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May2015
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During our 4 years in the UK, we visited 27 different Harry Potter film locations. Some of these sights were ‘because we could’ ones, like going to Lambeth Bridge because the Knight bus drove over it, or visiting the touristy Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station. But the directors of the films also picked some amazing and iconic locations, some of which I would never have visited because of a tour guide, but ended up being some of the most […]

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May2015
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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that Rob is amazing. The reason he’s amazing? Because for the last 4 years, he let me drag him all over the UK to visit Harry Potter film locations. Yes, I am a fan of the films, but I’m also a fan of all the amazing locations that the various Harry Potter directors used in these films. And I had one more to see last year – Harrow School’s […]

13
May2015
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You can fly between the Greek Islands, but for some distances, it’s just as easy to ferry. And these are huge ferries that carry 100′s of people. So a 2hr ferry and a 1hr bus trip later, we arrived at the quiet and quaint Elia Beach on Mykonos. Awesomely, our 2 bedroom unit was on the beach – so cool! Elia Beach is definitely one of the quieter beaches – no clubs and only 1 bar and restaurant. So we had […]

12
May2015
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Last August/September, our good mate Darren was visiting Europe and he and Ali asked if we wanted to join them for a trip to the Greek Islands. The answer was hell yes. A 1hr train, 4hr flight and 1hr bus trip later and we were at our hotel in Oia on the far side of Santorini. And this was our view… Unbelievably remarkably stunning. We were one of the many many places built into the cliff and painted white. We were […]

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May2015
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The Shetland Islands are famous for their natural beauty, like its birds, but it also is a lovely seaside town and has some amazing prehistoric archaeological sites. The main town of Shetland is the quaint Lerwick – a beautiful stonebuilt seaside town with a great selection of pubs and restaurants and a super cute stretch of independent shops (Like the delightful Ninian http://www.ninianshetland.co.uk/index.php ). Shetland is proud of their Viking history and are a strong fishing culture. One cute architectural feature […]

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Mar2015
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In the last 4 years, we’ve visited so many sites in Europe. Many of these were top touristy cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona. But this time, we went somewhere a little unusual – the northern-most part of the United Kingdom. We visited the beautiful Shetland Islands. And the key reason? Puffins. Google told me that the Shetland Islands was one of the few places in the UK you could see Puffins without getting on an hour long boat trip. Indeed, for our first […]

08
Feb2015
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Vienna is a beautiful beautiful city. Despite the rain on our first day, we had another day or so of wandering around the grand buildings, wide clean streets and monuments galore. Really, it looks like what we thought Paris would look like before we went there! The Hofburg winter palace was one of the highlights of the trip though. I’d kind of forgotten that Vienna was one of the capitals of the  Austro Hungarian Empire ,which existed from 1867 to 1918 […]

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Feb2015
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As we steadily catch-up on our blog posts from last year, we now move onto Vienna. We loved this city. It had all the grandeur and and beauty of Paris without the hordes of tourists or dirty streets. Vienna is a city of museums too – they have dozens. We only went to 2 but we could’ve spent a whole week in them. But the main reason we wanted to visit Vienna? The Hundertwasser Gallery and his other architectural designs in Vienna. He […]

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Jan2015
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We were only in Prague for 2 nights – just the weekend – so there was only so much we could find time to see. But one thing we definitely made time for was the Old Jewish Cemetery. Used from the early 14th century until the mid 18th century, this is what 12,000 tombstones with over 100,000 layered burials looks like. The reason all the tombstones were crammed in like this? Prague would only allow burials within a designated cemetery for different denominations […]

14
Dec2014
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When Rob’s brother and his wife travelled around Europe a few years ago, they said their favourite city was Prague. So when our friend Ali invited us to a weekend in Prague. we said yes straight away! Capital of the Czech Republic, Prague was founded back in 1306BC, though it was called Bohemia then. It flourished during the 14th century and much of the gothic city was built then. And a beautiful city it is. The big sight to see in Prague […]

