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    Hellbrunn Palace: Trick Fountains and The Sound of Music

    It was 37°C. Our faces were practically melting off in the unusual summer heatwave across Europe, and we’d already spent the morning climbing via cable car 1,320m up the Untersberg Mountain, so we headed for Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains

    Hellbrunn Palace Salzburg Austria Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size, near Morzg, a southern district of the city of Salzburg, Austria. It was built in 1613–19 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, and named for the clear spring that supplied it.

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    An Austrian Lake Retreat at Lake Wolfgangsee in Sankt Gilgen

    During our week in Salzburg, we decided that a couple of nights in an Austrian lake retreat was in order – we just wanted a little peace and quiet in an out-of-the-way nook.

    Austrian Sankt Gilgen Lake District Retreat Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Furiously Google researching before we left, I hatched a plan to hop on the coaches that serve the towns dotted around Austria, and after boarding we merrily watched the countryside gradually change before our eyes over the 45-minute journey. Read more


    9 London Houses & Gardens that you have to visit in Autumn

    Autumn. It’s considered ‘basic’ now to adore the season of rust coloured leaves, snuggling into warm scarves and sipping lattes – but I’ve always loved it. Something I love even more (if that’s possible) is exploring London houses and gardens in Autumn – it is beautiful, calm and cool.

    National Trust Osterley House and Park London Adventures of a London Kiwi

    So, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite houses with gardens where the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange and red (oh, and millennials, they’re all completely instagrammable for your Fall toned outfit shots – just sayin’!)

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    9 things you have to do on a Cologne City Break

    Dear planning shy travellers,

    Cologne in Germany is the perfect destination for a long weekend city break.

    48 hours in Cologne Germany Adventures of a London Kiwi

    (Nb: I write Cologne, Germany to ensure that the whole London/Tower Bridge confusion doesn’t happen – years and years ago an American millionaire thought he’d bought the beautiful Tower Bridge, but actually bought the rather more plain London Bridge and transported every stone all the way to the desert in the US…)

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