The Alhambra

One of the wonders of the world, a beautiful collection of buildings built centuries apart. From the original fortifications, to the best known Moorish palaces, to Charles V’s Renaissance palace, along with some stunning gardens. It is deservedly popular so book ahead online, but it is an absolute must do if you’re in this part…

Malaga

Far better than reputation might suggest, Malaga has a surprising amount of history to explore. Alcazaba Prime hill top location for this fort complex. Which had some good views over the town, which we briefly explored. Jardin Botanico La Concepcion Flagged as one of the best gardens in Spain this fell well short of that title…

Córdoba

Heart of the Moorish empire for hundreds of years, and one of the largest cities in the world in the ninth and tenth centuries, Córdoba is home to some of the most stunning places in a history packed region. Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos Home to some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve visited in Spain. Mezquita…

South Island from the road

One of the downsides of travelling around New Zealand is the amount of driving (though it’s nothing compared to travelling around North or South America), with only a handful of long distance trains. Being a passenger while someone else is driving isn’t so bad though, particularly when armed with a telephoto lens and stunning scenery.…

Akaroa

One of the more pleasant places in a land filled with pleasant places, Akaroa is nestled in a nock of an extinct volcanic, now a beautiful harbour, an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. Built on the quality of it’s grass seed, it’s now primarily a tourist spot, and one of the more nicely…

Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki

Yes, the lake really is that colour. Despite visiting Lake Tekapo three times it still amazes me every time, particularly in contrast to the dry, yellow landscape. The town is a bit of a building site atm, but improvements can only go so far when some of the best views of the lake are from…

Timaru

Far better than reputation may suggest, Timaru is a rather lovely, if slightly dilapidated, seaside town on the East Coast of the South Island. Caroline Bay is a beautiful spot, whether seen from the top of the hill, wandering across the boardwalk, or down on the beach. The Sacred Heart Basilica is an unexpectedly grand…