Granada

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It’s a long way from Valencia to Granada – a bit over¬†five hours on the countryside route I followed. Beautiful views everywhere,¬†fairly easy driving, a delicious lunch at a small restaurant half way, and I got to the hotel in …

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Technical difficulties…

Right. My laptop has died – not completely, fortunately, but it’s going to need a repair before I can use it again. The net result of this is that I won’t be able to upload any photos to the blog …

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Blue Mountains

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To properly appreciate the Blue Mountains, I decided to rent a car, and with a journey to Melbourne planned I set the rental at eight days – plenty of time to visit several places between Sydney and Melbourne. Despite the …

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Christchurch

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On 22nd February 2011, at 12:51pm, an earthquake of magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale hit New Zealand’s South Island. Centred 10km from the centre of Christchurch, it caused massive amounts of damage to the city and 163 people …

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Dunedin

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I arrived in Dunedin, on the east coast of the south island, late in the afternoon with no booked accommodation. Fortunately, the first place I tried had availability, and luckily it was a really nice place too. Central Dunedin is …

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New Zealand – Invercargill to Dunedin

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After the scenic excesses of Fiordland, its was almost a mental relief to head towards Bluff – the southernmost town in NZ. The land flattened out, the roads became straighter, and more farmland appeared. There were a large number of …

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New Zealand – Glaciers and Fjords part II

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The next stop, after a relatively tedious drive, was Te Anau. A pleasant little place in it’s own right, but it’s prime advantage as a location is that it abuts the massive mountain ranges that form Fiordland in the south-west …

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New Zealand – Glaciers and Fjords part I

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I’ll start this post with a couple of apologies. I hadn’t initially intended on this blog being such a day-to-day diary sort of thing, but the posts appear to have evolved that way. I promise to skip out the relatively …

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New Zealand – Wellington to Franz Josef

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I was booked into a private room in Wellington – partly to recover from my previous stormy night, and partly to escape the traumas of yet another hostel dorm. In this case, it was a good move – each night …

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