Our next island was Naxos. Here the weather was starting to get hotter, around 32C degrees, phew!
Famous around the globe for its cosmopolitan character and its frantic nightlife. The island is composed primarily of granite and has many picturesque blue domed churches.
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Beautiful shades of ocean blues, aqua and white sand, make this an enticing island to visit on a day trip or to stay awhile.
The weather can be very fickle in the South Island in early spring. But even on rainy days or when a cold wind is blowing, there is a lot to enjoy.
When an irresistible air fare came up on Grabaseat for $39 each way from Auckland to Christchurch plus $10.00 per bag we booked on the spur of the moment. We'd be able to catch the first weeks of spring in the South!
Cycling at 10km per hour is a realistic goal on the flat, gravel surface. There are many cattle stops to cycle over and some 20 dismounts required to negotiate your way through narrow styles on some parts of the Trail.
I flew to Brisbane Saturday morning and embarked on Pacific Dawn in the afternoon. I was lucky, by 4pm, there was no queue. Also lucky, because P & O Cruises gave me an upgrade from an inside cabin to an outside one.
The Great Wall of China was not named lightly. I had heard about it, read about it, been told that I could spot it from the moon (if ever I went there) and was still astounded when I actually saw it - well part of it - a very small part.
In any map of northern Wales, a pinpoint between the slate-mining centre of Ffestinoig and the seaside town of Porthmadog marks the position of a village, which despite its location, is decidedly out of place.