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 […]

23
Mar2014
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As some of you may remember, Rob and I are trying to visit every pub in Cambridge. There were 92 when we first moved over and we’ve visited a lot of them! However, we’ve only posted 34.  A shocking effort! So here is a catchup of pubs mostly from the past year, but some are from ages ago. Yes, there were some from the early days that we forgot to post. But never mind that, we’re posting them now! Quinns […]

19
Mar2014
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The apartment we were staying at in LA had cable, so we would watch some ice hockey or some news (a cougar was spotted in Griffith Park!). On our last day in LA, we turned on the news after going out for breakfast to find that there had been a terrible shooting at LAX and that the airport had been evacuated. Our flight wasn’t until 5pm but we assumed it would be delayed. However, the AirNZ website said our flight […]

08
Mar2014
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Rob writing here. The next stop on our trip was the La Brea Tar Pits. The last time I was visited the tar pits was around 15 years ago, and as I enjoyed them so much I thought that Liz might as well. The Tar Pits are a natural phenomenon, where asphalt rises up through the earth. They don’t look overly active or impressive, but gases do slowly bubble up through the tar in these open pits below. In prehistoric […]

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Feb2014
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Some of you may not know this, but I’m quite into my space stuff. And particularly Mars stuff. JPL, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is one of the most important parts of NASA these days. They’re the ones that design, build and monitor various satellites, probes and, most importantly, Mars robotic rovers. Exciting!!! There are free tours of the facility that you have to book months ahead for, so we made sure to get ourselves a spot for our LA stopover. The […]

11
Feb2014
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[Catching up on blog posts! Sorry these are quite late!!] After our great trip back to NZ in October, it was time to head back to the UK, but not before we stopped over in LA for a couple of days. Rob and I had both visited LA as kids, so we’d been to Disneyland and Universal Studios, visited the Hard Rock cafe and walked Hollywood Boulevard. This time, all grown up, we decided to try some of the local […]

07
Jan2014
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While we were back in NZ, it was also my grandmother’s 88th birthday. We went up to Snell’s beach to enjoy a bit of sunshine and celebrate with the family.     Happy Birthday Ten! It was great going back to NZ and seeing our family and friends. We had a wonderful time, but we had to get back to the UK. Before that, we’re stopping off in LA for a couple of days! Until next time…

05
Jan2014
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In October, we got to go back to NZ for a wonderful 2 weeks, namely for Dad’s 70th Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! We had 2 parties for Dad’s birthday. One with the family and one with Mum and Dad’s friends. The family one was on a sunny spring day at home with all the cousins and my Aunty and Uncle. Dad’s cousin in Spain delivered a gift over with Rob and I – a delicious looking bottle of Spanish cognac. […]

04
Jan2014
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Istanbul, we were fascinated to learn, is both part of European and Asian continents. The city spans across the Bosphorus strait which separates the 2 continents. How cool! During the time of the Ottoman Empire, dozens of palaces were built by Sultans and other richy poos all along the waterway banks. Our friends recommended we go on a cruise to see them and since the weather was so nice, we did. Looking back on the city, I loved all the […]

02
Jan2014
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Topkapi Palace was the home of the Ottoman Sultans between 1465 and 1830 – just under 400 years. The Ottoman Empire was a powerful one – at its peak  it spanned from Hungary in the north to Somalia in the south, and from Algeria in the west to Iran in the east. The palace at its largest was home to as many as 4,000 people and contained mosques, a hospital, bakeries, and a mint. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. […]