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room with a view

Matamata
New Zealand
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Bucklands Air BnB, about a fifteen-minute

drive from New Zealand’s Matamata

and about five minutes

from The Hobbit Movie Set,

  is my room with a view.

Even from this distance,

I thought it spectacular…

 

…however, it was even better

when framed by the window.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Room-With-a-View

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RagTagChallenge-Frame

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frame

a rigid structure that surrounds something
such as a picture, door, or windowpane.

A few years ago we did a small road trip

around New Zealand’s, North Island.

We chose to stay at Buckland’s BnB

near Matamata, but only around a five-minute drive

from the Hobbit Movie Set our destination.

 

The window above our bed framed this scene perfectly.

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road tripping

A usually lengthy trip taken in a motor vehicle,

especially for pleasure.

 
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beautiful

pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.

beaches

a pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the sea
between high- and low-water marks.

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Topiary…Palace of Versailles

 

Red vehicle

 

Condiments

Hobbiton…inside out

Craig’s Hut

Craig’s Hut…Inside out

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WeeklyPrompts-PC-Window

 

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window

an opening in the wall or roof of a building or vehicle,
fitted with glass in a frame to admit light or air
and allow people to see out.

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A window doorway.

Whatever you call it Maggie approved.

 

The view from

Gods Window

over the

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

South Africa

This window just had to be photographed.

It is the view out Buckland’s BnB, about a five-minute drive

from the Hobbit Movie Set near Matamata,

New Zealand

When booking our Rocky Mountaineer options…

…we decided to pay the extra for the Gold Leaf experience…

…as carriages with windows in the roof were

all that we had ever seen advertised.

 

The less expensive, Silver Leaf Carriages have a restricted view…

…with windows only in the sides of the carriage

and meals are eaten in your seat.

Gold Leaf guests have a downstairs dining room.

The above image shows one Gold Leaf Carriage

on the extreme right.

The lower row of windows is in the dining area.

The front 5 or 6 cars are Silver Leaf Carriages.

 

York

England

Coffee shop

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:...Window

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge.

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While cruising the Swan River (Perth-Fremantle)

we were shown large, expensive properties

built on the river’s banks.

My next photos are known as God’s Window.

Located a short drive from

Mount Sheba Resort…

…in South Africa’s, Blyde River Canyon,

the views are spectacular

totally befitting a view through

God’s Windows.

If ever you are going to visit New Zealand’s

Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,

be sure to consider

Bucklands Air BnB.

Only a five-minute drive and you are

in a world of Hobbits.

The image above is taken through

the window of Bucklands BnB.

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Cees-BW-Photo-Challenge:…Through-Windows

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Initially my thoughts turned to

Africa for this challenge.

However, a little more thought and

New  Zealand it is.

New Zealand is sometimes referred to

as Australia’s seventh state;

and I must confess it is a

home away from home in my opinion.

Now for some random images from our

2018 road trip around a small part

of New Zealand’s North Island.

Near Matamata we spent a couple

of nights at Buckland’s Airbnb.

This window view, from our room,

was enough to keep me happy.

 

If the view appears too rural for your liking,

there is always accommodation in Matamata itself.

We were there to visit the Hobbit Movie set

which is less than 5 kilometres from

Buckland’s  airbnb.

The third of Waitomo’s Cave was Ruakuri Cave.

The only cave where photography

was freely allowed.

To reach the cave floor we had

to negotiate the spiral down.

And there was no magic way of getting

out of the cave without negotiating

the same spiral to ground level.

While in the Ruakuri Cave…

…there are plenty of sights…

…to view or photograph.

Several nights were spent in Taupo,

located on the north-eastern shore

of Lake Taupo.

About 15 minutes out of Taupo is Huka Falls.

Not big in either width or height,

however, big in water throughput.

 

Taupo also provided an extensive range…

…of flora to photograph during our visit.

About 90 kilometres to the south of Taupo is

Tongariro National Park

where I was able to capture this image of

Mt Ruapehu

At Rotorua we spent a night or two at

Hamurana Lodge

a Boutique Hotel out of Rotorua.

Using Hamurana Lodge as our base

we were able to visit

Whakarewarewa – Living Maori Village…

…and enjoy lunch cooked in a thermal spring

the traditional Maori way.

We arrived back in Auckland a few days prior

to No 1 Son’s wedding.

Number 2 Son and his wife had been sort

of shadowing us during our road trip.

As Daughter-in-Law celebrated her

birthday the day before we arrived

in Auckland we all met up for

a family celebration.

Dinner in Auckland’s Sky Tower.

New Zealand is a peaceful friendly country

with a wide variety of attractions.

AND it is roughly a two and a half hour

flight from Melbourne.

Compare that with a 14 hour journey

from Sydney to Johannesburg.

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point

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Whether one is in

Victoria’s

Western District…

 

…Hobbiton

New Zealand…

…visiting the

Tower of London…

 

…or exploring Old York,

there is always a signpost

to point you to your

next destination.

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One Word Sunday Challenge:...Point