Category Archives: Something different

“Do you remember The Shire Mr Frodo?”

We had set out on a day trip from Auckland to go and see a thermal village in Rotorua.  It’s a bit of a hike, but there were three of us to share the driving so we took the opportunity.  About halfway there we ran into some road work and had to go on a detour through the countryside.  As we were driving along we were all thinking to ourselves about how much it looked like the scenery from the Hobbit movie.  One of us wondered out loud and then we all said we had been thinking the same thing.  So we did a quick search on Google and found out that we were, in fact, very close to the movie set!  Since we had no pressing deadlines to meet (the absolute bliss of being on holidays) we changed course and stopped in for a visit at the movie set in Matamata in New Zealand, to see what we could see.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The sunshine blogger award is peer recognition celebrating bloggers promoting positivity and sunny vibes.  The award is a great way to network with other bloggers and also to help promote new blogs.

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Blogger Recognition Award

On 5th October 2018, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.  I’m a little bit late with this response, and I’m thankful I could finally spend the time to reply to this lovely gesture.

I would like to thank Vansh Tiwari from CrossRoadAdventure for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  I am very appreciative, and I think this is a great way for bloggers to support each other.  CrossRoadAdventure is travel blog providing information about travel in India, as well as other travel tips.

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Kawau Island New Zealand – A Short Stay

A short 8km boat ride across Kawau Bay from Sandspit, Warkworth will transport you to the beautiful Kawau Island New Zealand.  There are ferries and water taxis that leave from Sandspit daily, or take your own boat out for a spin.  The island has three harbours: Bon Accord Harbour, North Cove, and South Cove.  Most residents rely on direct waterfront access and have private wharves for entrance to their homes.  Other residents choose to live on their boats anchored in one of the harbours.

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Meteora Monasteries in Greece

The Meteora are rock formations shaped as a result of the erosion of wind and rain over time creating separate pillars of various height and width.  Centuries ago, monks seeking quiet solitude for their devotions created small places of prayer by making cells inside caves that had eroded from the side of the rocks, and the area came to be known as a holy place.  Amazingly, around the 14th Century, many Meteora monasteries started to be built at the very top of the rock pillars, access being gained only by removable ladders and winch systems used to haul up baskets and nets – for goods and people!!.  Continue reading Meteora Monasteries in Greece