London Walk with Photography Life

Wednesday 15th May saw the London photo walk from Trafalgar Square to Waterloo Bridge organised by Photography Life’s Nasim Mansurov.

http://photographylife.com/photo-walk-in-london-next-wednesday

I would love to know how to add a photo to my comments on PL.  I would also like a decent photo to upload.  I think the girl with the purple coat and grey beret (above) may have one.

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Dubai, UAE

Dubai has less than six days of fog each year.  After our nineteen hour journey from Auckland we were diverted fifty miles north of Dubai due to fog.

As we sat on the runway for six and half hours the plane ran out of food.  Having refuelled for a ten-minute flight back to Dubai we landed and waited for another hour and half before the plane could find a gate for passengers to disembark.  By the time we went to bed that night we had been up for forty eight hours but we slept like babies and avoided any jetlag!

Dubai was as glitzy as ever and our son Philip and his partner Georgina took us to Zuma for my birthday.  Delicious!

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland was the close of our New Zealand odyssey and we were not disappointed by views of Auckland from a volcanic crater and a walk through Waitekere Range Park.

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Thermal Lake, Wai-O-Tapu

Rotorua, New Zealand

Fortunately, we switched hotels a few days before we arrived in Rotorua and were rewarded with a great view of the lake.  Rotorua is overtly a tourist destination catering for backpackers and coach parties.  This was reflected in Eat Street where the bars outweighed the dining options and sparrows flew around restaurants terrorising the diners.

Rotorua Museum is well worth a visit, the Buried Village of Te Wairoa has a link below.  Wairere waterfall required a long decent and a strenuous climb back to the village.

http://www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz

http://www.buriedvillage.co.nz

Wai-O-Tapu was the best geothermal park we visited in the Rotorua area.

http://waiotapu.co.nz

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Lake Taupo Sunset

Lake Taupo, New Zealand

After a nightmarish rain drenched drive from Napier on single lane roads with large trucks hurtling towards us we reached Lake Taupo where the sun came out to provide a magical sunset.

http://www.greatlaketaupo.com

At the Hilton we grappled with the wi-fi but what we lost in bandwidth the hotel made up for in the restaurant, the enjoyable Bistro Lago.

http://www.bistrolago.co.nz/menu/mains/

The next day we visited Wairakei Terraces, Craters of the Moon thermal park and Huka Falls.

http://www.wairakeiterraces.co.nz

http://www.cratersofthemoon.co.nz

En-route to Rotorua we visited Orakei Korako, another geothermal experience.

http://www.orakeikorako.co.nz

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