A few years ago for my birthday, Mr Kiwi and I boarded a plane up into the Arctic Circle. Thanks to the joys of social media and bloggers, we had been tipped off that one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights was Tromso in Northern Norway. We were lucky enough to not only see their elusive shimmers but also spend time under a sky where we could just about touch… View Post

Trafalgar Square Traffic Lights

Trafalgar Square Traffic Lights

No, I haven’t lost my mind. One of the things that I adore the most about London, is the sheer curiosity that this city engenders. You think you know London, and then you discover that some of the Trafalgar Square traffic lights have special symbols, rather than the ubiquitous stick man ushering pedestrians across the crossing. If I’m being honest, this isn’t a new discovery for me – but one that I’ve meant to share… View Post

19 of the best places to go in Amsterdam

19 of the best places to go in Amsterdam

There are certain cities that have an addictive, mysterious joie de vivre to them. Amsterdam sits firmly on that shortlist. Please excuse the somewhat clickbait style post title, but I was at a bit of a loss how to describe our most recent city break there. A good friend of ours (he and his family live in Japan) found himself in Europe, and really fancied finally exploring Amsterdam. 

Hellbrunn Palace: Trick Fountains and The Sound of …

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 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… View Post

9 of the best things to do in Salzburg

9 of the best things to do in Salzburg

Even if you don’t know the words to the Sound of Music or Falco’s epic 80s classic hit ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, you need to explore Salzburg for at least a long weekend at least once in your life. Most people roll up to this city for a day or so, hit up the tourist highlights and then disappear into another European country. The green waters of the Rhine shimmer through the centre of Salzburg, there is… View Post