This is the eighth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break...
I'm not sure why I haven't mentioned New Zealand yet. It has some of the world's most beautiful landscapes, but I don't feel like my photos do it justice. It's nearly impossible to say anything original about Milford Sound, but named by Kipling* as the eighth wonder of the world, it's certainly a great candidate for this position in my little Friday Fix series.
New Zealand's original inhabitants, the Māori, who still form a massive part of this county's culture, named this place Piopiotahi. It harks back to an ancient legend where they tried to win immortality for mankind. The story goes that when Maui, their hero, died in the attempt, a piopio bird flew here in mourning.
As a nasty twist to end this sad tale, the piopio is now extinct after European settlers brought cats and rats and began to destroy their habitat.
*Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist probably most famous for "The Jungle Book". He was also a great traveller who spent time in India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and even lived here in Devon for a while. To me, he seems like a pretty good person to recommend an eighth wonder.
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