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Across The Sea

Sinemage Blue Mountains Australia

It was late in the night and after going through a couple of turbulence, our plane landed on Wellington airport under the rain.

We were happy to be back and also pleased with our trip in Sydney.

Despite the wet weather which followed us across the Tasman sea, we enjoyed the mild temperature and a well-balanced program mixing culture, nature, food and shopping.

Sinemage Vivid Festival Sydney

We were lucky and glad to meet there fellow blogger [and excellent cook!] Razz and his wife.
Razz is a Sydneysider who shared spontaneously and generously with us the love for his city and country.
Please go and read the colourful story he’s posted on his blog regarding our first meeting in the city.

Sinemage Dawes Point Sydney
Sinemage Black & White Diptych Space In and Out
Sinemage Victorian Style House Sydney

The imposing harbour bridge, the architectural curves of the Opera House, the historic area called The Rocks and the lush Royal botanic Gardens… We did most of the major touristic attractions, but we also took the time to just wander randomly in different areas and feel the pulse of the city.

Our accommodation in Surry Hills was conveniently located and surrounded by many little restaurants, a good bakery and all the amenities.

Sinemage Diptych Room and Bush View
Sinemage Cockatoo Island Sydney

We also spent a full day in the Blue Mountains with Razz. And what a day !
In the morning when we arrived, the clouds were laying down in the valley like a white carpet and gave a kind of mysterious atmosphere to the place.
A couple of hours later, they were all gone. Like if someone had removed a curtain, the impressive depth of the escarpments was revealed and I almost felt dizzy.
At the end of the day, on the way back, we stopped one more time and looked at the fabulous landscape lit by a nice golden light.

Sinemage Sydney Skyline Australia

The day before we left, we jumped into the ferry for Cocaktoo Island and enjoyed a 360° view of the harbour on the way.
The day went by quickly between the visit of the historic island and exhibits of Sydney Biennale displayed there.

To sum it up I would say it was a short, intense and colourful vacation.

Sinemage Pair of Parrots Sydney

Across the sea, we’ve seen a big city.
Across the sea, we’ve seen big mountains.
Across the sea, we’ve met nice people…

Sinemage Opera House Sydney

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Day Out

Black and white landscape

It was mid-day when Paprika and I left home with a light picnic packed in the bag and a vague idea of where we were going.
On the road the traffic was busy.
And it seems everybody was outside that day.

There were girls smartly dressed, on their way to the Wellington Cup.
Men angling at the seaside.
Enthusiasts playing with their model aeroplanes in the light breeze.
Families, sunbathing and playing on the beach.
And us, like everyone else, enjoying this beautiful day.

We drove around the Pauatahanui arm of Porirua harbour.
The light was incredible, making the waters shimmer and the surrounding hills look like velvet.

We spotted a peaceful location, laid the mat and ate our lunch.
Then we walked along the sea and reached these colourful baches.
I liked the way each one is customised with little quirky details and catchy colours.

Afterwards, we went to the ancient Pā site* in Whitireia park and contemplated the great vista of Porirua harbour, Mana island and Marlborough sounds in the background.

It felt so good up there…

*Pā were built by Māori as fortified refuges for times of war, but were also secure living places and centres for learning, crafts and horticulture. They were often located on naturally defensible high points such as the ends of steep-sided ridges, coastal headlands or isolated hills but were also built on the edge of swamps and sometimes on flat land.

Source: Open Space New Zealand

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Ma Cabane…


Luckily you rang at the door, I would have fall asleep again… Or should I say hibernate ?!

Look, I want to show you a house today. No, there’s no doorbell on this one, but it’s like the one you were dreaming about when you were child…

What ? Don’t tell me you have never dream to have a tree house ?! Are you scared of heights ?

Ok, right… It’s not actually a house, it’s a similar concept. It was first built as a restaurant and now the place is available as a venue for hire.

Don’t you like the organic shape ? There are more pictures and sketches there. Go and have a look !

No, I didn’t have the chance yet to visit it. It’s 45 minutes drive from Auckland…So that’s 10 hours drive from Welly…

And what I did then ? Well, I moved around the furniture a little bit here, in my own hut. Hope you like it…

I also take this opportunity to thank You for stopping by, participating and being supportive !

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