Some cool experiences to add to your bucket list. There are quite a few on here that I still need to tick off :) How many have you done?
Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon in Bath, UK. Such a nice city.
This was the piazza in my local neighbourhood in #Venice. A good spot for aperitivo 😊
This shot is from a wander around Dorsoduro, a quieter part of #Venice
Burano is so colourful #Venice
Started the day with a visit to Murano, known for its exquisite glass blowing work shops. It is, obviously, also the best place to buy Murano Glass. Apart from that it is a nice island just to wander around. #Venice #Italy
Looking across to San Marco from Dorsoduro #Venice
Checking out Ca' Rezzonico in Venice, a beautifully preserved Venetian Palace with amazing antiques and artwork. The best part is that there are so few people visiting, making it a much more enjoyable experience away from the crowds.
Palazzo Ducale, #Venice
Around every corner in Venice you come across a new, intriguing scene. In this snapshot, the marble wall of Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli slips into a quiet canal.
Just arrived in Venezia and took a wander down to Ponte Rialto, which I departed quickly in search of quieter alleys and tranquil canals. Still, I do like the Grand Canal with its consistent stream of boats heading up and down, and the old palaces and mansions that line its entire length. The gondolas aren't too bad to look at either. #Venice #Italy
Just one of the amazing views I had today in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany. This is from the village of Pienza.
Exploring San Gimignano today, a beautifully preserved medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, known for its many medieval towers.
It's well worth the climb to the top of the Panorama del Facciatone for the amazing views of Siena and the countryside beyond #Tuscany
Radda in Chianti, #Tuscany
The tiny village of Lecchi in Chianti will be home for the next week here in Tuscany. It is a typical little Tuscan village with a cluster of stone buildings lining a narrow street, surrounded by picturesque green rolling hills covered in olive groves, vineyards and forest. I took a wander through the village to the tiny grocery shop to pick up a few things, and was warmly greeted by everyone along the way. Locals were sitting at the village cafe chatting happily over beers, while kids were free to play on the street and the little village park. The bells ring from the church every hour, but otherwise all I can hear from my balcony is the sound of the birds in the olive trees below. Basically, I want to move here immediately.
I'm back in the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy.
Visited the Galleria Borghese this morning in #Rome. An absolute must if you love art. What's great is that visits are timed, limited to a reasonable number of people booked in 2 hour timeslots. This avoids the crowding that you experience at other popular sites such as the Vatican Museums. It meant that I could really appreciate the art a lot more here. I will visit again. #art
The more I travel, the less I care about the big tourist sites. Instead, I find myself more interested in the smaller things, such as wandering down an unknown street in a new city, or just sitting at a cafe and watching people go about their daily lives. In this instance, I am intrigued by the Romans' ability to park their cars in the smallest of spaces. They will literally park in any available space possible, as long as it fits the exact dimensions of their vehicle. I watched a guy do this with the precision of a surgeon.
I'm finally back in Rome after nearly 8 years. I can think of few better places to just wander around aimlessly along the cobblestone streets.
On my most recent trek in Nepal it started snowing, and it hardly stopped for days, creating a new challenge to independent trekking.
A little first hand look at climate change in New Zealand. I have visited Franz Joseph Glacier twice now - first in 2005 and then over 11 years later in 2016. The ice has now receded way back up the valley, in just a short period of time.
Climate change skeptics: compare the photos and explain this one to me. I'm not saying that you're wrong, but it's hard to ignore evidence like this, especially when experienced first hand. I can tell you that there is no guy standing underneath it with a flame thrower, so what else is melting the ice?
An orchid in Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur
Mount Maroon is a fun, challenging and rewarding hike with amazing views in Southeast Queensland. Read about my climb in today's new post :)
Sunset in Hokitika, New Zealand -> http://www.theroadtoanywhere.com/sunset-in-hokitika-new-zealand/
The Makarora River, New Zealand.
I took this photo while driving the Haast Pass. More here: http://www.theroadtoanywhere.com/haast-pass-wanaka-west-coast-new-zealand/
The Haast Pass is one of the most spectacular drives in New Zealand.
Trying out the historic Grand View Hotel today in Cleveland - the oldest licensed pub in #Brisbane, est. 1851.