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This is a collection of my blog entries related to short or long trips I, or Jennifer and I went on.
I have some master pages for some specific locations/trips:

Paris over many years | Australia over many years | Canada over many years | Japan over multiple trips | Italy in 2011 | France in 2013 | Indonesia in 2013 | Japan in 2013 | Japan in 2014 | Taiwan in 2014 | Indonesia in 2014 | New Zealand in 2015 | Japan in 2015 | Costa Rica in 2015 | Singapore in 2016 | South Korea in 2016 | Japan in 2016 | Japan in winter 2017 | Great Britain in 2017 |

Table of Content for trips:

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2010/01/17 Wellington, New Zealand
π 2010-01-17 00:00 in Trips
Jennifer and I went to New Zealand since I was going there for linux.conf.au.
This year it was in the capital of Wellington. While it was centrally located between the two Islands, it was unfortunately on the north Island, or a 6 hour return trip from the south island by ferry, making visitting the south Island by car a non very worthwhile endeavour, which is unfortunate since many of the interesting things were actually on the south island.

welcome to kiwi land :)
welcome to kiwi land :)

Given that, we stayed on the north Island and were greeted by pretty poor weather (overcast and drizzle on most days), making visits no that worthwhile or enjoyable. As a result, we didn't get to rollerblade around the coastal path, or hike up the nearby mountain, or kayak, or even dive due to fairly strong winds that just mess up the waters (which were cold anyway).

We still got to see a bit, including the single nice day we used to drive to the coast and see pinnacles, but otherwise we saw a few museums (indoors), and ended up coming home a day early since whatever left we could do didn't seem worth the hassles for me of staying an extra day and travelling back on monday and going to work the same day after landing.

Random pictures from Wellington:

Parlement
Parlement


cable car
cable car

weight of one car brings the other one up
weight of one car brings the other one up



wellington is a harbour city of course
wellington is a harbour city of course

View from Mount Victoria:




nice rotor cloud, Wellington is *very* windy
nice rotor cloud, Wellington is *very* windy

Botanical Garden:


nice botanical garden
nice botanical garden




Karori Wildlife Sanctuary:

nice friendly young siamese cat we found on the road
nice friendly young siamese cat we found on the road

See the green lizards?
See the green lizards?



New Zealand Kaka (like a parrot, but not quite)
New Zealand Kaka (like a parrot, but not quite)




Te Papa Museum:

Kiwis
Kiwis

A giant squid they caught
A giant squid they caught

Very nice temple
Very nice temple

The Maori performed for us
The Maori performed for us

They taught their warrior dance to our friends
They taught their warrior dance to our friends

Art Museum with an expo from a Japanese Artist:








On the single nice weather day we had, we rented a car and went to MartinBorough, their wine country:




they also had wines with QR codes
they also had wines with QR codes

and then went to the Putangirua Pinacles:






the dirt randomly collapsed under our shoes and we got a bit dirty :)
the dirt randomly collapsed under our shoes and we got a bit dirty :)

it reached both of our pants :)
it reached both of our pants :)


And that's about it. All in all there wasn't that much to do around Wellington, especially with mostly not so good weather. When we flew back to SFO the weat was the same, except for a 10 degree difference at best.
The trip back was uneventful outside of increasingly ridiculous TSA practices (full body and luggage search for everyone just 3mn after you clear the previous search and Xrays at security: they empty absolutely everything, even the coins in my wallet).

Jennifer got to see at least one Kiwi :)
Jennifer got to see at least one Kiwi :)

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2010/01/04 A few pictures from Paris
π 2010-01-04 00:00 in Paris, Trips
Since we were in Paris almost 2 weeks this time, we had planned to go visit at least a couple of days. In the end due to the very cold weather we only went portion of a day since interesting things like climbing to the top of the sacré coeur were closed due to ice and cold (I think even the Effeil tower was closed some days for the same reason, which sucks since the view would have been good for a change with no smog).

We went to see the musée de cluny:

haha, good one :)
haha, good one :)




the famous dame à la licorne
the famous dame à la licorne


We were hoping to get more of an inside tour of Notre Dame, but we only got the 3 euro tour of 'les trésors du sacré coeur' (the outside was closed due to weather)





closed :( too bad it'd have been cool to visit
closed :( too bad it'd have been cool to visit

Last, but not least was the Conciergerie, used for centuries as a prison in Paris




Oh yes, also dinenr with our friends:


And yes, that's it: crappy weather made it so that we didn't visit too much.

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