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Trip on LSD

USA | Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | Views [657]

We took a short trip on foot down Lake Shore Drive, Chicago's highway along the edge of Lake Michigan. Starting from Michigan Avenue we made our way through Grant Park - where we gatecrashed a fairly tame freshers party for some Chicago university. We ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Chicago

USA | Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | Views [426] | Comments [1]

Our fifteenth flight took us from Los Angeles to our eighteenth and final hotel – the magnificent Hilton on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Happily, for our final stop, they upgraded us to a room the size of a small town with a nice view down the ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Universal Studios

USA | Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | Views [504]

Up early, and off to sea the artifical worlds and dancing monkeys that you can only find at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The highlight was definitely the Waterworld show - a 15 minute re-enaction of the closing scenes of the massive flop of the ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Hollywood

USA | Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | Views [579] | Comments [1]

We've seen the way the other side lives! We travelled through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel Air today peeking through gates and over fences to see how you'd cut your grass and paint your walls if you'd made billions of dollars out of the entertainment ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Los Angeles

USA | Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | Views [478]

We flew for over nine hours through the night to arrive around midday in the City of Angels , where we were greeted by an extremely excited but ultimately very odd border guard. We found our way to the hotel in Beverly Hills, took a bit of a stroll ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Rarotonga

COOK ISLANDS | Saturday, 25 Aug 2007 | Views [3611] | Comments [2]

Kia Orana! There are fifteen main islands in the country named Cook Islands, and of these fifteen islands which house 14,000 - 19,000 people (depending on who you ask or who's counting), Rarotonga is the largest. Our base on Rarotonga, the Muri Beach ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Time Travelling

COOK ISLANDS | Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Views [543]

Today we're leaving New Zealand after a lovely fortnight, heading for the Cook Islands (you can see our destination's remoteness on the map below) where we'll arrive yesterday after a leap across the virtual and mystical International Date Line . Trippy.... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Back to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 Aug 2007 | Views [474]

Today was our last full day in New Zealand. We left Hamilton for Auckland from where we fly to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands tomorrow. En route we encountered a friendly yet festidious traffic cop who punished us for the minor indiscretion of fractionally ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


Rotorua to Waikato

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [748] | Comments [1]

In the city of a thousand smells, Rotorua's most offensive olfactory insults are reserved for the only Maori owned park - the aptly named Hell's Gate . The name of this place - given by our very own GB Shaw - captures its essence. Shaw, upon seeing ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Taupo

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | Views [575]

We took a fairly long drive this morning, retracing our steps from Monday - to visit some of the things we saw outside our car windows as we sped past on our cross-country trek at the start of the week. First off was the Volcanic Activity Centre in ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Knox your socks off

IRELAND | Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007 | Views [693]

Wow. This place never ceases to amaze. Today's spectacular experience centred on Lady Knox's Geyser and the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland close to Rotorua. The geyser, named after the daughter of some Governer General from the past, erupts with faultless ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Rotorua

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | Views [526]

Rotorua is New Zealand's main centre of geothermal activity - the underground volcanic rumblings resulting in a whole assortment of manifestations above the surface - from bubbling mudpools, to toasty rocks to bursting geysers. Today we visited Te ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Petrol Prices

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | Views [648] | Comments [1]

Strange - every single station we passed charged 153.9 cents for a litre of petrol. You'd think that if they were fixing the price they'd bump it up a bit - anyhow, we filled our Toyoto Camry with as much of the stuff we could fit and then set out on ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Lady Norwood

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 12 Aug 2007 | Views [520]

Not knowing who Lady Norwood is, was, or will be, we nonetheless took the time to visit the rose garden named in her honour, because Ruth's family home shares a name with that lady. Unlike the garden at no. 76, the rose garden on the hill overlooking ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


WOW to Windy Welly

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 11 Aug 2007 | Views [513]

Nelson is the largest urban centre on the north coast of New Zealand's South Island, and as such serves as a meeting point for everyone within a 30 mile radius - particularly at the weekend when the Nelson Market takes over Montgomery Square. Unfortunately, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Abel Tasman National Park

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | Views [522]

On the advice of our hostess we took a drive today out to Kaiteriteri , a lovely little seaside village - though village may be an exaggeration. Above the village is Kaka Point , a viewing spot at the top of a steep incline, from where you can see ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


South Island

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Views [427]

New Zealand is comprised of two main islands, understandably named the North Island and the South Island . Separated by the Cook Straits on the surface and the Pacific / Australian plate intersection at a deeper level, the two islands actually ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | Views [444]

A Carrolls type tourist shop that we wandered into in Auckland was selling upside down maps. Arguing that there's no nautral up or down in the planet -  they repainted the globe with New Zealand occupying a spot around where we'd normally find ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


Auckland from Above

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 7 Aug 2007 | Views [369] | Comments [1]

The tallest structure south of the equator is Auckland's Sky Tower - a distinctive feature on the cityscape peaking, as it does, at some 328m above the ground. Though we didn't eat there, the Orbit Restaurant at about 200m is a rotating eaterie - ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


NZTV

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 6 Aug 2007 | Views [355]

Wrecked. Just wrecked. Today was occupied by clothes washing, reading, grocery shopping, cooking and watching some New Zealand TV - the highlights from which were the farewell to the All Blacks who left from Christchurch today for the World Cup in France ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


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