Monday, January 26, 2015

Travel Lines: Sydney for kids, Enchanting Athens, Cape Town wine, the Pristine Pacific, Falcons in NZ

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Madame Tussauds Museum Sydney
Sydney: Family fun in Sydney

From its stunning coastlines to its grey-green bush, world-class museums, top surf beaches, fabulous festivals and rich indigenous history, Sydney is a prime place to have a stay-cation with the family. Mother and journalist, Carla Grossetti, explores and uncovers hidden coves, cooling waterholes, quirky art galleries, secret water slides and secluded walking tracks.  Whether you are a visitor or local, get out and about with the kids in one of the world's great tourist cities. [ Tell me more ]

South Africa: Cape of Great Grape

The stunning vineyards of the Western Cape, which encircle Cape Town like a boxing glove, are among the hottest gourmet destinations of 2015. International wine writer, Winsor Dobbin heads to Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, notable not only for their dramatically-sited wine estates – many of them dotted with traditional Cape Dutch buildings – but also for the many luxury lodges, restaurants and resorts found in and around the vines. [ Tell me more ]

Black Tip Reef Sharks in the Lagoon at Millennium Atoll (Enric Sala)

Pacific Ocean: In search of the last pristine seas

Guided by National Geographic explorers and expeditioners, adventure prone Roderick Eime visits some of the last unspoiled ocean still left on our ravaged planet. Above and beneath the waters of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, he sails aboard the plush National Geographic Orion, stopping to scuba dive in waters teeming with sharks and other top level predators. This is now nature intended our tropical reefs. [ Tell me more ]

Greece: Enchanting Athens

Athens has taken an economic hit in recent years but is still high on any must-see list. Athens in summer has always been chaotic and crowded but it's also cultured. If you want order and efficiency, try Berlin or Brussels. Athens is 'grungier' but you won't find a more stimulating blend of ancient and avant-garde. Globetrotting scholar, Dr John Maddocks, wanders around the birthplace of western civilisation by day and dines at a rooftop restaurant in full view of the illuminated Parthenon in the evening. He visits museums, such as the stunning Acropolis and world class National Archaeological Museum and much more.  [ Tell me more ]

New Zealand: 'Hoodwinked' - the art of falconry

Wingspan, New Zealand’s National Bird of Prey Centre at Rotorua, is a place where people can visit and see birds of prey up close, guided by the country’s leading experts. Wingspan’s core is a commitment to the conservation of the threatened ‘Karearea’ New Zealand falcon. Being part of New Zealand’s unique natural heritage, falcons are a taonga (treasured) species to New Zealand’s Māori people. Our animal and eco-specialist, Kris Madden, interviews founder Debbie Stewart about her dedication to the conservation of New Zealand’s birds of prey, and the bird-characters you can meet including ‘Millie the Millennium Falcon’; and Ozzie, a NZ Falcon named after Ozzy Osbourne, as well as some interesting facts about the art of falconry and these amazing birds. [ Tell me more ]

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