Tales, adventures and photography from around the world.
la rioja wineries

LA RIOJA | At The City Lane we’ve always been big fans of Spanish wines. In particular, we have long enjoyed wine from Spain’s largest demarcated wine region, La Rioja. We decided we had to go straight to the source to experience this impressive wine first hand. The origin of

taste of the tasman emirates

AUCKLAND | The City Lane was recently flown to Auckland by Emirates to participate in a very special lunch. The purpose of this lunch? To showcase the Australian and New Zealand wines that are available on Trans-Tasman Emirates First and Business Class cabins, as well as the First and Business

weekend rutherglen road trip

RUTHERGLEN | Being big fans of topaque, we’ve been planning a trip to Rutherglen for a while but had never got around to it until recently because, you know the way it goes, life gets in the way and other things pop up – the next thing you know it’s

historic segovia

SEGOVIA | Located just over an hour’s drive or two or train ride from Madrid is the small city of Segovia, a perfect spot for a day trip out of Madrid or on a road trip through Spain. If you drive to Segovia, make sure you make a stop at El Escorial Monastery

straight outta compton visiting the hood los angeles

LOS ANGELES | Visiting “The Hood”, and Compton and South Central (called South Los Angeles today) in particular, is one of the many reasons that Los Angeles was on my list of cities to travel to for a long time. I grew up listening to hip-hop, and coming of age in the

east london street art walk

LONDON | London has one of the largest collections of uncommissioned street art in the world, ranging pieces from well known artists like Banksy through to lesser known and new street artists. Street art can be found all over the capital, but East London is the place to visit for

vakil bazaar shiraz

SHIRAZ | Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz is the main section of the Shiraz Bazaar which was built in 11th Century by Karim Khan as part of a plan to make Shiraz into a prominent trading center. This architecturally beautiful building is a trade hub for merchants selling spices, rugs, handmade copper

enjoy long weekend north sicily cefalu

SICILY | Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea filled with a rich and varied landscape, stunning beaches, and culinary delights. It  boasts a rich history where people of diverse ethnicity have left their mark. From relaxing by the beach, indulging in fresh and flavoursome cuisine, exploring ancient towns or hiking on

top 5 things to do in puglia italy

PUGLIA | Puglia, Italy is a region located on the heel of the boot of Italy and a great place to visit for those who want to visit a part of the country that’s a bit off the beaten path. The easiest way to get there from the UK is

wine compass wine tours yarra valley

MELBOURNE | When you’re in your late teens/early 20s the focus of a wine tour tends to be how many places you can get to in a day, and how much free booze you can fit in during the day. It’s fun at the time, but after a few years