In Auckland, I love how the city looks so modern, and yet you are so close to beautiful beaches and walking trails. There is even a trail that is COAST TO COAST and you can see the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other side. What a fantastic place! Please let me know if you have been there! (And Graham and Paul, I know you live there, so I hope I don't get anything wrong here, I only know New Zealand from movies and from your blogs!) I was able to see the Hobbit House which is also on the North Island. They built it for the movie and decided it leave it for the visitors to New Zealand. If you go to Paul's blog from New Zealand, he has photos of it here!
Now, don't even get me started on everything I also want to see on the South Island. All the mountains and trails that are there would be like a dream to me...I love birds and flowers and everything in nature, so New Zealand just sounds like the perfect spot for someone who enjoys the outdoors...
Now, I have NEVER been there but that does not make me love it any less! I worked as a travel agent for many years and I sent people there so I had to know a bit about it. I actually had to talk many people into going there and after they got back, they wished they had taken more time to see New Zealand! I did have a few travelers who were very wealthy and had traveled all over the world. When I asked them what was the BEST place, their most favorite destination, one that that they were most grateful that they had seen, New Zealand was invariably the answer that they would give me.
Confession time: I started not to do this post but when I spilled some water on my desk at work today, and it reminded me very much of the shapes of the main islands of New Zealand, I thought it might be God's way of telling me I needed to go ahead with my post about New Zealand!
By the way, I really loved that movie that we watched. " Love Birds" starred Rhys Darby and Sally Hawkins. You might know Rhys Darby from "Flight of the Conchords", he plays their manager. He is a really funny comedian and also a good singer! And guess what? I just read that Sally Hawkins is an English actress who is the daughter of Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, the children's authors! This might not mean anything to you, but you must know that I love children's books and recognize many authors. What, you say you are not surprised at all by that? I know I should be insulted but you have to work harder than THAT to insult me! (But please, don't try, I get insulted enough in my everyday life as it is.) Okay now, hope you don't mind my little talk about New Zealand, I quite enjoyed my job as a travel agent. I used to say, "Now, where in the world would you like to go?" to my customers, but no one quite got my sense of humor. I am so glad that YOU do, oh dear, sweet reader of my blog!