12
Oct2015
1

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. […]

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. […]

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, […]

07
Feb2013
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The East Site Gallery is an open air, modern art gallery, painted on some of the remaining sections of the Berlin wall. When the wall was enforced by East Germany, West Berliner’s would graffiti their side of the wall with slogans and images. The east side of the wall had a guarded ‘death strip’  to prevent East Berliners crossing, so their side of the wall was plain. This gallery is symbolic because it is on the east side of the wall, expressing the […]

08
Jun2012
2

Because my (Rob’s) cousin Caroline was getting married in Italy, we decided that it was a great excuse to see some parts of the country that we haven’t seen before. The first on the list was Pisa. We were told that Pisa can be done in a day, and I’ll revise that to say it can be done in 3 hours. This is not to take anything away from the views of the Campo dei Miracoli, because it is quite […]

03
Jun2012
0

On our last full day in Wales, we had to go see Conwy castle. Conwy is all about the castle – Lonely Planet said so and it was right. The castle is another great fortress in Edward I’s Welsh defences – a dramatic one too. It was built in just 5 years (1282 – 87) on an elongated rock, with eight huge drum towers punctuating the soaring walls. Very cool. Unike Caernarfon and Beaumaris castles, this spectacular castle didn’t need the […]

10
Mar2012
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A few weekends ago we decided to go for a road trip out to Suffolk to have a look around. Primarily to see Bury St Edmunds, the Greene King Brewery and a small town called Lavenham. When wandering through Bury, the walkway went through a derelict cemetery.. I still don’t understand how they treat cemetery’s like they do. Bury St Edmunds is a lovely old town with quite a bit of history. Below I am standing outside one of the old Abbey gates. It is host […]

07
Feb2012
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After a few days in Auckland catching up with the parents again, we decided to head north for a couple of nights. First, we went to the beautiful Rawhiti, where we hadn’t been since our wedding. It was a bit grey and gloomy, but still a great break. Matta and Rob got straight in the boat to go fishing. You can see the tiny dot of their boat in the distance of the bay… We weren’t having fish for dinner, […]

05
Feb2012
0

While we were at Lake Tarawera, we thought we should do some touristy stuff. Namely, a stones-throw down the road, we wanted to see The Buried Village. The little museum at the Buried Village was very interesting because of all of the photographs. The Pink and White Terraces ones were great. Back in the day, tourists visited the terraces for bathing, and some would record their trip, like in the photographs below. It was fantastic to see these images and how marvellous the […]

18
Jan2012
1

For the past month (mid Dec to mid Jan), Rob and I have been in New Zealand. Beautiful, summery New Zealand. But the weather is another matter. It takes 24 hours to fly to NZ from London (not including stopovers), so we decided to have a day long stopover in Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city. I had been to Vancouver once before when I was 14 for an overnight stopover, so didn’t see too much of the city (at least, […]

27
Oct2011
0

During our Rome trip we happened to run into some invader street art. The one below was while we were waiting in line to get into the Vatican museums. There is a lot of graffiti around that is just scribble, so it was nice to see something a bit more interesting. We saw most of his art outside tourist attractions, however we did run into a few that weren’t. I think some of the natives thought we were a bit […]

12
Oct2011
3

While we were in Rome we ‘had’ to go see the Colosseum. And it didn’t disappoint. The Colosseum was started in 70AD and finished in 80AD. To celebrate its opening there was a 100 day festival where 5000 animals were slaughtered in gladiatorial battles. Joy. While we were at the Colosseum we went on a tour (which I recommend) where we got to see under where the stage would’ve been, and also up to the very top story. The underground was […]

10
Oct2011
0

Rome – what an amazing city. I had previously been to Rome in 2005 for a few days with my family and loved the sights and sounds of the city. So, Rob and I booked an apartment for a week and packed a summer wardrobe – it was going to be 30 degrees everyday. Awesome. We did a lot of walking all over the city, and saw so many beautiful and surprising sights. On the way to the Sistine Chapel, […]

21
Sep2011
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On the 4th day of our trip to Munich we had a bike ride down the river Isar. The Barvarians treat the river bank like the beach and it was packed, so we had quite a bit of cycling to get to a nice quiet spot. We took a BBQ and some refreshments down to the river with us to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves. Once we were settled, we got the BBQ going ( two man ) to […]

11
Sep2011
2

So the third day we were in Munich we were taken for a hike around some of the Alps. View Munich Alps in a larger map We met at 10am with Heike and Lukas at Walchensee, which is about 1 hour south of Munich. We started the day with a nice relaxing gondola ride up the mountain ( easy hike so far ) which took us up to 1100m elevation. There was an amazing view from the top. From the […]

31
Aug2011
0

Rob has 2 cousins this side of the world. One is the beautiful Caroline in London, who we’ve caught up with a few times since we moved to the UK. But there’s another cousin who we’ve been neglecting since we’ve moved to Europe – James in Munich. Rob and I haven’t been to Germany before, so thought visiting James was a brilliant opportunity to check this country out. We were in Munich for 5 days and each was an adventure. […]

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
0

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
0

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 […]

30
May2011
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Absolutely everybody the Commonwealth over was talking about the royal wedding. Whether in love or disgust, you knew it was happening. Bath was no different. We decided to treat the whole occasion as a tourist attraction, and went down to the local park where they had setup some big screens to watch the festivities. I may have gotten a bit excited by the whole affair. There was a terrible amount of patriotism in the park. Flag waving abound by everyone! […]