The high country lakes in the Mackenzie Country are beautiful. I visited Lake Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo on my travels this winter. Lake Ohau is a glacial lake and is fed by the Hopkins and Dobson rivers. It is the smallest of three lakes that all run roughly parallel along the northern edge of […]Read more "Lake Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo"
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is truly one of my favourite places in New Zealand. Home to numerous intensely beautiful vistas, it is a rugged and harsh landscape. It has 19 peaks over 3,000 metres -including New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook. Recently I went for a photography road trip/weekend away and stayed in Twizel, […]Read more "Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park"
We stayed in Cochem during our time in Germany, so in order to see Burg Eltz we had to take a train to to Moselkern. Moselkern is lovely – it’s a very quiet town with beautiful old houses. It took about 20 minutes to reach the start of the walking track to Burg Eltz from […]Read more "Burg Eltz"
Haarlem is a lovely historical city, located on the river Spaarne, less than 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. It features a magnificent old centre with plenty of monumental buildings. The city was once home to several famous Dutch painters, including Frans Hals, so there is a large art focus. Haarlem is where my grandmother is from […]Read more "Haarlem"
Amersfoort is a city and municipality in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Amersfoort is a very historic and attractive city. It has many fine medieval buildings that are well maintained. It is a busy place with a population of just under 150,000 people, but the town centre is easily explored on foot, with most […]Read more "Amersfoort"
The boat journey from Cochem to Beilstein along the Moselle was beautiful. The small village of Beilstein is one of the best preserved historical places on the Moselle and is also sometimes known as a miniature Dornröschen der Mosel (“Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”). The ruins of Castle Metternich tower above the village, […]Read more "Beilstein"
Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in the Dutch town of Zaandam near to Amsterdam. It is famous for its large collection of historic windmills – many of which are not just heritage buildings but still fully-operational. Tours allow visitors to see for themselves how the windmills are used for sawing wood, grinding oil and much […]Read more "Zaanse Schans"
De Haar Castle or Kasteel de Haar is located near Utrecht in The Netherlands. The medieval House De Haar dates from the 13th century. It fell into disrepair in the 18th and 19th centuries. Architect Pierre Cuypers (famous for his designs of the Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam) restored and rebuilt De Haar […]Read more "Kasteel de Haar"
Brederode Castle, also called the Ruins of Brederode, is located near Santpoort-Zuid in the Netherlands. The castle was founded in the second half of the 13th century by William I van Brederode (1215–1285). The name Brederode is a reference to a wooded area called Brede Roede (literally: broad wood), that was cleared and […]Read more "Ruins of Brederode"
Het Loo Palace or Paleis Het Loo (meaning “The Woods Palace”) is a palace in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands and was built by the House of Orange-Nassau. The symmetrical Dutch Baroque building was designed by Jacob Roman and Johan van Swieten and was built between 1684 and 1686 for stadtholder-king William III and Mary […]Read more "Paleis Het Loo"