The Hollow Mountain: Gibraltar and Its Caves

The Hollow Mountain: Gibraltar and Its Caves

Gibraltar is full of caves. They are a part of the long history of the Rock, stretching back to the earliest times. One of the most famous – and the one most easily accessible to visitors – is the spectacular St Michael’s Cave, close to the top of the Rock of...

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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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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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