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Dec2014
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It’s been a busy few months and I’m very very behind on this blog. We’re back in NZ now – arrived at the end of October. It’s been 8 years since we’ve lived here and quite a lot has changed. But some things haven’t – coffee is delicious just about everywhere and the seafood is always fresh. NOM! For those who are curious, we have jobs – Success! Rob’s working at Compac Sorting (http://www.compactsort.com) who do automated fruit sorting, and […]

01
Oct2014
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So for those of you that didn’t know, back in July le Tour de France had three stages in the UK before heading to France. The Tour started in York and ended in London. We were lucky that one of the stages started in Cambridge, so we made sure were there to wave some flags about. It was lovely to see everyone getting into the spirit, but it did make the roads packed! First all the cyclists took off, followed […]

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Aug2014
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For a lovely long weekend, we decided to finally visit the south of France. We’d heard so many positive reviews, so we booked a hotel in Nice for some sun, sand and French cuisine. The sun shone and the beaches were, well, rocky. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves. For once we hadn’t pre-organised a bunch of things to look at, so we wandered around enjoying the architecture and the food. We booked ourselves into the lovely little […]

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Aug2014
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This year, I (Rob) turned 30 and I was lucky enough to receive some lovely presents. One of them was a hot air balloon ride over Cambridgeshire. First thing’s first – we helped setup the balloon. It was an nice calm afternoon, perfect for some lazy lofting about in the sky. The prevailing wind would normally drift the balloon toward Cambridge itself to see the colleges, but there was very little breeze at all. It was still very relaxing. The […]

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Aug2014
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One more train trip and we were in the busy bustling city of Amsterdam. When I say busy, I mean busy with lots of bicycles! The centre city is built on a series of waterways criss-crossed by one way roads and pedestrian ways but are all cycling friendly. It was impossible to take a photo without a bicycle in it. I also loved how some of the terraced houses were crooked and leaning on each other! Amsterdam is great city […]

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Jul2014
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We initially decided to stop off at Maastricht because it was on the train-line from Luxembourg to Amsterdam, but we weren’t sure what to see there. Despite that, we had a wonderful couple of days full of surprises. We started the day with a nice cup of coffee in an old church. The surroundings were lofty and striking and the coffee was great. From there we walked to the central square, with its impressive red bell tower of the Church […]

22
Jul2014
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Earlier this year, we went for a week long trip from Luxembourg up to Amsterdam by train. Luxembourg is Europe’s third smallest country with a total population of 550,000. So its not like the Vatican, which is the smallest prinicpality in the world with a population of 839, but is bordered by Germany, France and Belgium but somehow maintained its independence. We visited its capital city - ‘Europe’s most dramatically picturesque’ - to see its ‘spectacular vistas’ according to Lonely Planet. And […]

16
Jul2014
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Back in March, I went to Texas for a week for a work trip to visit colleagues in Plano, just north of Dallas. I was quite excited about my first US trip that wasn’t California, not least of all because it’s TEXAS. BBQ ribs, Chuck Norris, Tex Mex, Guns, Dallas Cowboys, JFK assassination – there’s a lot that Texas is known for. Considering my workmate and I only had 1 weekend to be tourists, we weren’t going to see everything. […]

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Apr2014
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While we wander around the various cities of Europe, we’ve been looking for street art. More specifically, tiled Space Invaders. We’ve found these colourful and iconic pieces in London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona previously. Well, we’ve found more in London, and even more in Paris, and even one in Brussels since then. So here’s an array of pieces for you to enjoy. Until next time, enjoy the show. London Paris     Brussels

09
Apr2014
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Over the last year or 2, I’ve been continuing to visit various Harry Potter film sights around the country (dragging Rob along with me). This post almost finishes the whole list of Harry Potter sights I aimed to see! Let’s start at the beginning. One of the more iconic sights from the first few films is Platform 9 3/4 – a brick wall between train platforms. However, for the first couple of years I was in Cambridge, Platform 9 3/4 […]