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A quaint night

December 27, 2015

“We ate well and cheaply and we drank well and cheaply and we slept well and warm together and loved each other.”
– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

I loved this little French restaurant we tried last night—before we even got inside. 😉

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Morning at our house…

December 27, 2015

Me: Good morning! What would everyone like for breakfast? 🙂

Everyone: Yittle: “Mac n Cheese!” Son: “Scrambled eggs with veggies!” Son’s best friend: “Stack of chocolate chip pancakes!” Niece: “One pancake. No butter. No syrup.” Hubby: “Half a sandwich!”

Me: Ponders how, in the world, that question went SO wrong. Hahaha!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Hugs,
Kalebra (The Kelby short order cook.) 😉

 

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Third day — New Zealand

October 20, 2015

What kind of day is it when you mix New Zealand, Land Rover treks, Lord of the Rings locations and a wine and cheese sunset shoot with Trey Ratcliff?
In the words of Barney Stinson…“Legendary!”

Our day starts out in a Land Rover that will take us to some off the beaten paths and cool locations from the movie Lord of the Rings.
Gah! I may be a nerd but man, I loved seeing those locations!

You guys ready? Good. Let’s get started with Nomad Safaris Land Rover Adventures—yeehaw! Our first stop was high above Queenstown for an awesome view overlooking the town and countryside. These views took my breath away—and I’m not kidding—it was super windy up there! Hahaha! 😉

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Afterward we went to this location (below) where a section of this river was used in the movie for the Argonath pillars. To the right of this scene (and not pictured) is the original bungee jumping bridge. We watched a few jump but kept coming back to this scene. I mean, seriously, it’s a Lord of the Rings location. Screaming bungee jumpers just can’t compete. LOL!

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Once we left here our Nomad Safaris driver—we’ll call him Cap’n Jack (just because I like calling adventurous types by that name) took us to the river and…

OMG!!! Cap’n Jack is a maniac! Hahaha! Why drive around a river when you can drive through it instead? At this point I started documenting with video in case all they found later was my camera. LOL!

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After we had all peed ourselves in the river I think Cap’n Jack felt bad because he made us tea and cake. Awww—Cap’n Jack—you’re not a maniac—you’re sweet! Like cake. Like a crazy, crazy, fruit cake. Hahaha!

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Seriously though, if you get to New Zealand, you have to do this! Truly adventurous fun! I’m sure Cap’n Jack will have his license back by then. 😉

After we were through with the fun in the river we were taken to higher, windier, ground to dry out and though it was cold it was also worth it!

IMG_6152The gusts of wind were so unbelievably strong up here and at one point my husband had to chase his hat down the road (below).

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We went back to the hotel to shower and change clothes after this so that we wouldn’t smell like some crazy tea and cake river before going to meet Trey and his wife Tina—a wise decision I think. 😉

And then there was Trey and Scott and me and Tina and wine and cheese and sunset and Trey’s unbelievable home and family and sheep and bees and honey and…my poor brain could barely process this “legendary” day!

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Scott and Trey—getting ready to do their thing. 😉

What a day. What a sunset.

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See you back here tomorrow for day four. Whew! 😉

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2nd Day — New Zealand

October 19, 2015

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

And here’s how we wandered on day two.

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The long and winding (awesome) road.

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Okay, I’m game—let’s see where this leads.

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The sun sets on a spectacular day of wandering.

But not before I give a nod to the Lord of the Rings ’cause, yeah.
In honor of Treebeard (one of my favorite characters from the movie).

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“Many of these trees were my friends. Creatures I had known from nut or acorn.” – Treebeard

After a long day of wandering you absolutely must sit next to the fire, light a candle and share a meal. Done.

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This is an Italian/Pizza restaurant named The Cow. Excellent in every way.

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A perfect end to a perfect day.

Hope you’ll join me tomorrow for day three in New Zealand where we went by Land Rover to some off the beaten paths
and locations for Lord of the Rings.

Happy Monday everyone!

 

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Day Four — the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk and more!

October 15, 2015

Before I begin can we all just pause for a second please and take notice of the awesome way I rhymed the headline? (pause…smile really big)…
okay, that’s enough.

On our fourth day in Australia it was time for the World Wide Photo Walk and I was so excited to meet, in real life, people I had met and been talking to for years on line. Also, I love meeting new people and photographers (especially those on a photo walk) because they are absolutely some of the nicest, funnest people you’ll ever meet! This would turn out to be an awesome day!! In fact, it would turn out to be so awesome, with so many wonderful folks and conversations, that this is the ONLY photo I took while on the walk and it was from the pub/restaurant/hotel (depending on your definition) where we ended the walk. What are you gonna do? I blame: Gretchen Chappelle, Ana Andres, Bakul Gupta, Francis Gorrez and Michael Sutton. And, to them I say, don’t look surprised—you know it’s true! Hahaha!   😉

However, after the walk…

It’s all about that bridge, ’bout that bridge…

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At sunset.
During the photo walk Ana Andres had recommended that Scott and I walk across the Sydney bridge later so, we did…all the way from one end to the other then down underneath it and about half way in and back again. In the end, Scott’s Apple watch stopped counting his steps and just told him to sit down! I took it as good advice and followed his lead. I mean, this was after a photo walk but it was so worth it!

