Driving from Armidale to Coff's Harbour with my oldest daughter some years ago, I spot a sign for Dorrigo. The name sounds familiar. But why? We're at the other end of the world, after all. In Australia. And not Sydney or Melbourne, but inland Australia. Driving along, we pass any number of waterfalls on the way. Here's Wollomombi Falls, there's [...]
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 into therapy groups up there [...]
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 could construct such a monument. [...]
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 long-ish holiday... Government Gardens - [...]
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 great place for bushwalking. It's [...]
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 are a few of the [...]
It's time for another photo quiz, so without further ado - where in the world is this lovely bit of nature? This spectacular natural phenomenon occurs along a 5-kilometre-stretch of coastline in this little country. There you are, walking along the beach, when suddenly a series of jets rises before you. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh! Ocean water moves through tunnels in [...]
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 law (46 weeks parental leave [...]
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 in New Zealand for 25 [...]
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