After a whirlwind tour of London, we took off from Stansted to Spain, which is about 2 hours flight away. Barcelona is totally different from London. To be honest, after falling in love with traditional English culture in London, we found it hard to adjust to Spanish culture – especially the language.
The rain continued to pour and the temperature continued to drop. We plied along Milford Road carefully and given all the time we could afford, safety always comes first. It was a rather uneventful drive, as the fog enveloped and visibility continued to drop. But the drama slowly unfolded as temperature finally hit freezing point and the rain droplets started to turn to snow! As we inched towards The Divide, more snow piled up on both sides of the road and suddenly, it’s winter wonderland!
Tongariro Alpine Crossing is located in North Island and it is part of Tongariro National Park. It is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. Means this park has a deep Maori cultural references and stunning volcanic structures. This park also houses three active volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.
Day 2: Still waking up at ungodly hours but that’s not the showstopper. After taking a nice, satisfying traditional English breakfast, we took the bus to visit the iconic Big Ben. The bus dropped us at Lambeth, where we took a pleasant walk towards Westminster Bridge for a closer view of Big Ben.
London – Barcelona – Sevilla – Madrid – Toledo – Manchester 16 days, 2 countries and 6 cities. A life long dream realized in 2016. Day 0: A red-eye, uneventful flight brought us to Jordan, where we had to endure 7 hours transit before making it to our intended destination. We zonked out very earlyContinue reading
We didn’t have a good start in Sydney. After a stomach twisting domestic flight due to turbulence, we landed safely in Sydney. The weather didn’t help a bit – severe rain fall and cyclonic winds brought halt to our plans. We braved ourselves and walked under the rain to the nearest mall for dinner. NextContinue reading