Hamilton Botanical Gardens,
The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is famous for being the first avenue of its kind in Australia (perhaps in the world) and the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
It incorporates the Ballarat Arch of Victory and extends for approximately 22 kilometres.
Arc de Triomphe, in Paris
…Arch in Ypres’
I had heard my Father talk of
Menin Gate all my life.
So my 2017 visit was a
truly moving experience,
to visit the battlefields
and pass along the same roads
as my Grandfather did,
during World War I,
all those years ago.
Certainly Australia’s best known arch.
Not sure how it rates on a world stage
although we are constantly told
it is recognised the world over.
Upon entering the
Hamilton Botanic Gardens
in New Zealand’s North island…
…visitors have a two or three minute walk
before reaching central circular feature equipped…
…with archway portals into the
various other sections of the gardens.
Adjoining gardens are also equipped
…doors and archways…
…all of which have a short description
(foreground path left)
before entering the portal,
of what to expect in the new section.
Some portals are well gardarded.
Even on the return journey the guards
are rather imposing.
This was a fun portal.
The gates opened automatically.
Children would love it.
Geelong Coffee Shop.
Hotel Langham Melbourne.
Pre Dawn, Geelong.
Auckland (NZ) Airport lights
Geelong Boat Lights
Some farewell entertainment at
Sausage Tree Safari Camp…
…near the end of our first
African Safari, 2013.
Dubai fire dancer.
Whakarewarewa Maori Village dancers,
The view out the window at
Meanwhile at home, 2020,
this orchid adorned our
kitchen window sill until a week ago.
The walk to Waitomo’s
Ruakuri Cave entrance…
However, once through the entrance we were
greeted by this long winding ramp
which took us down into the cave proper.
Scenery from our travels.
Million Dollar View
Banff Fairmont Springs Hotel.
Tongariro National Park
I think this is Sulphur Mountain
Banff’s Main Street
Finally, a genuine
Afternoon tea stop in the
Rhineland Region of Germany
and it seemed only right to try out
some Black Forest Cake
at its point of origin.
These were desserts at
Auckland’s (NZ) Sky Tower…
…we we celebrated No. 1 Daughter-in-law’s
birthday in 2018…
…a few days prior to No. 1 Son’s wedding
to No. 2 DiL…an Auckland girl.
Auckland Harbour Bridge
This would be nearly as long a piece
of straight road as you would find in
the Great Ocean Road area.
Even on a quiet day it only takes one
overly cautious driver to have traffic
bumper to bumper.
Along winding walk down into the Ruakuri Cave
at Waitomo Glow Worm Caves