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Monday memory: 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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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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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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Cape Byron Lighthouse

To me, nothing says Byron Bay quite so much as the Cape Byron Lighthouse. It shines a mighty powerful light and it’s a beautiful lighthouse.

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How to rent a home in New Zealand

After the Christchurch earthquake, the grassroots movement Blog4NZ was born, aiming to support New Zealand tourism after the earthquake. For 72 hours, travel bloggers from all over the world will tell stories about a country we love. Here’s one of mine: After I had my youngest daughter, I used the opportunity afforded by Norwegian family [...]

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his Toilet

In Vienna, you may have seen the creative and colourful Hundertwasser House. You know, the one with no straight lines, where trees are incorporated into the house. Even the floors are wavy. As Hundertwasser said: “an uneven floor is a melody to the feet”. But did you know the famous ahead-of-his-time eco-friendly Austrian architect lived [...]

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