little feast

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There sure is something magical about a winter Christmas…

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a.k.l.

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Auckland
New Zealand
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When the rest of the world think of New Zealand  – or those who have heard of our little islands at the bottom of the world – more often than not, they think of the South Island. They look past the largest city in the country and think mainly of hobbiton or the mountainous, lakeside, glacial, views.

Don’t get me wrong. The South Island is absolutely stunning, but poor Auckland often gets forgotten and missed from a travel itinerary – because it’s just a city. I can hear all you South Islanders cringing as I type..us Aucklanders cop a lot of flack from the rest of the country, i.e. our nickname being  JAFA’s (Just Another F***ing Aucklander…) but I stand strong as a born and bred Aucklander and believe that Auckland is absolutely a destination that should make it on to any NZ travel itinerary. Continue reading

anzac

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Growing up, April 25th has always meant the same routine; waking up at 4am, bundling up warmly, putting together a flask of hot chocolate and heading down to the beach with my dad – and in earlier years my beloved Grandmother – for the annual Anzac dawn service. This tradition is so ingrained in my calendar  I even continued this tradition this year with my flatmate while living in London. Post service, you go home, snuggle back in to bed, waking a few hours later to eat freshly baked delicious Anzac biscuits (recipe here). The news that evening heavily revolves around coverage of the various services nation wide, across the Tasman as well as the build up to the service about to be held at the very place this day is based on; Gallipoli, Turkey. Being a place close to all New Zealanders and Australian’s hearts it was a no-brainer that on my five day trip to Turkey I would make the trip down to the historical peninsula.

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tripadvisor

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For those of you who love to travel, you don’t need me to inform you on the benefits of TripAdvisor. As an excited pre-traveler, it’s a great way to research things to do, places to eat, drink and sleep. As traveler on holiday or just back from one – it’s a great way to review, rate and recommend things you have done and places you have eaten, drunk and slept!

In this day in age, user generated reviews are the way to go. The beauty of travel lies within personal experience and perception and as humans, we all have very different perceptions on anything and everything. Therefore, what better way to mould and plan aspects of your trip than with some real life reviews by previous travellers. TripAdvisor reviews are different to the ones you read in travel magazines or testimonials on websites that are usually sponsored and paid for…these are organic, real and raw – a lot of contributors live by a no holds barred type mantra.

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hamam type of afternoon

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If you’re ever in Turkey – spending a couple of hours in a traditional hamam is an absolute must.

A hamam is the Turkish variant of the Roman bath, the sauna or steam bath but distinguishes itself from other variants through its focus on water and not purely steam. A Turkish bath is a method of cleansing and relaxation – both of which we experienced at the historical Aga Hamami in Taksim, Istanbul.

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