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On the Pony Express route to Genoa, Nevada

This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge

Nevada, I found, is one of the states that would be perfect for me! I love hot and dry summers and desert landscapes, but then you also have Lake Tahoe, loads of hiking opportunities and a history full of native Americans and aliens (in every sense of the word), gold rush and ghost towns.

The settlement of Genoa, just east of Lake Tahoe, claims to be Nevada’s oldest permanent settlement. Founded in 1851, by Mormon pioneers, it came to be known as Mormon Station, a popular and vital trading post and rest stop on the California Trail.

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The Eternal Ice of Fox Glacier

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Did you know that one of the world’s most accessible glaciers can be found in New Zealand?

Fox Glacier, or Te Moeka o Tuawe as it is called in Maori, lies on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

It’s not only accessible, but it is also one of only a handful of glaciers worldwide that reach all the way into a lush, temperate rainforest!

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Whisky tasting in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is more than a castle and the Royal Military Tattoo. It’s a city full of history, where monarchy and democracy exist side by side.

Probably the most famous street in all of Edinburgh is the Royal Mile. You’ll recognise it immediately, it’s the main street running up that imposing hill. Actually, it’s not just one street, but rather Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand combined.  At the top end is Edinburgh Castle, and at the bottom is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh.

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Leprechauns in Dublin

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Here’s a little word association game. What do the following have in common? Guinness, James Joyce, U2. That’s right. Dublin!

Dublin is a vibrant and musical city. There are buskers everywhere ranging from fiddlers to harp players, especially along Grafton Street, the main shopping street.

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History lessons in Cape Coast

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Today, Cape Coast is the capital of Ghana’s Central Region, located on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. It is a well-known fishing port and the city is home to some of Ghana’s best schools as well as the University of Cape Coast. The heritage of the various colonising powers, which laid claim to the town for centuries, can be seen everywhere.

Cape Coast Castle is one of the city’s main attractions and looking at the white-washed building, you’d never guess what a tragic role it played in the lives of thousands – if not millions – of people.

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Swimming in Budapest

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Hungary’s capital Budapest is one of those grand old cities oozing with bygone opulence and vibrating with life.

There’s the Váci Utca, possibly Budapest’s most famous pedestrian street, with its fancy shops and restaurants right next to old-fashioned market halls and street vendors. The covered markets offer everything you could possibly need and they’re a great source for authentic Hungarian food – I just hope you like paprika, because you can buy it in any conceivable form.

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Auckland – The City of Sails

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Auckland is an awesome place! And I am not just saying that because New Zealand’s biggest city used to be my home when I was 16.

The city-wide joke is that Auckland has “four seasons in a day.” And that is often true. So it’s good news that there is something to do for every weather.

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