Lonely Road at Golden Hour

This wedding season has seen me spend a LOT of time on the road (moving 4 hours drive away will do that!!). I haven’t always had the time to stop and capture the moment if the scenery was photo-worthy, but a week or so ago as I was travelling through Waipara I had the time – and, as luck would have it – it was golden hour.

This stretch of lonely road, looked gorgeous in the golden light. Omihi, near Waipara, really is quite stunning.

Road through Waipara at Dusk, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Remains of an old jetty at Charleston

My winter blues were well and truly chased away by this brilliant sunset at Charleston, on the West Coast. This is a beautiful beach and was an amazing spot to spend a weekend away.

I was immediately captivated by the remains of this old jetty, which must have belonged to one of the cute little beach houses along the shore. The sand was fascinating as well, the hues of pink and grey give the illusion of water rushing in around the broken poles.

Charleston, West Coast, NZ, Sunset, Jetty

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Nu Adventures – Paradise

In Which We Wake Up In Paradise

At the end of Day 2 of our Nu Adventures we camped for the night at Paradise Flats, a beautiful spot inland from Haast. We drove up the Haast River Valley until we found this gorgeous little spot. The campsite itself wasn’t much, but the view if you walked a little was fabulous and we had it to ourselves. For a while. Another couple of vans turned up after dark, but they parked well away from us. We built a campfire, poured the wine and made a pretty average chilli-chicken noodle dish which I would have been extremely disappointed with turning out in our kitchen at home, but because we were in the great outdoors, cooking on our tiny camper cooker and eating beside a campfire, it was…  Paradise!

The next morning was just as stunning as the one before…

… but our little campsite was shady and frosty, so we decided to hit the road in search of sonewhere sunny for breakfast. We stopped at Cameron Flats, cranked out the espresso, bacon and eggs once more. Yeah, roughing it!

Eventually the sandflies got the better of us and we set off in search of adventure again, this time determined to be a bit more touristy and STOP occasionally. 5 minutes up the road we stopped. There was a walk to the Blue Pools, so we booted up and started hiking. Well, I say hiking, but it’s a pretty soft 20 minute walk through some nice bush, cross a swing bridge and you’re there.

In Which We Reach Lake Wanaka

We dawdled along the Makarora River Valley towards Lake Wanaka, stopped for cake & hot chocolate at a cute wee cafe in the middle of nowhere and carried on til we got to Lake Wanaka. We were pretty determined that we’d camp at either Boundary Creek or Kidds Bush, whichever looked better. We stopped at Boundary Creek first and were hooked. It was only lunch time, but it was a gorgeous place to stop for the night and there was a longer walk nearby that we could do so we found a spot in a deserted area of the campsite and went to enjoy the lake.

This was the view out of the door of our campervan – perfect right?

Dinner was a rather posh vege pasta bake. The wee grill drawer was coming in very handy, although as you can see was a bit localised in terms of it’s heat output. It tasted great and the view was top notch.

Nu Adventures is the story of our 3 month adventure around the South Island of New Zealand in over Autum/Winter of 2011. The rest of the adventure will be published soon, follow my blog for updates.

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Nu Adventures – West Coast

In Which We Visit A Fox

In this installment of our Nu Adventure we shall pick up where we left off on the first Nu Adventures post – waking up on our first morning to a stunning West Coast morning, bacon, eggs, espresso and a fabulous view and felt that all was right and well with the world. Ready everyone? …  *blissful sigh*.

After breakfast we packed up the van, and headed off down the road to be tourists. I had been to Franz Josef Glacier when I was a child, and The Mister had visited on a previous road trip so we drove merrily past that one and carried on to Fox Glacier. Still having issues with the whole “tourist” concept, there were a couple of missed photo ops on the road there, but we’d get in to the swing of it eventually. Whilst the glacier was spectacular, I found a lot of interest in the surrounding landscape – rocky streams…

and the valley that the glacier was receding from. This was particularly dramatic when you consider that ice has carved this landscape. The rock climber in me was eyeing up that rockface there. Luckily for it, the icy river was between us and the cams were safely tucked away in the van.

Back in the carpark we saw this little beauty. We agreed it looked like a very sensible vehicle choice for touring the country and taking in the sights!

Onwards & Downwards

We left Fox and continued down the Coast, along the way on one of the many one way bridges we met with a convoy of hot rods (what a day for classic cars!). They had right of way, so we sat and let them slowly trickle across the bridge… there was heaps of them so we waited a while, but we didn’t mind what with all the eye candy on offer an’ all. This was my particular favourite – chopped roof and matte black. Nicely done, sir, nicely done.

Venture Forth, Good People!

