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Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his Toilet (Day out Auckland)

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 [...]

Norfolk Island convict settlement: the most haunting place in the Pacific

Norfolk Island was once Britain's worst convict colony. So bad was it, convicts sought execution as relief from suffering.

Tiny Tonga

Tonga, or Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga, is the only monarchy in the Pacific. A constitutional monarchy in theory, a bit more feudal in reality. Or at least the reality in 2003. The then king, Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, was once famous for being the world’s heaviest monarch.

Aggie Grey’s – a legend in the Pacific

Resembling a large rambling guesthouse more than a hotel, Aggie Grey's has been around since 1933 and is an institution in the Pacific. Hang-out for American soldiers during World War II, the hotel is named after the little lady who ran it then. It is still run by the same Samoan family. This fabulous colonial hotel on Apia harbour is [...]

By |26 March 2010|Islands, Quirky corners, Samoa, Travel with children|

Sweet Samoa and Stevenson

One of the fun things about island-hopping in the Pacific is the feeling of time warp when crossing the international dateline. Leaving Fiji on 15 April, we arrived in Samoa a few hours later on 14 April, miraculously gaining a day – then promptly lost it when going to Tonga.

Family travel in Fiji

Back in 2003, while on parental leave (a year off work with 80 % pay - a great Scandinavian employee right), the girls and I lived in New Zealand for 6 months. While in the neighbourhood, we did some South Pacific island hopping - to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Norfolk Island. While Samoa and Tonga are Polynesian, Fiji is in [...]

PhotoFriday – Remembering Norfolk Island

Island hopping in the Pacific, including Norfolk Island (capital: Burnt Pine), home of the descendants of the Bounty-mutineers. Beautiful, isn't it?

Norfolk Island murder solved

In the Pacific paradise Norfolk Island, a man just pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman 5 yeas ago, the first murder there in 148 years.

Reminiscing about the Croc man: Here’s to you, Steve Irwin

I was about to write a post about Girona, but the news about the Crocodile Hunter made me want to reminisce about another journey instead. For all his antics, it's sad that such a presence, such energy, just stopped being. Three years ago, I lived in New Zealand with my children. While there, we spent heaps of time exploring Oceania [...]

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