Archive for the 'Architecture' Category

New Zealand: Gordonton – Zealong Tea Estate

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

You can visit the Zealong Tea Estate in New Zealand, walk the sculpture walk, take a tea tour, sip tea in the tea house of, of course, shop in the tea retail shop.

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New Zealand: Auckland Domain – A Street Named Stanley

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

When your name is Stanley, it’s a bit of a thrill to have a street named after you…This one is in Auckland, New Zealand.

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New Zealand: Auckland Domain – Auckland’s Sky Tower

Monday, December 30th, 2019

The Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern hemisphere. It sits at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets and is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall.

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New Zealand: Auckland Domain – Auckland War Museum

Monday, December 30th, 2019

In the stately columned Auckland War Museum, you can discover the world’s largest collection of Maori and Polynesian artifacts. Sitting impressively in the center is a large ornately carved Hotunui meetinghouse from 1878 and a Waka (war canoe), Te Toki-a-Tapiri from 1836. They’re heart and soul of the museum, yet there’s lots more.

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New Zealand: Waitakere – Hotel Weta

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Outside the Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere NZ, you can often see a local bug, the Weta in this hotel especially built for them. The second image is what they look like. Wetas are over 100 million years old (they knew the dinosaurs!) and haven’t changed much in all that time.

 

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New Zealand: Waitakere – Entrance to Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere NZ

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

This impressive 11-metre high pou (post) stands outside the Arataki Visitor Centre as a guardian to the centre and Waitakere ranges. The whakairo (carvings) are carved from Kauri trees by Te Kawerau Maki, the local mana whenua (guardians of the land). The story it tells is of their ancestors.

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US: Seattle – Walkway by the Water

Monday, December 16th, 2019

You can get a nice view, cool breezes on this walkway behind the Pike’s Place Market in Seattle. Note the ferris wheel in the distance. Do you think the people walking are noticing anything other than their phones?

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US: Seattle – Old and New Architecture in Seattle

Monday, December 16th, 2019

We love the contrasts of architectural styles as we walk through cities. This one’s in Seattle, WA.

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US: Seattle, WA – Architecture in Seattle,WA

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Seattle’s history of architecture styles can sometimes be glimpsed all at once.

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US: Seattle, WA – Seattle Space Needle

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Here’s a moody shot of the iconic Space Needle in Seattle looking like something you could make with a giant erector set.

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