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Wellington – the windy city

November 16, 2011 2 comments

Wellington – What a pretty place. We made our home in Lower Hutt, the original settlement before the first inhabitants thought better of it and moved across the bay to Wellington. ( well actually, not the first inhabitants, the first european ones!).  Wellington surprised us, and our first foray to the top of the hill to the observatory was the start of a very pleasant couple of days.

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Napier – Art Deco City

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

We drop into Hastings on the outskirts of Napier to visit Paul and Jana’s parents; the last time we met them was at the end of August in Prague. They are lovely and welcome us with a delicious hearty lunch. We chatted over the wedding, bussing around New Zealand and the famous tractor ride to see the Gannets on Kidnap Point. Before we know it we are booked in on the 4 hour tractor ride through the waves.

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Horse riding – Argentine style

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The next morning as a treat before we head back to Cordoba, Jo and the kids (not Theo) take some horses for a ride up into the mountains. I am not tempted, my relationships with horses is more culinary than equestrian, but the others loved it, especially the younger ones as they were allowed to ride “solo” on pretty big horses. The family who run the cabanas have the horses and the little boy has been riding them since he was one!

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Tomato Festival

August 8, 2011 1 comment

It’s not quite like in Spain, but there is a local tomato festival in one of the nearby play centres (the equivalent of an outdoor Pirates Paradise). As well as the usual donkey rides, face painting and dolly making, the “under 6 wrestling in tomato sauce” must rank as one of the more bizarre events. In the UK you would be sectioned for organising it, we just felt really uncomfortable.

 

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Family Visit

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

We had been looking forward to them coming over for a while, and true to form the 4 days we had with the family coming over were brill. Every day was packed out, but I think it is fair to say the essentials were well covered. As an initiation to the hordes of tourists, were covered the castle first, after which things could only be less busy (with the exception of Charles’ Bridge which is a nightmare at any time of day or night!). A brisk climb up the steps of St Vitus Cathedral and we were well rewarded with magnificent views over Prague. From here you can put the city into some context.

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