We stopped for lunch at Bruce Bay. A really beautiful spot, totally characteristic of the Coast with a wild beach, crashing waves and windblown trees. All along the road next to the beach were parked camper after camper after camper. The beach however, was pretty much deserted, owing I assume to another characteristic West Coast phenomenom – sandflies. Lots and lots of sandflies. So everyone was tucked up in their vans, sealed away from the bloodthirsty little insects eating their lunch and appreciating the view. The thing with sandflies is though, if you’re moving they find it a bit harder to eat you, so we ventured forth and appreciated the view from on the beach. While moving a lot.

Nu Adventures is the story of our 3 month adventure around the South Island of New Zealand in over Autumn/Winter of 2011. 

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All in the Past (Part 6) – Prague & Munich

The Final Leg

Next I went to Prague. I chose to visit Prague as photos I’d seen online looked cool – as good a reason as any! From recollection it was a toss-up between Prague and taking a boat up the Danube from Vienna to Budapest. I still wish I’d had time to visit both, but decisions needed to be made, so decide I did. It’s a beautiful city, and very entertaining to explore – more gorgeous architecture, churches, castles, galleries, bridges, cheap (but excellent) food & beer… the list goes on, but the gem of it all (for me) was the House of the Black Madonna. Not only was there fabulous artworks and architecture on display in the Muesum of Cubism, but the Grand Café Orient served coffee equal to any I’d sampled in Europe, and definitely the best cake of my holiday (I’d made it my mission to try cake & coffee somewhere new each day – good thing I was walking as much as I could rather than using public transport!) – light in texture but rich chocolate, with a thin layer of apple conserve on top. Hands down the best cake I tried, and believe me I tried a LOT of cakes.

Onwards to München, to visit a cousin. Conincidentally (well, not that coincidentally, I figured if I was going all the way to Europe and finishing the trip in Munich I could at least co-ordinate it so that I departed Europe in October) the Oktoberfest was in it’s final weekend when I arrived. I dragged the cousin (Heidi) along, elbowed my way in to one of the large tents (it becomes obvious pretty quickly that you’re not going to get in unless you elbow your way to the front of the throng of people trying to get in), shared a stein of beer and a pretzel the size of my head with Heidi, bought an over-priced stein glass as a momento (which survived 30+ hours of travel to make it back to New Zealand (including being thrown about by baggage handlers for about 4 different planes, but did not survive the February 22nd 2011 Christchurch Earthquake) and then left the madness for civilisation (crowds of incoherently, almost legless, drunk people aren’t really my scene. Unless I’m similarly inebriated, but it seemed everyone else was WAY ahead of me there, and the cousin wasn’t overly keen, so… ). I took a day trip up to Hohenschuangau (beautiful countryside, cute wee village, and 2 beautiful castles), and did the rounds of galleries & churches. Then, I did some shopping. As much as I LOVE galleries & properly old churches, after 5 weeks I was getting just a teeny bit over the beauty and the drama.  And a little home-sick. It was definitely time to go home.

I’d love to go back, and to see more of some of the countries I visited than just a major city.

Prague

 

 

 

 

 

München

  

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone. 
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:


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All in the Past (Part 5) – Salzburg & Vienna

Austria

After Venice I travelled by train to Salzburg. Travelling overland rather than flying was great as you really get to see the changing scenery and have a much epic sense of having travelled to another country. Particularly epic for me as I’d accidentally gotten on an earlier train which meant I had to transfer to a bus part way through and then again to another train. I was just a teensy bit worried that I wasn’t going to end up in Salzburg, but thanks to some very lovely Austrian Railway staff, I did. After a few days in Salzburg it was on to Vienna to meet some new cousins and take in the town that my Grandparents knew so well. The new cousins were excellent fun, and in between giving me a series of righteous hangovers chaperoned me around the sites of the city, showing me gems such as the weekly produce market, a Heuriger, and a gorgeous cafe in a vineyard somewhere in the countryside (excellent chocolate cake, if only I could remember where it was…). Having local guides who were keen to show off their city made for a really great visit to the city.

Salzburg

 

Vienna

 

  

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone.
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:


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All in the Past (Part 4) – Venice

Venice: I loved it. I love water, I love boats, I love old buildings, I love coffee, and I love gelato – so, all in all, the perfect place for me to visit. I wish I’d stayed longer. Acutally, I wished I’d stayed longer, but in a less dodgy backpackers/hostel thing. I ended up covered in bed bug bites. I’m itching just thinking about it! Aside from that, it was perfect.

I spent a lot of time riding the water buses up and down the canals and out to the islands, mostly not getting off, just sitting, watching and doing the rounds. Then, I wandered happily about the streets getting lost, finding the flow of tourists again, getting lost again.

  

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone. 
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:

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