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Grazing sheep dot verdant pastures throughout New Zealand. On this gloriously sunny day, I love the contrast of the emerald green farmlands and the turquoise blue ocean - something the sheep are clearly oblivious to. ....Continue Reading >>
The touristy town of Te Anau runs alongside the beautiful lake of the same name (New Zealand's second largest lake). It is the starting point for the superb scenic drive to Milford, the trek along Milford Track and the boat cruise along Milford Sound.The town is Maori for Swirling Water Cave which were only rediscovered in the late 1940s on the opposite side of the lake to the town and which ....Continue Reading >>
Perched in a grassy park lapping the shores of Lake Te Anau is a fine statue of intrepid Scottish explorer and guide, Quintin MacKinnon who co-founded the world-famous Milford Trackand opened up a pathway across the South Island of New Zealand. MacKinnon owned the rights to the mail run between Te Anau and Milford for some years before he sadly drowned in the lake his statue sits on only a few ....Continue Reading >>
The energetic (or mad?) walk to the top of Bob's Peak in Queenstown though most choose the relaxing Skyline Gondola. Whatever the method, rewards are spectacular 180+ degree views over Queenstown, sparkling Lake Wakatipu and surrounding snow-capped mountain ranges. In early autumn leaves turn a burnished gold making for a superb contrast with the sapphire blue waters of Lake Wakatipu.On the peak, ....Continue Reading >>
Cardrona is the midpoint of the superb scenic drive over the Crown Ranges between Wanaka and Queenstown. A ski village in winter, only a couple of buildings remain from the manic gold rush days of the 1860s including the iconic and historic Cardrona Hotel.Visitors can almost hear the dark coloured walls tell the tortured past tales of people seeking their riches. The backyard is a beautiful grassy ....Continue Reading >>
Some photographic reflections on my recent journey around the South Island of New Zealand. ....Continue Reading >>
The peaceful early morning waters of Queen Charlotte Sound is one of the most enchanting vistas among the number of channels and waterways that make up the majestic Marlborough Sounds. Long tentacles of water separated by heavily forested serrated hills pierce the ragged northern coastline of New Zealand's South Island meaning a number of tiny villages along the shoreline are only accessible by boat. ....Continue Reading >>
Roughly halfway along the 350-kilometre Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse in southern Germany is the delightful medieval half-timbered town of Nördlingen. As part of a bowl-shaped cratered area created by a meteorite strike (many millions of years ago), Nördlingen is rich in history. The circular 14th century town walls along with its towers and gates survive intact and make for a superb three kilometre ....Continue Reading >>
Bathed in beautiful white light, the huge 36 metre dome of St Blasien's Cathedral is an architectural wonder of harmony and grace. With a circle of windows and columns, the entire church is flooded in a glorious light befitting its spiritual role.In the south of Germany's Black Forest, the humble town of St Blasien (now a health resort) belies its rich history as a Benedictine monastery of almost ....Continue Reading >>
Built in 1883, this bridge was one of the first lift span bridges built over the Darling River. Designed to accommodate the 200 or so paddle steamers plying the inland waters of Australia by hand-cranking the centre section upwards, it was constructed in England and brought to Bourke in sections by paddle steamer. It was finally replaced by a newer bridge in 1998 (visible behind the old bridge) and ....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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