic city I visited. I was 20 years old and had just started travelling around Europe. Arriving in 40 degree heat on the train and walking across the city the first thing to amaze me was the beautiful parks. We walked down the gorgeous terraces into a panorama of colorful […]

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French Alps

The French Alps are one of the most visually stunning parts of France. From Lac Leman in the north they stretch south to the Mediterranean, with the Alps Maritime reaching the sea near Nice. Flying over them you can see the scale of the range, and of course the Alps continue east into Switzerland and […]

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Esperance

When the weather is baking hot in Perth it’s time to head to the south of Western Australia for temperatures a few degrees cooler. Esperance is easily reachable by road and can be done with an overnight stop on the way. The total drive is about eight hours and a good place to break the […]

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Lake Como

One of the larger Italian lakes, Lake Como is also one of the most beautiful. Surrounded by the mountains of the Italian southern Alps it can be easily reached by train from Milan which is only 25 miles away. We had no fixed itinerary and flew into Milan airport, heading north from Milan railway station […]

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Ningaloo

Ningaloo Reef is a 150 mile coral reef stretching up part of the coast of Western Australia. It is a fringing reef rather than a barrier reef, the difference being a fringing reef grows close to the shore separated by a narrow lagoon, whereas a barrier reef is separated from the shore by a deeper […]

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