Street Art of Nachlaot and the Machane Yehuda Market

Street Art of Nachlaot and the Machane Yehuda Market

One of many surprises about Jerusalem was how much there was to see in the “new” town, the area outside the Old City. One such discovery was the Nachlaot district and the neighbouring Machane Yehuda Market. This is a fascinating area, not least for the street art that...

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Exploring San Francisco’s Chinatown

I always like to wander through the Chinatown area of large cities, enjoying the vibrancy, the bright colours and, of course, the food. So the Chinatown in San Francisco was not to be missed; this is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest in the US.  ...

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Wildlife of the Gargano Peninsula

One of the many pleasures of visiting the Gargano Peninsula is the sheer abundance of its wildlife. The unspoilt countryside and variety of habitats make this the ideal environment for all manner of birds and animals. Even in the towns you will find an unusual number...

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Enjoying Nature in the Gargano National Park

It was the ideal place for a walk. Cool and shady, the path stretching invitingly into the distance. And birds calling to us from every tree. The Umbra Forest The Gargano National Park covers the whole of the Gargano Peninsula, including the coastal wetlands, but it...

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Wildlife of the Kaikoura Peninsula, Part 2

Much of the wildlife of the Kaikoura Peninsula lives in the water. This means you have to go offshore to see it, so we booked ourselves onto a whalewatching tour. We equipped ourselves with some “all natural” sea-sickness pills (surprisingly effective) and braced...

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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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