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On Saturday we did something I think there should be far more of – we went on a long walk with nowhere particular in mind. Across the Harbour Bridge, round and about Blues Point eventually arriving totally by accident at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability.

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I can’t believe I grew up on the north side and had no idea this place existed. It is totally rad. Amazing views in a hodge podge of old buildings and with the tunnel of the coal loader open to wander through.

Until the end of this weekend it will be showing the North Sydney Art Prize. You should go, lots of fun art outside and inside in a lovely setting. We also scored free wine but that might not permanently be on offer – there is however a cute cafe.

Walking through the spooky coal loader tunnel was the highlight.

But the art was pretty great too, love these little worms.

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These brass seedlings in pomegranate pots were quite sweet too.

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And what’s not to love about this!?

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If you have spare time this weekend I would definitely recommend this. If you don’t then add it to the diary for next year?


The Tycho Brahe Planetarium is mainly designed for children, but is worth a visit if – like me – you’re a Tycho fan (and it’s free, always a bonus). The building sits on a gorgeous lake in the centre of Copenhagen. It also shows 3D films, will definitely catch one of these next time.

Outside of planetarium

 

 

Isn’t that an awesome looking building? For those who are interested, there is a pretty awesome if rather small shop in here.

Ceiling in planetarium

The ceiling inside is pretty special too. Tycho with his brass nose and drunken moose would no doubt approve.


Boekenberg is one of Antwerp’s best kept little secrets. A totally natural outdoor pool in a park just a short bike ride from the centre (for a listing of other lovely pools in Belgium, see here).

It gets quite busy, so to balance the numbers of people swimming vs how the natural system can cope with cleaning the water, there is a countdown of people allowed in at any time. Your maximum time in there is about 45 minutes, but nothing to stop you going back in of course. As this is Belgium there are also change rooms and lockers (bring a euro coin to use these).

Entry

 

 

 

 

The pool itself is very natural – a little mossy, and with the freshest of water. I’d almost say you could drink it but that is probably not advised.

Pool view

 

The filtration system is “natural” – meaning that the water runs through a series of feeder ponds.

 

Filtration system



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