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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hamilton February 4th 2018

. On Friday morning after a slow start, we drove to Waikanae Beach.Here we stopped for coffee and a friand at the Front Room Cafe.Then a walk across the road took us to the "beach". There was a king tide and the water was lapping right up to the sandhills and the waves were crashing in. I was amazed at the amount of debris on the shore, many logs and branches washing in and out with the sea's ebb and flow. There was no room for a stroll so we drove along the foreshore and stopped further down only to be met with the same sight. What was impressive was the view of Kapiti Island not far offshore, rising green and stately from the stormy sea. We then decided to check out Paraparaumu beach further south. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region February 1st 2018

Our first full day in NZ was a busy one. We left the hotel about 9-30 and stopped for breakfast at Pandoro's near the docks area. We then went to Te Papa. This is a wonderful museum which we had visited before. Today the main attraction was a special exhibition about Gallipoli and especially NZ's part in the landings and the subsequent fighting there in 1915. The first room immediately confronts the viewer as it contains a giant figure of a soldier firing his pistol. These amazing statues are peppered throughout the exhibition. There were also interactive dioramas of the terrain and demonstrations of the battles. Not a huge number of artefacts but the confronting nature of the large sculptures certainly made this memorable. We spent over an hour looking through this and reading the stories ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Longford » Lanesborough August 22nd 2017

On Saturday morning we were up relatively early and after a tasty breakfast we drove to The Giant's Causeway. We were there about 10 minutes before opening time at 9am. It was a very windy, overcast day but fortunately the rain held off while we made our visit. The Visitor Centre is very modern and we found a park easily and waited at the door with a few others. Once inside we paid our entrance fees, collected our audio guides and started walking down the path. The first section is known as the Bay of Cows. The legend behind this section of the Northern Ireland Coast revolves around the giant, Finn McCool, who challenges a Scottish giant to a duel but runs away when he sees how large the other giant is. Finn was supposed to ... read more
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Europe » Ireland August 19th 2017

On Wednesday, we took our time leaving the hotel as we had to pick up our car at 11am. We got a taxi to the Avis depot and there we acquired our black Astra . After programming the GPS we headed north for the coast. We had a few twists and turns following the Sat Nav’s lady’s instructions but eventually arrived at the seaside town of Howth which is still in the outer Dublin suburbs. This is a busy fishing port so we parked and walked along the Marina. It was very overcast and windy, more like our winter than a summer’s day. We did find Beshoff’s market restaurant where we had a delicious seafood platter for two. This was fresh and scrumptious and was quickly devoured. We headed along the coast, stopping briefly at Portmarnock ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 16th 2017

Our last day in London was a quiet one. We spent the morning getting packed and updating blogs etc.We walked next door to Brown's for lunch. For once the sun was out and we sat outside. As it was a Sunday there were several families also enjoying the sunshine and the food. for lunch. I chose a fish pie while Fletcher thoroughly enjoyed his lemon sole. The fish pie was excellent and went well with the Gavi de Gavi pinot grigio. Kevin Gosper was also dining nearby and stopped by for a chat. We chatted to two couples next to us . Both had small girls who were very cute. After a pleasant couple of hours in the sunshine we returned to the hotel and watched the 20km walk on the TV.. At the track I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 13th 2017

What an exciting and busy few days have we had!! With the athletics events on every night and catching up with people during each day we have hardly stopped. Again I will try and sum up what has happened in each sphere. Firstly the Athletics. These Championships have produced some outstanding results and unexpected happenings. Some highlights for me have been the Australian performances. Kurtis Marschall, at only 20 years of age, placed 7th in the Pole Vault final. This competition was fascinating with several athletes passing to gain advantage and the American Sam Hendricks eventually the winner. Brooke Stratton, in the women's long jump final, jumped very consistently and was 6th in the world! And the final high spot came last night when Sally Pearson, coming back from breaking her wrist very badly, won gold ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 9th 2017

Our time in London has been so busy I have hardly had time to stop and think, let alone write this blog. So today I am attempting to sum up what has happened over the past four days or so. Firstly the Championships. These have been action packed with several highlights every night. The crowds here are amazing with sold out sessions even in the mornings. They are knowledgeable as well and great supporters of the British athletes. The presentation has been excellent too. Hero the hedgehog arrives at the start of the night and "warms up" the crowd with his keep fit routine and the beginning of every final is literally heralded by a fanfare of trumpets coming from a group of soldiers. The last two nights it has been the Scots Guards in their ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 5th 2017

On Thursday, Fletcher left for the Congress at 8-30am. I had a quiet day. I ventured out and walked across the footbridge and down to the Thames at Canary Wharf. It was overcast and extremely windy but I strolled along the banks, watching the various boats and ships travelling the water. I stopped for lunch at Zizzi's, an Italian restaurant with a view of the river activities. Very nice pasta and gelati. Then it was back to the hotel. Fletcher returned about 6-20pm after a long day of meetings and we went down to the bar for a pre dinner drink. We met up with John Coates who stopped for a chat and then Gunther and Marco De Rosa who works for Dartfish which has developed video performance analysis software. He is Swiss and was very ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Canary Wharf August 3rd 2017

We said our goodbyes to Roger and Judy and set out for London about 9-30am Judy had said to go straight up the A3 and then onto the M25 and we would be at Heathrow. We programmed the GPS and off we went. Because I had entered the "shortest" way into the Sat Nav the lady took us off the A3 and onto the A320. Though this is more scenic and probably cuts a corner or two, it proved to be not a good idea. We were held up at a roundabout where there were roadworks in progress and spent about 15 minutes in a queue before getting through. However, we finally made it and after getting petrol we dropped the car off at the Car Rental depot and rode their shuttle bus to Terminal 5. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England July 31st 2017

Waking with some glorious sunshine we had a leisurely breakfast with much chat and friendly banter. We set out about 10-30 to execute Judy's plan for the day. We drove first to Chawton. This was the home of Jane Austen for several years before her death and I could not resist visiting. As we arrived there were many ladies and gentlemen , all dressed in Regency style costumes, assembled on the lawn outside the house. Judy discovered that they were from the Hampshire Regency Dance Group and were staying in Chawton for the weekend to explore all things, Austen. While Judy and Roger went for a stroll, Fletcher and I paid the entrance fee and went on to see where Jane had lived and written. The house itself is quite small and they have furnished it ... read more
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