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Oct2015
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We’ve been back in New Zealand almost a year now. In a few days, it will have been a whole year since we left Cambridge. Time has just *flown* by, but I’ll admit I’ve been avoiding this post, talking about Cambridge and leaving it behind. Cambridge was a beautiful city with beautiful sights to see, whether summer or winter. So maybe I won’t tell about what we will miss, but just show you instead. We enjoyed our lifestyle in Cambridge. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Aug2012
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As most people know, there’s a big sporting competition going on – the London 2012 Olympics. One of the pre-Olympic activities that we’d been seeing on the news for weeks was the Olympic Torch. We figured we should see it when it came to Cambridge. Particularly since it was planned to go past our street. So we wandered the 100m down the road, met some of our friends, and watched the parade. The streets were packed with locals, but unfortunately […]

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Jun2012
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As many of you know, I’m a Harry Potter fan (Liz, not Rob). I’ve read the books, I’ve seen the films, I even have a few collectables. So when I heard about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, there was no question about it. We were going to see it. And Elly too. The rumour was that Warner Bros. Studios had kept every prop, set and costume so they could be put on display. Normally, a film studio will sell everything […]

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Jul2011
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Over the past year since we moved to Britain, we’ve been visiting various film locations where different Harry Potter films were shot. I updated the list with new sights from the more recent films, however there’s still plenty of older ones we haven’t seen yet. I’ve been holding onto a couple of these, but now it’s time to post them. The first one here is from HP3 – HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Harry rides the Knight bus, […]

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Jul2011
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Recently, there was big thing on in London. You know? They booked the whole of Trafalgar Square and people slept on the streets to get a place in there. Yea, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere. So, we didn’t sleep on the streets. But we did go down and check out the madness. It was Harry Potter crazy down there! There were so so many fans there, some dressed up, some parked in their positions that […]

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Apr2011
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Mel made the move over to the UK just before Christmas. Now she has a job, and has an apartment and is officially living in London. Considering all these factors, it was time to crash on her couch. And we celebrated with cocktails. Our first day out and about, we went to have breakfast at Providores and Tapa Room . It had delicious delicious coffee and yummy yummy breakfast. (Photos below are Mel’s – thanks hun!) The other activity of […]

09
Feb2011
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Mel just posted an awesome post about the London Underground – with pictures too! I never pulled out the camera while we were down in the stations or on the trains. But she did, and they are wonderful images. So here, courtesy of Mel, is the London Underground. “When Tonks and Mad-Eye turned up to escort them across London, they greeted them gleefully, laughing at the bowler hat Mad-Eye was wearing at an angle to conceal his magical eye and […]

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Jan2011
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While we were in London over the Christmas break, we knew it was important to catchup with people and go to a bunch of social engagements, so of course we did. But we also wanted to do a proper touristy thing while we were there. So, we went out to Hampton Court Palace – the home of Henry VIII. The palace was originally built by Cardinal Wolsey with all the money he skimmed as the King’s chief advisor before he […]

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Dec2010
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Because we actually know people in London (and not too many in Cambridge), it seemed like the better idea to head down to London for the Christmas holidays. And we had a *wonderful* time. Tripping Around During the week, we did touristy things and caught up with a bunch of people, namely Graham G. and Andrew M., Wendy and Abbey and finally Jess C at a Japanese noodle place I’d been dying to try. We tripped around London a bit […]

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Dec2010
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Rob and I really really enjoyed the All Black tour to Europe. While we didn’t go to see any of the games, we watched every single one on TV. It was great to be able to watch the games at night over a beer instead of watching the trinations at breakfast over a juice. Our favourite game was the All Blacks vs England coz we went down to London and caught up with a bunch of mates to watch it. […]

02
Aug2010
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So, the last blog post was an overview of all the Harry Potter sightings we want to do. So far, we have done 4 of them. 10 more to go! So, we went to London Zoo as previously posted and saw 1. Reptile House, London Zoo On one afternoon wandering around London, we also went to try and find 4. Gringott’s Bank, London. My instructions had been to go to Australia House, the Australian embassy in London. Well, we got […]

30
Jul2010
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On our last night in London before we went to Cambridge, we caught up with Andrew and one of his mates for some drinks about town. Was great to see Andrew! First up was the The Soho Arts Theatre Club where they served cocktails in teapots! Great fun! Next, we tubed up to Bar Kick in Shoreditch. First up was shots, but then we played foosball with drinks in hand. Brilliant! Lastly, we wandered over to Brick Lane to check out […]

30
Jul2010
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So, I wanted to see inside a palace. Any palace would do. But once I found out how far Hampton Court palace and Windsor Palace were, we decided one in the city would be better. So Kensington Palace was it. The outside is the main attraction of the palace. It was wonderful ornamental gates and beautfuil gardens. They must have a full time gardening team to maintain all the hedges, flower beds and trimmed lawns. Was quite a sight to […]

30
Jul2010
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So, after a wonderful week out at Wendy’s and Abbey’s place, we went to crash at Caroline’s for a few nights. She had a beautiful whare with Gareth a couple of other kiwis out in Chiswick. They lived in a 3 bedroom place with separate bathroom, separate luandry and a good sized living room. We also love the size of the garden! Of course, it was great to see Caroline and Gareth. They cooked us NZ roast lamb that first […]

25
Jul2010
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So, we have NEWS! Firstly, Rob has accepted the job offer from Bosch and starts work on the 9th August. YAY! He’ll be working in Bosch Gardening in a town called Stowmarket an hour from Cambridge. Considering Dyson was 3 hours away, Bosch is a much more manageable commute. Our second bit of news is that we have found a rental property and move in on the 7th or 8th of August. YAY! It’s a little 2 storey Victorian terraced […]

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Jul2010
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So, we were back in London for a week and a half. A lovely, relaxing, week and a half. We spent most of that first week at Wendy and Abbey’s beautiful whare in Clapham North. One sunny afternoon, we decided to venture out to the garden and saw a squirrel eating a cherry out of the tree. What a good idea! So we decided to fetch our own cherries. Rob was up in the tree. And Wendy and Abbey were […]