Exploring Hobbiton: My Dad’s home town

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OK so my Dad isn’t a hobbit as such (although he is short and hairy) but he is technically from Hobbiton. Matamata, New Zealand that is, or the home of the set of Hobbiton. Matamata was just a small Waikato … Continue reading

Stepping back in time to the Gold Rush days at Sovereign Hill

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Back in Easter this year we headed to the Grampians National Park for a hiking and camping getaway with friends from Melbourne. After a big night on the tiles in some of Melbourne’s trendy bars, we were feeling a tad … Continue reading

The Best Markets in London (in my humble opinion)

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There is just something special about markets. Maybe it’s the old fashioned-ness of them. The hustle and bustle. The community feel. The freshness of the food. The unique clothing and accessories. The smiles and laughter a great market brings out … Continue reading

Sampling the wares in the Hunter Valley and a quick peek at Nelson Bay

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Since moving back to Sydney in January, I have been busy exploring the city and the surrounding area as much as possible. After barely leaving the city when I last lived in Sydney nearly 10 years ago, mainly due to … Continue reading

Island time on Florida’s quirky Key West

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I had been excited to visit Key West ever since I heard that it is full of social outcasts that don’t fit in anywhere else in the US. It even has the nickname ‘Key Weird’. People are accepted here for … Continue reading

Abandoned buildings and incredible views: Hiking Italy’s Amalfi Coast

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I have hiked the Inca Trail, through the Rocky Mountains, between the villages of Cinque Terre, past Mount Doom on the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand, around the thundering waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and dodged bears in Glacier National … Continue reading

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains: Christmassy cheer at the wrong time of year

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On a cold winter’s weekend last month, Trav and I headed back to the Blue Mountains for the Yulefest celebrations that are held there every year. We both may be from the Southern Hemisphere but after spending several years Christmassing … Continue reading