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Bridges from New Zealand… 

Hobbiton Movie Set…

Auckland Harbour Bridge.

An old bridge between Rotorua and Whakatane.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

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Our Rotorua accommodation had about this many steps outside the building.

Our host met us and offered to carry our cases in.

Great.

We had just completed a 1.8 kilometre walk,

over a geothermal area where handrails were few and far between.

I was also told, by the builder, that there are 666 steps in the walk.

Presumably 333 steps up and  333 steps down.

An hour or so driving and my knees were begging for mercy.

 

 

Sans luggage, I almost bounded up the outside steps

only to be greeted by this staircase inside.

AND at the top of this staircase was another…as long and steep.

Finally our room door.

It was opened and there was another staircase,

only 4 steps into the room.

At this point our host, seeing my struggles with the stairs

asked if we would like a ground floor room.

My knees were doing cartwheels…in their imagination!

Why in the name of fortune had he not made the offer

prior to scaling these steps.

The resident donkey came over to bid us farewell.

Although I really think it was contemplating one of

the apples we were told we could feed it.

As much as I like large dogs it took me about three seconds,

on the shore of Lake Taupo, to decide his Newfoundland,

as nice as it was, was not my type of dog.

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Pic and Word Challenge: Contemplation

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Places-People-Live

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In late June 2018…

we visited Wiseman, Alaska.

Wiseman is 63 miles, or 101 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Only eleven people live at Wiseman and

while it looked gorgeous in summer,

stories about Wiseman winters

made us want to head south.

Although I have to confess the scenery was spectacular..

A few weeks ago we visited

Whakarewarewa Maori Village

in Rotorua New Zealand. 

I’m not sure that I would like to live with geysers

and geothermal pools in my back yard. 

However, at least one could stay warm all year. 

 

 

A Victorian winter’s day, where all you have

to think of is whether to take a coat…or not.

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Giants from new Zealand…although we begin in Italy.

Anyone who has visited the Vatican

may have climbed the spiral step less staircase

and been in awe at its construction.

However the entrance/exit to the Ruakuri Cave, at Waitomo,

makes the Vatican staircase look like a miniature.

We also visited the Giant Redwood Forest at Rotorua.

These trees are not as large as some

of the photographed Californian Redwoods,

however, they are still Giant Redwoods

 

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Pic and Word Challenge: Giant

A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Through-Glass

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During our new Zealand road trip

 

MGW had my camera nearby to capture scenes

that would have been impossible for me to photograph.

 


With my camera hard up against a window

I manage to capture some of this sunset

on Friday October 5, at the

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner which was held at

Devon on the Wharf in Auckland. 

My images are a bit different to the sample shots in the challenge post. 

They are, however, all taken through glass.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Through-Glass

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People at work in Rotorua’s, 

Whakarewarewa Maori Village.
First up lessons in pronunciation…

 Then our guide showed around the village.

She was particularly proud that this was a living village.

As there was a meeting in progress we were unable to enter this meeting-house.

This cultural troupe then entertained visitors…

and appeared to thoroughly enjoyed their work…

as much as we enjoyed their performance.

 

Expression ranged from war like, to happy…

to that of intense concentration.

As we were leaving after lunch (included in the price),

via the gift shop, our guide was behind her uncle’s desk

and gave us a private demonstration of how

to make clothing from the widely grown New Zealand flax.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Peopleat-Work