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World at a Glance: Auckland’s Sky Tower and therapy

We’ve visited the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere twice: the first time was just Alex and I, during a short one-week first-time jaunt to the land of the long, white cloud. Our next visit to the Sky Tower Auckland was four years later, while we lived in New Zealand. On both occasions, we bumped [...]

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World at a Glance: The Stonehenge of Tonga

Did you think stone henges was a phenomenon limited to Europe? Think again. The Ha’amonga ‘a Maui trilithon might be much smaller than the remarkable site at Salisbury Plain, but legends and mysteries surround this Tonga stonehenge as well. How were these heavy coral lime stones lifted and set into place? Surely no mere mortals [...]

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Government Gardens, Rotorua

A quick post today, inspired by this week’s #frifotos* theme: gardens. Pictured above is Government Gardens in Rotorua. Again, it seems I’m drawn back to New Zealand, our second home country. My inner self must be telling me it’s time to visit. Now, to persuade the girls to leave their dogs and horses for a [...]

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Blue Mountains

I love the Blue Mountains. It’s the first place I ever saw kangaroos in the wild. And no matter how many Aussies might consider these marsupials a pest, I think they’re absolutely beautiful and one of the features that make Australia special. Just a short distance from busy metropolitan Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a [...]

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World at a Glance: Hole in the Rock

Over time, waves crashing into this very peculiar work of nature known as Hole in the Rock, have hacked away at the stone, creating this 18-metre hole.

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Kids and animals in Australia

Travelling with children in Australia is very easy and an absolute joy. One of the highlights for my daughters has been the opportunity to get up close with the local fauna, both with farm animals and with wildlife so different from what we have in Europe. Leaving the more alarming ones aside for now, here [...]

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Sunday scenes from down under: Auckland Harbour Bridge

Auckland Harbour Bridge has no walk or bicycle lanes, but there’s a bridge climb and, of course, a bungee jump. We’re in New Zealand, after all.

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