Summer now! North is South and East seems to be West! The Alps go from North to South and not from East to West! The cold winds come from the South and the houses are facing North to the sun ... The names to most locations are in Maori and sound like an invention to me. The air smells clean the water is prestine. Countless waterfalls leave thier gushing traces in the landscape. Wine and fruit ripen on their trees, the crayfish was the best lobster I ever ate. A smile from the imigration officer, a helping hand at the bus, a welcoming kindness everywhere. And then there are the Remarkables, a mountain range they couldn't find a better name than this! What else can I say so I let my photos speak and Tolkien, who's fabolous book Lord of The Rings was filmed mostly here.
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.
You certainly usually find something, if you look,
but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.
You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet,
there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all;
but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness,
nor the arrow for its swiftness,
nor the warrior for his glory.
I love only that which they defend.”
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places;
but still there is much that is fair,
and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief,
it grows perhaps the greater.”
ANTIPODES (/ænˈtɪpədiːz/; from Greek: ἀντίποδες, from anti- "opposed" and pous "foot")
Those people, who living on the other side of the globe, have their feet directly opposite to ours.