Some more pics from Amsterdam

July 9, 2009

Amsterdam, June 2009.
Outside of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, June 2009.
Outside the Rijksmuseum.
Nemo Science Centre, Amsterdam, June 2009.
The Nemo Science Centre.
A boat next to the Nemo Science Centre, Amsterdam, June 2009.
A big boat next to the Nemo Science Centre.
Old-style windmill, Amsterdam, June 2009.
De Waag, Amsterdam, June 2009.
De Waag
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Some photos from Amsterdam – Anne Frank and the Homomonument

July 4, 2009

A few weeks ago Paul and I spent a week in Amsterdam. Below are some photos from Anne Frank House and the Homomonument.
The front of Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
Above, the front of Anne Frank House. This housed a business with Anne Frank and her family hiding out in the annex at the back. Below, a nearby statue of Anne Frank.
A statue of Anne Frank, Amsterdam
Homomonument, Amsterdam
The sign above says: “Homomonument Commemorates all women and men ever oppressed and persecuted because of their homosexuality.
Supports the International Lesbian and Gay Movement in their struggle against contempt, discrimination and oppression.
Demonstrates that we are not alone.
Calls for permanent vigilance.

Past, present and future are represented by the 3 triangles on this square. Designed by Karin Daan, 1987.”
Homomonument, Amsterdam
Homomonument, Amsterdam
Homomonument, Amsterdam
You can read more about why they have this monument here.

The Monument to the Great Fire (of 1666)

April 27, 2009

A couple of weekends ago Paul and I climbed the 311 steps up to the top of the Monument (to the Great Fire of 1666). It didn’t seem that far – but we were climbing behind an old woman (who was going quite slowly) so I wasn’t puffing by the time I got to the top (that and my regular exercising at the gym also helped of course!).

Unfortunately the sun was right behind the monument when I tried to take photos of it so the photos from the ground are pretty dark but it was cool to look out over London from the top! I don’t actually think London has a very exciting skyline but it was still cool to be up there. We also got certificates when we came back down – which we thought was cool.
The Monument to the Great Fire of 1666, London
Above, the Monument, below, the entrance!
Inscriptions on the Monument to the Great Fire, London
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2008: An overview

January 4, 2009

-Our ceiling collapsed thanks to inaction of our useless estate agent (don’t use Carlton Residential!)
-My photos were featured in the Schmaps online guides.
-The Australian government apologised to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations and for past inhumane treatment. Now if they would just stop the intervention (or at least re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act so it actually applies to what they’re doing in the intervention) things could maybe improve.
-I got a spouse visa giving me leave to remain and work in the UK for two more years.
-I really got into podcasts (thanks to the ipod Paul gave me for Christmas.
-We moved into a really nice flat that is really close to amenities and train station, etc.
-We went to an Enchanted Woodland and we continued to explore and get-to-know London.
-I bought a very cool Atlantis Space Jacket.
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Some photos from Istanbul

January 4, 2009

I went to Istanbul with Paul and his parents 27 Sept – 1 Oct, 2008.
Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey
From The Basilica Cistern
Inside the Hagia Sophia
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Cold weekend in Exeter

December 2, 2008

It’s been very cold lately – between 0 and 10 degrees (celsius) during the day – quite unpleasant.

On the weekend Paul and I went to Exeter for Thomas’ house-warming which was lots of fun – but very cold. Thomas wasn’t lying when he said he had a cold house. But there were lots of interesting people there to talk to and I got to see Felicity who I haven’t seen for probably 7 years and Michelle who I met at Thomas’ 30th two and a half years ago has recently had a baby (he is sooo cute) so it was cool to talk to her about that (and cuddle the baby).
Paul, Thomas, Daniel, Felicity in Topsham near Exeter
Paul, Thomas, Daniel and Felicity and I talk a walk around Topsham, a village near Exeter on Sunday.
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Photosynths from Istanbul

October 4, 2008

Below is Paul’s photosynth of photos he took at the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul. Its pretty amazing. To view the photosynth you need to download a plugin but it’s totally worth it!

Below is the photosynth from the library at the Topkapi Palace which is where the Ottoman Sultans lived. I wouldn’t mind a library like this: big and airy and cool, lots of lounges and nice bookcases. You can see the back part of my head from side-on in one photo and Paul’s dad is the guy with a red jumper and a backpack.

More Bath photos: The Roman Baths and the Abbey

September 14, 2008

(I think Paul took all the photos at the Baths, I took some of the photos of the Abbey)
From the Roman Baths:
Roman Baths, Bath, UK
Roman Baths, Bath, UK
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Cornwall, Bath and silly films.

September 14, 2008

On Thursday Paul and I caught a train to Cornwall where we stayed with his parents in the fishing village Polperro. Paul’s Nanna lived there for years (and was married to the harbour master).
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Weekend in Bath

August 28, 2008

What a fun weekend I had!
Me, in Bath
At lunchtime last Thursday I went to a bookshop near my work to look for Persuasion or Northangar Abbey by Jane Austen as these are the novels she set in Bath. I bought Persuasion and started to read it, hoping to finish while there or shortly after. I was worrying a bit while in Bath, as I read Persuasion at every chance I got, and Bath was mentioned but the main action wasn’t happening there (I worried: “Will the book get there while I’m still here?”). The book gets to Bath halfway through the novel (and I was still there at this point) and then stays there!

Paul and I caught a train to Bath on Friday. After dropping off our bags at our hotel we went to the Thermae Bath Spa for a four hour session of spas and steam rooms.
View from our hotel window in Bath
(above, view from the hotel window, below, Paul in front of the hotel)
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