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Vinicunca, the 7-coloured mountain (Rainbow Mountain) in Peru

7 fabulous destinations featuring…..the number 7!

It’s in our nature to seek out patterns, to find symmetry and to group things in meaningful clusters. Cultures through the ages have found significance in doing so, with fables and rituals often the result. Even if we don’t consider ourselves to be superstitious, some of us will still, for example, have a ‘lucky’ number. Ask anybody what that number is and there’s a good chance they’ll answer ‘7’. Think about it. We often group...

7 unusual holiday ideas – how to add stargazing to your travel plans

The worst thing about going on holiday is that all too soon it will be over and you’ll be wearing those post-holiday blues like an invisible blanket of gloom. Our leisure time is limited so it’s tempting to stick to a tried-and-tested formula that you know works best. But what if your needs have changed or you want to try something a little different, yet sustainable? There are many new trends in tourism to tempt...

Edvard Grieg’s Troldhaugen – in the home of Norway’s musical king

Click on this link, close your eyes and listen for a couple of minutes. What does the music make you think of? Even if you already recognise composer Edvard Grieg’s classic ‘Morning Mood’ masterpiece, there is no doubt this is one of those musical works of genius which conveys exactly what it is supposed to. There is something about the composition that evokes an image of our noble sun rising at dawn, in a pastoral scene...

Top 10 reasons to take a stargazing holiday

Imagine yourself on a clear night, away from the city centre, gazing up at a velvety canopy studded with millions of sparkling far-off suns. Well, imagining that scene is often the closest we get to seeing those worlds beyond our own, thanks to an increasingly urban population and hectic lifestyle. Whether it’s lack of time, cloudy skies or an excess of artificial light, our chances of seeing more than a handful of the brightest stars...

View from the Shinglemill Restaurant, Powell River

5 Things I Discovered About the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

That’s right, the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. In Canada, not Australia. If you thought this westernmost of Canadian provinces was all about the Rockies, the gateway city of Vancouver and great swathes of temperate rainforest brimming with bears, you’d be overlooking a fascinating little series of coastal communities that deserve to be equally celebrated. It was on a changeable June morning that I found myself driving an RV for the first time and sitting patiently...