Defying gravity

My first road trip in New Zealand. Just me and Big Red, a 1994 Toyota Carolla that takes a bit of love and luck to get up those steep mountain ranges.

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The Queenstown banking crisis

“You can’t get a bank account unless you have a job.” The woman behind the counter repeats. No empathy, no humanity. Just boredom. “But… to get a job here you need a bank account first.” I reply, frowning…

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Annecy: the Venice of France

Annecy is a town best explored on foot, with an insatiable appetite and a camera. Nestled in a mountainous valley by a lake, with its waterways and winding cobbled streets, this town rivals even the beauty and magic of Venice.

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Sniffer dogs and sandwiches

Stuff seems to happen to me when I’m traveling. I never quite seem to get the rules right, whether it’s mixing up destinations or getting the same seat on a plane as another passenger, someone up there has a right laugh as they watch me blunder my way into different worlds.

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A weekend in Cittadella

For me, its charm lies in the ice-cream coloured houses, from mango to raspberry ripple, I felt like digging out a cone and scooping up some gelato straight from the stones…

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The Colour Carnival

On top of Mont Chéry mountain, under a blazing blue sky, dancers stomped their splattered ski boots in the snow…

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