The Art Deco Buildings of Napier, New Zealand

The town was full of vintage cars and people in 1930s dress, the start of the annual Art Deco Festival. Napier, on New Zealand’s North Island, is the ideal place for such a festival. It is a unique place, a whole city of Art Deco architecture. Rebuilding Napier The...

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Books to Read Before You Visit New Zealand

This is the first of what will be an occasional series on “Books to Read Before You Visit…” I always like to prepare for a visit to a new country by reading as much as possible. Not just history and guidebooks, but fiction as well: I find that novels and short stories...

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Understanding Swedish Rune Stones

Wherever you go in southern Sweden you are likely to find rune stones. These ancient Viking stones with their distinctive red patterns and cryptic markings seem to be everywhere. But what are rune stones, and what were they for? What Were Viking Rune Stones?...

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