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Frolicking In The Shire

Lindsey Holdren

February 10, 2013

The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try to go on the earliest tour at 9:30 so that you have the Shire all to yourself for the half the tour!...

Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington

Welcomed with a Middle Earth sign and faux-Dwarvish gateways

Lindsey Holdren

February 3, 2013

The eagle has landed! Bedraggled, exhausted, cranky. And oh so relieved. The weary family of travelers steps off the plane after an overnight and harrowing ride. My mother sums up our familial relief at being released from the confines of airplanes and breaks out the quote of the day: Mom- "My...

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