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DAVID: Oslo, the Norwegian capital, is a spiritual
home of seafarers and the best sights are all
located on Bygdoy Peninsula, a short boat ride
across Oslo Harbour. At the Viking Ship Museum
two longboats (from the ninth century) are on
display, along with Viking jewellery and artefacts.
The Fram Museum houses the vessel Fridtjof
Nansen built to sail to the North Pole and that
Roald Amundsen used to reach the South
Pole – you can walk on board. Next door is the
Gjoa Museum which has the boat on which
Amundsen conquered the Northwest Passage.
The nearby Kon-Tiki Museum displays Thor
Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki balsa raft and Ra II.
Sorrento is the natural base for southern
Italy’s attractions. Vessels anchor off a small
port with the cosmopolitan town high above.
The prime attraction is Pompeii, preserved in
ash since August AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius
erupted. Or drive the Amalfi Coast to Salerno –
the narrow road dips and dives into beautiful
villages like Positano and Ravello before soaring
back up to viewpoints over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Isle of Capri lies 15 kilometres offshore:
waterfront Capri and hilltop Anacapri are
charming but don’t miss the Blue Grotto where
small boats take you into a cave bathed in an
ethereal blue glow.
LISA: Cruising the Baltic Sea is one of the best
ways to get a taste of Europe’s major cities
without having to go through any hassle – that’s
especially the case in St Petersburg. If you’re
not on a tour, you need to organise a visitor
visa; a long, lengthy and expensive process.
The Hermitage Museum is home to some of
St Petersburg’s most spectacular treasures.
Wandering through the Hermitage halls, you
pass giant shallow urns big enough to
swim in and walls hanging with Rembrandts.
A highlight is the Gold Room, an optional extra,
where there are Fabergé Eggs, medals, even
armour covered in diamonds.
On the very edge of the Iberian Peninsula,
Gibraltar is a bite-sized British Overseas Territory.
Hot and humid, it feels a world away from
England. On a tour of the Rock of Gibraltar, you
can get up close to the legendary apes (Barbary
macaques) that scamper around the roads and
rock outcrops, posing for photos and grabbing
food out of unsuspecting tourists’ hands. The
Rock looms over the small territory and a tour
through its rough-hewn tunnels reveals a
tumultuous past. Cannons peek out of holes in
the rock and look down on an airstrip famous
for having a main road running straight through
KRIS: One of my favourite excursions is to the
city of Mayapur, the home of the International
Centre of Krishna Consciousness, made famous
by the Beatles in the 1960s. This is the India
less travelled and a perfect way to escape the
crowds. See activetravel.com.au.
Standing where Sir Douglas Mawson once
stood inside the simple structure built to
withstand the onslaught of nature’s forces at
Commonwealth Bay brings a slice of history to
life. It’s a perfectly preserved time capsule that
looks as if its inhabitants left yesterday. A silent
memorial cross to explorers Belgrave Ninnis and
Xavier Mertz who died during the expedition is
haunting. See heritage-expeditions.com.
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