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Matakana markets – quick five

When? Matakana market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm Where? Located approximately 35 mins drive from Auckland, it is scattered over Matakana Square at 2 Matakana Valley Road. To the right as you pass the roundabout. What to see? A lovely range or fresh food, flowers, locally made cider and crafts. Top marks for a buffalo burger. Anything else worth seeing nearby? Snells … Continue reading Matakana markets – quick five

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What to do in Tashkent

Congratulations.. you have made it to Uzbekistan. Your first stop in this interesting country is most likely to be the capital, Tashkent. Tashkent is a mixture of old and new – along with ultra modern high rise buildings, sometimes you might see an occasional donkey on the outskirts of the city or a mighty lada with a huge couch being transported on its roof.  Is it safe in … Continue reading What to do in Tashkent

Gallipoli: The scale of our war, Te Papa Wellington

I greatly dislike waiting in lines for things like exhibitions, tourists attractions…. There was only one exhibition this year where I spent waiting almost an hour before the doors opened This exhibition was at Te Papa, Wellington called Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition which marks World War 1 centenary. It is free and well worth the wait. Created with Weta workshop (creators of … Continue reading Gallipoli: The scale of our war, Te Papa Wellington

Wellington to Auckland by train

If you live in New Zealand, chances are you’ve seen a beautiful ad on TV – travel in style and comfort, courtesy of Kiwirail. If you haven’t, here is it. A couple of weeks ago Mr C and I went to Wellington for a long weekend. No set itinerary in mind, walk around the city, eat, drink coffee and most importantly catch the train back … Continue reading Wellington to Auckland by train

All I want for Christmas is you… and 25 other things

All I want for Xmas… is you… and you… and youuuu I am not greedy. But it is that time of the year when you see hundreds of gift guides and suggestions for the very best Xmas gifts. I also like presents and over the last couple of weeks I have accumulated a few book marks on my computer with things I’d like to buy … Continue reading All I want for Christmas is you… and 25 other things