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The 230 kilometres of Icefield Parkway curls its way along the spine of the Rockies. Connecting the tiny gem of Lake Louise with its famed chateau and glorious lakes and the ski town and national park of Jasper, the road teems with gushing waterfalls, stunning mountain vistas of craggy peaks and vividly coloured glacial lakes. Every bend seemingly unveils a stunning new view as the road connects ....Continue Reading >>
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Standing like guards over the milky waters in a bend of the Bow River, the Hoodoos jut out of the surrounding forests. Accessed off Tunnel Mountain Drive and protected by a cap of hard rock, the spires are carved by water and wind over 1000s of years.Banff Vacations ....Continue Reading >>
Among wildflower fields of the Rockies, bright red splotches of colour are often the alluringly named Indian Paint Brush plants. The North American Indians used the plant as both a source of ood and as a medicine with the scarlet plant also being Wyoming's state flower. ....Continue Reading >>
Just south of the superb Rockies national parks, Canmore acts as a popular gateway to the spectacular sights of Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. South of Canmore is Kananaskis Country – a sprawling area of provincial parks, outdoor recreation, mountains and wilderness.Far less travelled than its famous neighbouring national parks, Kananaskis Country is a worthwhile diversion ....Continue Reading >>
With its rugged landscapes, wildlife, a towering waterfall, fascinating fossil beds, numerous walking trails and aquamarine lakes, Yoho National Park is a less visited gem sandwiched between Kootenay National Park and Lake Louise. Named for the Cree term for amazement, Yoho makes for a wonderful one day excursion through the western slopes of the Rockies.As if marking the entrance to the ....Continue Reading >>
Far less popular than its ritzy neighbour Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park makes for an excellent one day diversion from the main Rockies sights. A single 100 kilometre road in the shape of a superhero lightning bolt cuts through the centre of Kootenay National Park highlighting superb mountain vistas, glacial lakes, roaring rivers, wildlife, hiking trails and hot springs.From Banff ....Continue Reading >>
The summer yak camp of Na high in Nepal's Rolwaling Valley (on a crisp early spring morning) sits in an amphitheatre of superb Himalayan peaks inlcuding the steep and fluted Chobutse (Tsobutse), which stands at 6,690 metres. ....Continue Reading >>
Like a number of West Africa countries, the Ivory Coast (Côte D'Ivoire) has seen its share of political upheaval and civil war over recent years. While the country is more famous for its towerering basilica (arguably the world's largest) which rivals St Peter's in the Vatican, its western border features the unusually named town of Man which hides among a suite of craggy mountains (the area ....Continue Reading >>
Around 70 kilometres north of the elegant city of Dunedin (with its hexagonal city centre, castle and albatross nesting area) is one of nature’s more unusual travel wonders. As if walking into a giant’s game of marbles, huge spherical rocks are randomly scattered over Koekohe Beach. Unlike typical stones eroded smooth by the pounding oceans and coastal winds, the Moeraki Boulders (or Kaihinaki ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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