Akaroa
Travel

Friendly Friday Challenge- Meet Jan and John

"We have more in common than we often realise." Christchurch - 2 weeks before the first earthquake, Cathedral square Just two weeks before the first dreadfully unexpected earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, way back in 2010, a Kiwi friend had hooked me up to meet Jan and John - two residents of this fair city,… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge- Meet Jan and John

Great Ocean Road, Australia
blogging

Visiting Melbourne

Not just home to Victoria Bitter, or Tennis Australia’s epicentre, but every jar of Vegemite ever made and the largest Greek population outside of Athens, Melbourne is the world’s largest southernmost city. As the city navigates its way out of Covid, it's a good time to begin planning a trip there. Combine it with a… Continue reading Visiting Melbourne

Australia, blogging

Dog Friendly Cafes and Bars

Unlike a lot of Europe, dogs are not welcome at all eating venues around Australia. The select ones that do welcome dogs, were so few a decade ago that I started a social media group to identify and share information about their location. It now has almost 9000 members. That is a lot of folks… Continue reading Dog Friendly Cafes and Bars

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blogging, Community

Bloggers with a View Video – Market Day

Credit: Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles Our ongoing project with Vero, Sandy and other bloggers around the world continues. It's a really fun way of taking a trip around the world even when you are in lockdown. Bloggers with a View is the brainchild of Vero from LesFrenchChronicles. Something to Ponder About followed up later… Continue reading Bloggers with a View Video – Market Day

Fat Margaret Tower, Talliin
blogging

Haunted House in Talliin

As the Schnauzer begins barking at the Trick and Treaters brave enough to go out in the storm, I am reminded of another creepy tail and wonder about the activities that might occur at a location on the other side of the world. The Devil's Window (Rataskaevu 16) There is a house at No. 16… Continue reading Haunted House in Talliin

lavender
blogging

Lavender

Farming and rural communities are doing it tough in these times. Most of us recognize that. You will be be delighted and surprised at the hidden gems found in many country towns and rural areas that were formerly overlooked by the overseas obsessed traveling public. Amandine Lavender is one such gem near the central Queensland… Continue reading Lavender

monument 9 11 christchurch
Architecture, Travel

Christchurch Cathedral – Now Lost

The Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, was an impressive piece of religious architecture and a tourist draw-card for the small city. Sadly it's now gone, due to two large earthquakes that occurred back in 2010 and 2011. I was lucky enough to visit just two weeks before the first earthquake. History of Christchurch For Christchurch… Continue reading Christchurch Cathedral – Now Lost

winter windmill skansen sweden
Traditional Art, Travel

Swedish Skansen Museum

Overlooking Stockholm, Skansen Open Air Museum is a walk back in history that every visitor should make when visiting Sweden. Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of… Continue reading Swedish Skansen Museum

Skiing Bitihorn Beitostolen Norway
Travel

Skiing in New Zealand

Several years ago, we endured a heart-stopping trip to The Remarkables Ski Fields in the South Island of New Zealand. Australians flock to the NZ ski fields, every year, as it is more cost effective for them, than skiing in the limited fields in Australia. Finally, we arrived! After the 8 Kilometre, nail-biting transfer to… Continue reading Skiing in New Zealand

ski area New Zealand
blogging, Travel

Risking Life and Limb to Ski in New Zealand

Queenstown On the way to Cromwell... To reach our destination in Queenstown, we'd had to firstly cross the Canterbury plains and central Otago - Mckenzie country, take lunch at stunning Mt Cook, had a tea break at Omarama and Cromwell before traversing the very scenic Lindis Pass, before finally reaching Queenstown. Lindis pass' Along the… Continue reading Risking Life and Limb to Ski in New Zealand

Merino Sheep, Mt Cook
blogging, Photography, Travel

Cromwell and The Lindis Pass

Iceland or New Zealand? New Zealand has often been compared to Norway. In fact, on the way to Kastrup airport in Denmark, I saw one of those massive billboards, illuminated with a photograph of a snow-covered mountain. The caption read, "Norway? No! New Zealand!" Several years ago, I took a bus from Christchurch in the… Continue reading Cromwell and The Lindis Pass

History & Traditions, Traditional Art

First Trip to Nepal

Fellow blogger Pooja from Stories from Europe grew up in Nepal, so we've joined forces to write about a city located close to Kathmandu, called Bhaktapur. The individual accounts are about the same city, Bhaktapur, but written from a perspective of 34 years apart. What things had changed? What comparisons can we draw? Let's find… Continue reading First Trip to Nepal