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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 […]

10
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 […]

17
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 […]

29
Aug2012
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An adventurous part of our trip to Scotland was seeing some Harry Potter movie locations. Yep, there are a few, but we only went to two. Firstly, we went to Loch Etive – a picturesque lake at the end of a long valley. The lake edge was used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as one of the beautiful camping spots. This scene was where Ron has an argument with the others and leaves the group.   […]

27
Aug2012
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My grandmother on my Dad’s side was called Williamina Moore Lynch Harte and she was born on the 7th December 1917 in a town called Port Glasgow. She’s since passed away, but Rob and I decided to visit the town My great grandparents had two daughters, Isabella and Williamina. They thought my grandmother was going to be a boy and picked the name William. When she was born a girl, they stuck with the name anyway. Most people called her Mina. In […]

24
Aug2012
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On our Scottish adventure we decided to see a bit of Davidson family history. So we headed north er, just past Inverness, to a town called Dingwall. Here, situated at the top of the hill, is Tulloch Castle, the ancestral home of the Davidson clan. Tulloch Castle was bought by Henery Davidson in 1762 and stayed in the family until the 20th century. The castle is decorated inside and out with Davidson crests, tartan, and memorabilia. They even have Davidson tartan […]

23
Aug2012
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Recently, Rob and I took a week long roadtrip up to the Scottish Highlands and back again. I wanted to get out the city for a bit and get some space. There was plenty of that. I loved the mountains! The Highlands are amazing. A different kind of beauty to the mountains and lakes in NZ, but beautiful all the same. Below are 2 of the Three Sisters of Glen Coe. The main road runs past them and they seem […]

09
Jan2011
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For New Year’s Eve, we had heard rumours of Hogmanay in Edinburgh – a street party and concerts for 1000’s of people. We’d also heard how Edinburgh is freezing that time of year and every other year Hogmanay gets cancelled. Despite these negative points, with a bunch of friends going up to brave it as well, we booked our flights and shared acommodation. The apartment was pretty sweet. We stayed with Mel, her friend Paul and Eugene. Was great to […]

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 […]

01
Aug2010

So, as we’ve travelling around, I’ve been trying *trying* to see as many Harry Potter film locations as I could. So, below is a Harry Potter wishlist with screenshots from the movies of what they looked like there. Not all the scenes in the movies are of real places unfortunately, but below are a bunch which are. I do not own any of these images, Warner Brothers does! 1. Reptile House, London Zoo – When Harry and the Dursleys go […]

23
Jul2010
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Our second and third days in Glasgow were great days of wanderings. We started by heading over to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Walking there from town took us through a wonderulf green park with fountains, statues and daycare kids being walked around. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was pretty neat. We ignored the museum part, which was mostly for kids, but the Art Gallery was really interesting. They had a few Monets, Picassos etc. What was great […]

20
Jul2010
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Firstly, on the job front. My role is going really well at ARM and I’m learning lots and have even been given some tasks to contribute toward the team. Yay! Rob has also gotten a job offer from Bosch. Double yay! He’s not accepting it just yet, as he is going to a 2nd round interview on Friday for a Cmabridge company. Bosch is a 45min-1hr commute away, so checking out a more convenient company is a plus. We’ll let […]

18
Jul2010
2

Hope you’ve enjoyed having a wee nosy through all the previous posts that have been added to the site yesterday. There are quite a few photos in amongst those posts. I’ll try to make them more accessible in the future. We also have a new Photo Gallery page on the website for the flickr photos so far. But back to Europe. Our second day in Edinburgh was as stunning as the first. In the morning we just wandered around Old […]

16
Jul2010
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So, after too short a time in York, we were on another train to Edinburgh! Our train trip from York to Edinburgh was stunning. The trainline followed up the east coast, sometime running along and coast line so we could see the cliffs, beaches and ocean. We *loved* Edinburgh. What an amazing city! That castle was spectacular. Like the skytower of the city, you could see it from almost anywhere. So awesome. We were reading the tour book, which was […]