Hobbiton Movie Set

In 1999, Peter Jackson knocked on the door of the Alexander’s home, proposed an idea, and decided that this was where the Hobbiton Movie Set would be created. Now, many years later, it is a phenomenon where hundreds of thousands of tourists and LOTR/The Hobbit fans come visit each year. The set is located near the town of Matamata in the Waikato region of the North Island.

The tour starts as you board a bus, then taken through the farm, heading out to the set. Walking into the Hobbiton Movie Set is like stepping into another world. The Hobbit houses are so life-like you feel like they might open their door and greet you as you walk by. There is so much detail put into each house – some even had washing hanging on the line!

The tour lasts about 2 hours long and as part of it you make a stop at The Green Dragon Inn, which is featured in the LOTR trilogy’s and you receive a complimentary drink exclusively made for Hobbiton.

I recommend either going early morning or late afternoon as it gets very crowed over lunch time. You can book your tickets online through their website here.

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Best Cafes to Try in Paris

Over the past year or so, the coffee culture in Paris has grown immensely. More and more cafes have been opened all around Paris. For coffee addicts like me, it is great to have plenty of options as to where to go. Not only do these cafe’s have great coffee, but awesome food too!

Here is a list of my favourite cafes in Paris.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! x

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Lily of the Valley (photo above)
Tea room + Cakes
12 rue Dupetit Thouars // Metro Stop: Line 3 Temple

Holybelly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Coffee
19 Rue Lucien Sampaix // Metro Stop: Line 5 Jaques Bonsergent

Merci Used Book Cafe
Brunch and Lunch
111 boulevard Beaumarchais // Metro Stop: Line 8 Saint Sébastien Froissart

Claus
Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch
14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau // Metro Stop: Line 1 Louvre Rivolli

La Cafeotheque
Coffee and Cakes
52 Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville // Metro Stop: Line 1 Hotel de Ville or Line 7 Pont Marie

The Broken Arm
Lunch, Cakes and Coffee
12 rue Perrée // Metro Stop: Line 3 Temple

Folks and Sparrows
Lunch, Cakes and Coffee
14 Rue Saint-Sébastien // Metro Stop: Line 8 Saint Sébastien Froissart

Boot
Coffee
19 Rue du Pont aux Choux // Metro Stop: Line 8 Saint Sébastien Froissart

Café Kitsuné
Coffee
51 Galerie de Montpensier // Metro Stop: Line 1 Palais Royal – Musee du Louvre

Odette
Choux a la creme
77 Rue Galande // Metro Stop: Line 3 Saint-Michel, RER B Saint-Michel Notre Dame

Cafe de Flore
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
172 boulevard Saint Germain // Metro Stop: Line 4 Saint Germain des Pres

Pouchkine
Cakes and Pastries
155 avenue de Boulevard Saint-Germain // Metro Stop: Line 4 Saint Germain des Pres
2 rue des Francs Bourgeois // Metro Stop: Line 1 Saint-Paul
64, boulevard Haussmann // Metro Stop: RER A, Line 3, Line 9 Havre – Caumartin

Carrette
Hot Chocolate, Pastries, Lunch and Dinner
4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre // Metro Stop: Line 9, Line 6 Trocadero

10 Belles
Coffee and Cakes
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles // Metro Stop: Line 5 Jaques Bonsergent, Line 2 Colonel Fabien, Line 11 Goncourt

Coutume
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Coffee
47 Rue de Babylone // Metro Stop: Line 13 Saint-Francois-Xavier, Line 10, Line 12 Sevres – Babylone

Telescope
Coffee and Cakes
5 Rue Villedo // Metro Stop: Line 7, Line 14 Pyramids

Lomi
Lunch, Cakes/Pastries and Coffee 
3 ter Rue Marcadet // Metro Stop: Line 4, Line 12 Marcadet – Poissonniers, Line 12 Marx Dormoy

Matamata
Coffee and Cakes
58 Rue d’Argout // Metro Stop: Line 3 Sentier