Books to Read Before You Visit Spain

Books to Read Before You Visit Spain

I always find I get more out of my travels if I read about a place before I visit and, when it comes to Spain, there is no shortage of books to choose from. Here is my personal selection of books to read before you visit Spain. And, if you’re travelling with the...

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History and Margaritas at El Pueblo de Los Angeles

History and Margaritas at El Pueblo de Los Angeles

One of the things I love about California is the profusion of different cultures: Chinese, Japanese and, of course, Mexican. I also take a perverse delight in ferreting out historical sites among the glass and concrete of the gleaming modern cities. So it’s no...

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Cape Reinga, Not Quite the End of the World

Cape Reinga, Not Quite the End of the World

You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve reached the end of the world by the time you get to Cape Reinga. You’ve taken a long drive through a slightly alien environment and now you’ve arrived at the northern tip of New Zealand. Ahead of you is nothing but an endless...

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds: Birthplace of a Nation

Waitangi Treaty Grounds: Birthplace of a Nation

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are New Zealand’s most important historic site. It was here that the Waitangi Treaty was first signed on 6 February 1840. This treaty was the founding document of the New Zealand nation, a collaborative venture between the British and the...

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Kayakking Through the Mangroves in Abu Dhabi

Kayakking Through the Mangroves in Abu Dhabi

A few minutes earlier we were in Abu Dhabi, a noisy, bustling metropolis of high rise concrete, fast cars and muezzins. But here among the mangroves it was calm and peaceful, and there was no sound apart from the gentle swish of paddles. Learning to Paddle Five...

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