Monthly Archives: February 2015

Talk the Walk

February 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

“Over the next few days, we’ll all get to know each other really well, eh?”  Our guide, Stu, says in his thick New Zealand accent at our pre-walk briefing in Queenstown. I look around the room with disinterest.  I’m not here to meet new people.  I’m here for a girls’ week away, a catch up […]

A Venice Romance

February 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

Lingering on the iconic Rialto Bridge at dusk, we gaze out over the Grand Canal as the sky turns rose-pink.  Lights from the opulent Renaissance palaces dance on the water and a gondolier, silhouetted against the rising full moon, silently passes below us.  Oblivious to the throngs of passing tour groups and jostling photographers, we […]

Coming Down with Montague Islanditus

February 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

“So, how long have you kids been doing this type of volunteer work?” asks Boyd Hastings, a National Parks Field Officer and our guide for the morning, as he hands out gardening gloves, safety vests and digging tools. Our kids respond with a blank look. I realise it is time to come clean, both to […]