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Out and about

We are often coming across places we would like to go to, and new things we would like to do, so we thought we would start to collect some of them together here on this page, which will be an ongoing work in progress. As we come across new places we would like to visit, things we would like to see and experience,  we will add them to our collection here. Many of these will no doubt remain travel pipe-dreams, but we can all dream, right?

Vitrahaus, Weil am Rhein, Germany: Design and Architecture

Image from vitra.com

We saw this building in a documentary on our way back to New Zealand. This is just the most delicious looking building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron. It’s the showrooms for Vitra furniture in Europe, and we have both agreed that this place is completely worth a visit.

Budapest, Hungary: Cafes and history

Parliament, Budapest. Photo by Catherine Karnow for National Geographic.

We’ve been keen to go to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, for a while now. To sip coffee and eat pastries in one of the old cafes, to walk by the Danube, to see the Parliament and riverside lit up at night. Concerns over human rights issues have made us hesitate to visit thus far, but our human rights and travel approach might be inherently hypocritical and/or compromised. It needs more thought and like this page is a work in progress. In the meantime, Budapest stays firmly on our list and we can’t wait to get there one day!

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand: Kayaking in Godzone

Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Photo by Matthieu Colin/Getty Images for National Geographic.

It’s clear to see why we want to go here, right?! We can’t wait ’til we get to kayak and bushwalk our way around this beautiful national park in New Zealand. And once we are living back there, there will be simply no excuse; it’s so close to Wellington.

Wild swimming in France

Natural swimming pool, Pont du Diable, France. Photo by Daniel Start/wildswimming.com.

We’ve been reading about wild swimming possibilities in France here, and after seeing those beautiful photos, we are really, really keen to go and get into a bit of this. These places look pristine and tranquil, in amazing locations. Think we would need to invest in this guide first though!

Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion Temple), Kyoto, Japan

Kinkaku-ji, The Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto. Photo from japan-guide.com.

The stunning, otherworldly Kinkaku-ji is just one of many reasons why we want to visit the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto. More reasons to come.

Tate Tanks, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

We are excited to visit the newly opened Tate Tanks at the Tate Modern, one day soon, hopefully. What an incredible performance space. Great use of recyclying old buildings for new purposes… Watch this video and I am sure you will see why we want to go!

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos looks like a dream travel destination, and we are pretty desperate to get there. Located in the western part of the Algarve region, Lagos has incredible natural beauty, as well as ancient history going back over 2000 years, so it sounds perfect for us! We are sure that all the beaches are amazing in their own way, but Praia da Batata (Potato Beach!) and Praia Dona Ana look particularly exceptional. The clear sparkling water, the dramatic cliffs, the golden stretches of sand… we’re sold!

Praia da Batata, Lagos, photo from http://www.photoglobe.info

Praia Dona Ana, Lagos, Photo by Steven Fruitsmaak on http://www.ealgarve.com

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