(The image above is just getting started and about a quarter of the way down the bridge.)

(The image below is about halfway and (coincidentally) the point where I realized I was now in it for the long haul.) Haha!

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The image below happened while looking to the other side of the bridge and at the point where (after walking for an entire day) I started to get spatially disoriented and just started randomly shooting colors. LOL! However, I love these colors. Yay for spatial disorientation! Wait. What?

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Lastly…

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…is this image of the Sydney Opera House from underneath the bridge where my husband and I sat and enjoyed a beautiful sunset together. Then we immediately called a taxi (making sure they came all the way to the bottom of the road, right next to where we were sitting so that we could, basically, roll into the car) because our feet were not having any part of us standing on them again. Hahahaha!

Thank you Sydney, Australia (and all our new friends there) for being so awesome—we’ll never forget it!

Tomorrow we start in New Zealand. Whee!

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Day three — our trip from Australia to New Zealand

October 14, 2015

So much to do! So much to see! How will we ever decide what to fit into this day? Guess we’ll have to do it all!

My husband knows that there a couple of “must dos” on my list when traveling. The first must do is if there is a carriage ride in the city you’re visiting—you must take one. The second must do is if there is a garden…you must visit it so, when we realized there was a Chinese Garden of Friendship, my (awesome) husband made sure it was the first thing on our list when we headed out that morning. The picture above is of some bamboo in that garden where, presumably, visitors had carved their names. I don’t know if the practice is discouraged but I found it heartwarming and peaceful so of all the pictures I took from inside the garden (and there were many) this one is my favorite. If you get to Sydney, I highly recommend this garden. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be there on a school holiday (like we were) and you’ll get to hear the sounds of happy children jumping from rock to rock, giggling and playing hide and seek in the bamboo. It was a lovely way to start the day.

Once we left the garden we went to the Sydney Observatory and I didn’t take a single photo. It’s a fine observatory and if you like observatories I think you would like this one but it was there that I realized something about myself. I realized that I don’t particularly like observatories. Though it can be an interesting view and way to “see it all” at once…I don’t really dig it. At that height I feel like everything becomes the same and the detail of the city fades and…I don’t know…you know? Anyway, no photos and I’m okay with that.

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Mmmm…coffee.

By the time we were done at the observatory we were ready for lunch and a coffee. To my great surprise and delight they had a Le Pain Quotidien Restaurant (my favorite lunch restaurant) in the Rock (shopping and dining) District—a great area for a bite or drink or a bit of shopping. A friend of ours had told me that I had to try a “flat white” coffee so I did and…David Carr…you’re not only a very nice person to have suggested this but you are now my hero because it was wonderful (and so were the dozen others I had before I left Sydney). Hahaha!

And once you have coffee…

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You need chocolate!
Haigh’s Chocolate to be exact.

Keith McInnes (a fabulous photographer located in Sydney) told me that I had to try Haigh’s chocolate before I left because I would love it and…Keith McInnes…you’re not only very nice (like David Carr) but you are also now my hero because that chocolate is so delicious that I not only enjoyed some while I was there but I had to bring some of the dark chocolate covered ginger home for myself and also some milk chocolate bears for my daughter and niece and milk chocolate drops for my sister—gah—that stuff is good! However, I just recently (like seconds ago) made David Carr my hero so…this is awkward. Hahaha!

After lunch, coffee and chocolate it was time to walk!

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And the caged bird sings…

My husband had read about Angel Street where 180 bird cages had been hung high above the street and recordings of bird songs played to remind you of…well, let me show you what the plaque below them read.

“These recordings are from bird species that once sang in central Sydney, before Europeans settled and gradually forced them away. Some of these birds can still be heard on the city margins where they find food and shelter in native vegetation.”

It is a hauntingly beautiful sound and well worth the walk to see them.
I’m so grateful that I get to travel with someone who is on the lookout for the extraordinary.

After some more walking and talking my husband let me know that he had bought tickets for us to see “Anything Goes” at the Sydney Opera House. Really?! We’re going to see a show inside the Opera House?! Oh man! You know what? I think I’ll keep him. Hahaha!
I don’t have any photos but oh…the memories I have.

Tomorrow I’ll write about day four of our trip when we went on the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk—hope you’ll join me, er, us. Hahaha!

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Our trip from Australia to New Zealand—one day at a time.

October 12, 2015

I know, I know, you expected the Opera House, the harbor, the city, etc., but the truth is when we arrived we were so exhausted that we could only look at those things from the hotel room window for most of that day. We did venture out around sunset to a park where my husband wanted to shoot from but all I remember is “Honey, let’s walk down there. Honey, can you hold this? Honey, how many fingers am I holding up?” Hahaha! We didn’t stay long and then we went back to the hotel.

The trip gets better (I promise) and to make it easier to follow along I decided to post our trip days one day at a time and this was our real first day—which may not seem like much but for two people with schedules like ours, lying around in linens that looked like vanilla frosting and staying in and ordering a beautiful cheese plate from room service felt like a vacation in and of itself. LOL!

I hope you’ll stick with me because we covered a lot between Australia and New Zealand and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

In the meantime, have a marvelous Monday!