12
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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

13
Oct2013
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The next country on our European tour was Germany – the most important country too since that’s where James and Meike’s wedding was to take place! But before the wedding, we had some time to be tourists first. There are two big car companies in Stuttgart – Porsche and Mercedes Benz. It was a tough choice, but the Mercedes Benz Museum was meant to be amazing. And indeed, it was. The building is one huge spiral, where you get an […]

03
Oct2013
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So once again we were in Paris, but this time with my family. My parents, brother and his wife were over for my cousin’s wedding in Germany a week later. But before that, we decided to spend a week travelling around Europe. To start, we were only in Paris for one whole day so it was a whirlwind tour! In the morning, Liz and I dropped my parents off at the Louvre and since we had seen the Louvre last time, […]

12
Feb2013
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Berlin has 5 amazing museums all on one island – Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the 1 day allocated for museums, we weren’t going to visit all of them, so we picked the best two – Neues Museum and Pergamon Museum. The building to the left in the picture above, the Neues Museum, was severely damaged in a series of bombings by the Allies in WWII. In the 1990’s, a British architect David Chipperfield was commissioned to […]

04
Jul2012
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After a lovely few days in Venice, we got the train to Bologna for my cousin’s (Rob’s cousin) wedding. After arriving at our hotel, we noticed that we could understand everyone… a little to well. We were surrounded by Kiwis, and it seemed that most of us had the same problem – no iron in the room to iron our wedding clothes. We could get the hotel to iron our wedding clothes for us, but that would take a day. […]

25
Oct2011
2

The Vatican Museums are housed in the apartments and palaces of previous Pope’s, all now museums and galleries with hundreds of works that have been accumulated by the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries. Sounds like something to see, definitely! Bonus is, the museum is free on the last Sunday of the month. It did mean there was a mega queue (45 minutes at 9am) but at least we saved 15 euros each! The Vatican Museums are massive, you could spend […]

18
Oct2011
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We heard about the Palazzo Massimo from the Revealed Rome blog and it looked pretty stunning. And then we found out that a bunch of Roman museums are open and free on the last Tuesday of the month. It seemed like a great way to see an amazing museum for free. The museum is quite large, but the weird thing about going on a Tuesday night? We were sharing the museum with 6 other people, tops. How great is that! […]

06
Sep2011
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Our second day in Munich we decided to have a big sleep in (there may have been too many beers at the beer garden the night before) and go to the best museum in Munich – Deutsches Museum. From the train station, we got to walk past the beautiful Isar river on another stunning day. The Deutsches Museum is an enormous science and technology museum (think MOTAT but massive) which had a series of exhibits we wanted to see. The […]

07
Jul2011
2

On our last day in Paris, we finally went to the Lourve. The queue was too long on Friday afternoon and we had slept in on the Saturday morning, so Sunday morning was the day to go. There was still a massive queue outside, but the difference was, there weren’t thousands of people inside. It would be a relatively quiet visit. 🙂 The glass pyramid that holds the main entrance to the Lourve is a modern monstrosity compared to the palace buildings […]

05
Jul2011
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When I last went to Paris with my family, Musee de l’Orangerie was closed for renovations. We were pretty bummed at the time, but found other things to do. So this time, Rob and I thought we’d go and see it and the Monet Water Lilies inside. What I didn’t realise when I got there was that Monet ‘s works were presented in 2 rounded rooms. They were beautiful. In these 2 rounded rooms are four large paintings. These paintings – […]

11
Jun2011
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While Dad and Mum (aka Barry and Helen) were visiting Cambridge we went and saw the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. The place is a massive complex – it used to be an Air force base. The museum has planes, cars, artillery and guns from most of the wars Britain was involved with. There was also a whole building dedicated to The Blitz, which was very interesting. They had a large selection of planes including b-17, b-52, Concord, and even […]

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 […]

12
Aug2010
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On another of our weekends, we decided to check out one of the local museums. We decided to go to the general history one, the Fitzwilliam Museum (link). It’s FREE which is fantastic. They had a typical array of items for a standard english museum. There was armour and weapons. There were Roman and Greek statues and facades. Most of these were partial pieces or imperfect items which makes me think ‘B-grade’. But I suppose you can’t really compare a […]

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 […]

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 […]

09
Jul2010
1

That first week in London was wonderful! The week started with us training from Heathrow into Paddington Station. So we got to see Paddington Bear! The bear aside, we got to see a whole lot of things in London and a few people we wanted to catchup with too! First catchup was with the lovely Andrew, who we hadn’t seen in *years*. One of the last people we caught up with because they were away traveling was Caroline and Gareth. […]