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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-12 12:23
Subject: [travel] Rotorua to Hamilton, NZ, day twelve - Hobbiton!!!
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This picture pretty much says it all:

Lisa and Jay all asquee in front of the Green Dragon

Lisa Costello and me all asquee in front of the Green Dragon in Hobbiton. On rebuilding the old Lord of the Rings sets for shooting The Hobbit, New Line Cinema had them created in durable materials, and they remain behind fully dressed for the tours. It was a fascinating walk through the movie.

Also, I shot this panorama of Bywater from the old stone bridge. The mill is on the left, the Green Dragon is on the right, the Party Tree is in the distance, center left, and that hill to the right of and behind the mill is Bag End.

Panorama of Hobbiton mill and Green Dragon

Lots, lots more photos to come, bandwidth permitting.

Today we visit the glow worm caves, then drive to Auckland. There's an open dinner in Auckland at 6 pm tonight at Galbraith's. A day of sightseeing in Auckland tomorrow, then we fly home tomorrow evening.

In other news, I continue rather severely ill. It was chilly and damp at Hobbiton. By the time we got to Hamilton, I was cycling through fever and chills, as well as a rather nasty wet chest infection. My GI continues painfully irregular, and my feet are pretty torn up from visiting non-wheelchair accessible sites. I think it's time to go home and rest.

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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User: girasole
Date: 2013-08-12 22:14 (UTC)
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OMG! You were there!
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User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-13 11:16 (UTC)
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I still can't believe you will be in Galbraith's while I am thousands of miles away in Africa. I will raise a pint of Bellringer's Bitter to you when I get home (the local bellringers, of whom my mother is one, drink there and they named a beer after them).

NZ in winter can be hard work (which is why I'm overseas right now). I hope your lungs quickly improve once you are restored to summer.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-08-13 14:36 (UTC)
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I'm so sorry you're feeling so poorly, but I'm delighted you're still able to do all these marvelous things. I look forward to more pictures as you can upload them.
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User: deborahjross
Date: 2013-08-13 15:01 (UTC)
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How very cool. Except for being ill. That stinks. But Hobbiton...
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