The Grotto Church of San Michele at Cagnano Varano

We came across it by chance. Driving alongside Lake Varano, a few kilometres from the town of Cagnano, we spotted an inconspicuous road sign pointing to the Grotta di San Michele. We hadn’t heard of it, and didn’t expect to find anything more than one of the many...

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Wildlife of the Kaikoura Peninsula Part 1

Kaikoura has long been known for the abundance of its wildlife. In early times this meant an profusion of food (the name derives from the Maori words for “food” and “crayfish”), leading to an early Maori settlement on the peninsula. Centuries of capturing animals and...

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A Visit to Monte Sant’Angelo

High on a hill in Puglia’s Gargano National Park, 800m above sea level, the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Today it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a recognition of its artistic and historic importance. In a way, it is...

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The Mystery of the Moeraki Boulders

We stumbled upon the Moeraki Boulders by accident. I hadn’t even heard of them when I saw the sign by the road, but we had been driving for some time and were ready for a break, so we stopped to have a look. I was unprepared for what we found: a group of boulders...

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The Pancake Rocks and Blowholes of Punakaiki

One of the amazing things about New Zealand is the ever changing landscape and the sheer variety of natural phenomena. I first realised this as we crossed the South Island, passing through the Canterbury Plain and across the snow-topped Southern Alps, then descending...

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