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In praise of croissants...

In praise of croissants...

Hard to believe we have been in Paris for 10 days already. After the tres magnifique lunch at Le Bristol on the Day of Significance, we started the following morning with an almond croissant taste-off. The one on the left is from the closest boulangerie to our apartment, whose name escapes me, and the one on the right is from Au Levain d'Antan which is literally spitting distance across the road. The one on the left loses points for being in a plain brown wrapper, and also for being 2 euro comp...
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THE DAY has finally arrived!

THE DAY has finally arrived!

The jour of my Significant anniversaire finally arrived, much to the Ginger’s relief - although he doesn’t know that I plan to celebrate the entire moin if not the ans. We started the day with a visit to Sacre Coeur, the very top of which we can see from the bedroom in our apartment if we stand on one leg on a stool and sing Frere Jacque. Luckily this is what we are quite often doing anyway. In the church we lit a candle for my late aunt Nance and the Ginger’s sister Nicky. Then we wondered...
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Hi Ho Hi Ho It's off to Paris I Go...But First...

Hi Ho Hi Ho It's off to Paris I Go...But First...

Having completed Phase One of my Significant Birthday celebrations (joint party with my BFF in Sydney) and also Phase Two (group holiday on the Northern River Coast of New South Wales) I am now in the deeply dull mid-phase phase of unpacking, laundering and re-packing (Muriwai Beach, New Zealand) before embarking tomorrow on Phase Three (Paris, France. Yes, France.) A bientot. XSK 
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Au Revoir l'ile du Sud

Au Revoir l'ile du Sud

Back home now after our final stop in the fallen and rising again city of Christchurch. After 10 days of so much scenic beauty in our glorious South Island, it was a giant kick in the guts to be reminded that nature isn’t always so kind and sweet. In the case of Christchurch, “violent” is the word that kept springing to mind. Actually, I cried a lot, which is embarrassing because I was only visiting, but my heart just broke for the city itself and for the amazing, incredible, inspirational...
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Because It WASN'T There

Because It WASN'T There

Inclement weather snatched away our staggering views of Mt Cook today so we were moved to park up the Mighty Mau Mau and head for the Hermitage Hotel to check out the Ed Hillary Centre. Frankly, I give the exhibition a big TRY HARDER but The Ed Hillary documentary we watched in the theatre was first rate. What an honest, not to mention thrilling, account of an unlikely and, at the crux of it, unenthusiastic – about fame anyway – mountaineering hero. My biggest disappointment, however, had no...
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If You Can't Beat 'Em

If You Can't Beat 'Em

Awwww, when the Mighty Mau Mau got us to Mt Cook, we didn't give a feather nor a fig who waved at us. Actually we didn't have a feather nor a fig but we had some walnuts and no one asked us for them but if they had, we would have gladly parted ways. (I'd already tried to crack open the little buggers but no luck.) Our excitement at landing the MMM at the base of New Zealand's biggest mountain was somewhat diluted by locking both our wallets and phones in the campervan safe, only to not be able ...
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