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

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 things you have to do on a Cologne …

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. (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…)

A Surprise Break with WowTrip to Cologne, Germany

A Surprise Break with WowTrip to Cologne, Germany

I simultaneously adore and loathe surprises. WowTrip wanted to send a group of us travel addicts bloggers to a surprise holiday destination, and I was curious to see how I as a type-A organiser would cope with it. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of WowTrip but my images and words are all very much my own. It couldn’t have been easier – we selected a date we could all do, sent over our passport & contact details and let… View Post