by Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, October 1, 2019 “Tribes came up here for jade, the local greenstone,” says winemaker Nick Mills as we drive towards Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. “They had a high inland camp that was a place of rest and education. Then, in 1836, the warring chieftain Te Puoho came down the exposed west coast with over 100 warriors in a war canoe, found a local community, took some slaves as a guide, and wiped the valley clean. The place wasn’t settled again for a while after that. Anything that came here had to fly or swim. There were no mammals save for bats and seals.” It isn’t difficult to imagine this landscape without people in it. Vines have a habit of civilising the most extreme of places, but much of Otago – the wine region is Central Otago – still feels as wild as it is beautiful. Snowy mountain peaks rise out of a landscape of weathered rock. Even under a grey sky the rivers are a … [Read more...] about How to Visit the World’s Most Spectacular Wine Region
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Travel | Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way There was surf somewhere from County Kerry to County Donegal, if only they could find it. There are two surf breaks at the mouth of Ireland’s Easkey River which flows into the Atlantic next to a ruin called the Roslee Castle. Credit Credit Therese Aherne for The New York Times Supported by ByBiddle Duke Aug 12, 2019 In “Endless Summer”-style searching for perfect waves. When they arrived in Ireland, with its friendly locals and powerful, mostly empty waves, amid a landscape of stone walls and ruins, Mr. Naughton recalled, “there was a sense of disbelief,” an improbable feeling that perhaps of all places, on the often frigid island in the North Atlantic they had found what they were looking for. “I’ve had more great solo days in Ireland than anywhere … [Read more...] about Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
It’s February half-term and you don’t wish to join a puddle-jumping competition. Nor do I. But if you’ve been wallowing in self-pity over winter sun deprivation, you’re missing a trick: this is the time of year for the thinking person’s holiday. Real escapism - minus the jetlag and sunburn - is just a train ride away. Ask parents for the best city breaks for kids, and you may hear Paris; Amsterdam; Rome; perhaps Reykjavik or New York for older kids. But for a low-stress way to shake off the drudgery of the daily grind - even spontaneously in the middle of the coming week - nothing beats a UK city break. There’s a trend in modern parenting to make Being British more about Ella’s Kitchen puree pouches or wearing short trousers on the coldest of days than it is about the castles, gardens and tales - tall or true - that surround us. Last year, I set my family the task of getting to know our own country better, before we ventured on more exotic … [Read more...] about Which is Britain’s best city for families?
Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (February 25, 2019): Top 10 best wildlife holidays in the world. Not much comes close to that trilling feeling when you spot an animal in the wild, especially when you’re not expecting it. It can be an inspiring, breathtaking and potentially life-changing experience. Holidays focused on wildlife are becoming increasingly popular. Watching wildlife is a great way to get back to nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With so many wildlife holidays on offer in so many fabulous locations, it’s hard to decide where to go or what animals to see. So I’ve put together my own top 10 favorite wildlife experiences in various locations around the world, some in very remote wilderness areas, but with luxurious accommodations never too far away. There is more information below the slide show. Think I missed one? Share your favorite wildlife … [Read more...] about Top 10 most epic wildlife holidays in the world
By Norma Meyer | PUBLISHED: February 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm In icy, dicey bottom-of-the-world Antarctica, I melt when a fuzzy penguin chick hatches from a cracked egg underneath its feathered mother on a windswept pebbly beach. Over on another snowy isle, I listen to a smiling cat-faced Weddell seal magnificently sing, its melodic trills breaking the primal silence. And now, our suddenly-very-small-seeming 10-person raft is surrounded by eight diving, pirouetting, humongous humpbacks, including one that glides so head-on close our inflatable Zodiac quickly reverses out of the way. Eons-old majestic glaciers tower in the distance as barnacled flukes flap in the air, blowholes spout, and another mega-ton marine behemoth thrillingly surfaces with a rippling splash at our rear. After the electrifying show swims on, our Zodiac thumps, bumps and crunches over glistening sea ice, a nature-chiseled crystalline swan drifting alongside. Then, serenaded … [Read more...] about Travel: Antarctica will turn your perceptions of life upside down