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Death Valley, California

USA | Thursday, 22 May 2014 | Views [238]

Hot (hottest place on earth), low (282 feet below sea level) and very dry. And like everything in the States so far, it is B.I.G. Not much death though, which I guess is probably a good thing. Sand dunes, stripy rocks, canyons and salt flats. We ... Read more >

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Los Angeles

USA | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Views [325]

Arriving in the States was a bit of a culture shock after South America - so many (big) cars, billboards, shops, fat people, fast food outlets, and no fruit or veg in sight. So why not ratchet up the culture shock stakes and drive out to Beverley ... Read more >

Tags: beverley hills, hollywood, los angeles


Photos: Fifth leg - United States of America

USA | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Cartagena of the Indies

COLOMBIA | Monday, 19 May 2014 | Views [1239]

Built by the Spanish mainly in C16th and C17th, Cartagena's old walled city is a beautiful, romantic place and one of our favourite towns in the world. The fortified walls were built to protect the citizens and their gold from raiding English pirates ... Read more >

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Tayrona National Park - where rainforest meets ocean

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 18 May 2014 | Views [1207]

Whilst on the north Caribbean coast of Colombia, we went to this national park where the steep- sided rainforest sweeps right down to meet the ocean.  The Tayrona indigenous Indian people used to live in this area before the Spanish came in ... Read more >

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Tierredentro

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 4 May 2014 | Views [371]

This place IS the lush green Colombia that we see in the films.  Miles away from anywhere, we spent 6 hours on a bus to one town, having been delayed at three blockades by farmers' protests, then another 2 hours crammed in a jeep made for 10 ... Read more >

Tags: colombia, tierredentro, tombs


Desierto de Tatacoa

COLOMBIA | Thursday, 1 May 2014 | Views [269]

Colombia is lush and green, isn't it? Not in the Tatacoa Desert, trapped between two mountain ranges that shield it from rain. Instead of banana and palm trees - cactus plants. Instead of steep green mountains -red and grey carved sand sculptures. Instead ... Read more >


Zipaquira underground salt cathedral

COLOMBIA | Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | Views [229]

Zipaquira is a lovely town with an old colonial plaza and an absolutely massive salt mine honeycombed under the hill. Part of the mine has been carved into an underground salt cathedral, one of only three in the world, and voted by Colombians as the ... Read more >

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Bogota, Colombia - city of contrasts

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | Views [326]

Bogota (our introduction to Colombia) is a city of contrasts:- Concrete urban jungle vs cobbled old streets and quaint painted houses; "You want crack mister?" vs astounding churches; Scruffy graffiti scrawls vs amazing street art; Lots ... Read more >

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Photos: Fourth leg - Colombia

COLOMBIA | Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Our two-week homestay in Pucon, Chile

CHILE | Sunday, 27 Apr 2014 | Views [360] | Comments [1]

Homestay is where you live with a local family in their house, as one of the family. You eat with the family and spend time with them. It is a really great way to get to know a little about the local culture. We stayed with a lovely couple, Monica and ... Read more >

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Journey to the top of an active volcano!

CHILE | Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | Views [559]

Whilst in Pucon, we went on a guided climb to the top of Villarrica, one of Chile's most active volcanoes. This perfectly-shaped volcano (just how we used to draw them at school) looms over the town and despite erupting every 10 years or so, life goes ... Read more >

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Perfect Autumn Days in Los Glaciares National Park (Mt Fitzroy)

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | Views [604]

Frosty mornings, gold and red leaves, fierce sun in a cobalt blue sky, granite spires and snowy glaciers, clear mountain streams and sandy paths - these have been our days in the Los Glaciares national park, here in Argentinian Patagonia. So lucky are ... Read more >


Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia

ARGENTINA | Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | Views [223]

We have seen quite a few glaciers but the Perito Moreno glacier which flows from the South Patagonian Ice Cap is definitely The Big Daddy. Like the ice monster in your freezer compartment, this glacier is one of the few in the world which is still advancing.... Read more >


Pisco Sour

CHILE | Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | Views [161]

A sort of grape brandy, Pisco Sours are really tasty and refreshing and a speciality of Chile so it only seemed right to try them :) Dave and I toasted each other on Mother's Day - Dave in London and this is me in Chile having a particularly strong ... Read more >


Torres del Paine, Patagonia

CHILE | Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | Views [446]

Simply the most beautiful place on earth. Immense mountains, wild landscapes and weather, surrounded by views on all sides which just make you fill up with happiness. Sheer towers, bristling ice glaciers, lakes of every colour blue - mountain spectaculousness.... Read more >

Tags: torres del paine, trekking


Photos: Third leg - Chile and Argentina

CHILE | Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Terrific trekking - Routeburn and Milford Sound Tracks

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | Views [1486]

We ended our trip to New Zealand with two of the country's classic "Great Walks" - the Routeburn (3 days) and Milford Sound (4 days) treks. These are well maintained tracks with refuges (mountain lodges) to stay in at night. Being once again blessed ... Read more >

Tags: milford sound, routeburn, trekking


Beach beauties on the Catlins Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | Views [333]

The Catlins area is at the bottom of the South Island. Although the interior is a wee bit boring, being mainly farmland with a sprinkling of really nice forests and waterfalls, the coast is absolutely stunning on a sunny day. Miles and miles of sandy ... Read more >

Tags: catlins, sea lion


Shotover jet-boat ride

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | Views [347]

One of the experiences we had been looking forward to was to take a ride on the Shotover jet in Queenstown, and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We didn't want a better value scenic tour from one of the many competitors, we wanted the full-... Read more >

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