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October 8, 2017

The Splügen Pass is not the most comfortable route between Switzerland and Italy, nor is it the most direct but, at 2117m it is certainly one of the highest, and absolutely one of the most spectacular.

October 8, 2017

  One of the first things you notice when you hit the SS340, hugging the western shore of Lake Como, is that time has slowed.

  Lago di Como is perhaps the best known of Italy's northern lakes and, as we arrive from Switzerland on a warm October Wednesday, our leisurely...

August 17, 2017

  The road to Glenorchy takes you back in time.

  For more than 40 kilometres, one of New Zealand’s great journeys hugs the eastern edge of Lake Wakatipu, leaving Queenstown and its urgent sprawl behind.

  There is a moment, just after the road turns north, that a lookou...

October 6, 2016

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Staying at Ett Hem is less like staying at a hotel than it is hanging out at a really rich uncle's place, if that uncle was Swedish, with extraordinarily good taste, a rather nice wine cellar and never at home. A small door in a wa...

October 4, 2016

   The first thing you notice when you drive off the car ferry to Fårö is that the wind which blows off the Baltic has done a fabulous job of removing the hills.

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  This 113 sq/km island off Gotland's northern tip seems to have none. 

  And what few t...

September 21, 2016

  Fans of Scandinavian noir fiction know Bergen.

  Norway’s second largest city is not so much a location as a character. A brooding, rainy extra, painted in a palette of greys and blues.

  But not today.

   Today, this city of the fjords is basking in the late summer sun...

October 16, 2014

  A short train and ferry ride from Hiroshima, one of the world's hidden gems rests gently on the waters of Japan's Inland Sea.

  The Itsukushima Shrine offers a watery welcome to those who make the 10-minute journey from the mainland to Miyajima, the 30 sq/km island wh...

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