One of the first things we did when we arrived in Prague was to set off in search of all things antique and medieval – in other words, we made our way over to the Old Town Square. Anyone who has been to Prague will be able to tell you about the footwear required to be able to deal with those cobblestone streets. (I bought a pair of shoes in Prague and they were some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned! ) Walking towards the square, past bohemian crystal stores and assorted galleries and museums, we felt like we were winding through a labyrinth.
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.
When you hear the word “Santorini”, images instantly comes to mind. Cascading whitewashed buildings with perfectly sculpted walls and arches decorating the inside edge of the crater of an active, though presently dormant volcano. Views out over the Mediterranean blue of the mostly underwater caldera. When you arrive by water you are cruising across the inside of the volcano.
The Hotham Valley Railway at Dwellingup is a place that you can go to experience what rail travel was like in the golden age of steam. The team of volunteers work hard to give you an enjoyable day out. The town of Dwellingup is a 40 minute drive from Mandurah, Western Australia.
San Francisco sits on a hilly peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, in northern California. The landscape created by the hills around the city is unique and has been featured in many well-loved TV shows and movies throughout the decades. Since 1873, the iconic San Francisco cable cars have been climbing the hills through the streets, and they are one of the popular tourist attractions in the city, being the world’s last manually operated cable car network.
Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian Island, after Hawaii and Maui, and is home to the state capital Honolulu. Oahu is categorised into five regions: Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Coast, Winward Coast and the North Shore. Each region has a different character – from laidback surf towns, to cosmopolitan city life, fine dining and diverse shopping options.