More Photos from the Great Ocean Road: Explore Australia (Part 2)

The Grotto along the Great Ocean Road in Australia

If my photos from the Great Ocean Road earlier in the week didn’t inspire you to hop on a flight to Australia, maybe the next portion of our journey will. Those were from Torque to Apollo Bay. These are from Apollo Bay to Point Fairy. It was my favourite portion of the Great Ocean Road. […]

Driving the Great Ocean Road: Explore Australia (Part 1)

View from Split Point Lighthouse on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia

Leaving Melbourne Australia, we headed South towards Torquay and the start of the Great Ocean Road. Like our recent road trip in Oregon (USA) we drove slowly, stopping frequently, hiking, looking, photographing, and just taking it all in. Here are a few of the highlights as we drove from Torquay West towards Apollo Bay: Practical Information:  […]

Vibrant Bay of Islands Sunset Fades to Misty New Zealand Morning

Bay of Islands sunset as seen from Russell New Zealand

The deep golden colors of the Bay of Islands sunset are nearly warm enough to allow us forget it is winter in New Zealand. As we waited for the ferry from Russell, New Zealand’s first permanent European settlement and the country’s first colonial capital, we looked out across the water to the west. This is the Bay of Islands sunset that captivated […]

Photo Tour: Cruising into Venice Italy

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 2

Cruising into Venice Italy is one of those magical travel moments. For us, it was several years ago, and we were on the NCL Spirit. We stood at the bow of the cruise ship, and despite the crowds, looking out it was captivating. I shared my photos of Venice from the ship, but for some reason these remained in my […]

Oregon Coast – A Photo Tour of Nature at its Best

Spouting Horn at Cook's Chasm in Cape Perpetua along the Oregon coast in the USA

Far away, yet right at home. It was an odd deja vu feeling as we drove down the spectacular Oregon coast. Nature’s best included cliff tops, blow holes, sea lions, and miles of wild beach. After 13 years living in New Zealand and traveling the world, I rarely feel completely at home, yet I did […]

Astoria: Highlights of Oregon’s Northernmost Coastal Community

Rose River Inn B&B in Astoria Oregon

Astoria sits in the northwest corner of Oregon, at the base of the Columbia River. It is the first permanent settlement on the west coast. It’s an adorable city built around the fishing, lumber and fur industries, yet its main waterway holds many hazards. Astoria was our first overnight stop as we began our adventure driving the […]

Relaxing in Aruba – A Tropical Cruise Port

Palm Beach on the Caribbean island of Aruba

After three days at sea on the Island Princess, our first port was the island of Aruba in the southern Caribbean.  Famous for white sand, blue water and plenty of sunlight, Aruba did not disappoint. The port is right in town and our time here was pretty short, from 7am to noon. We opted to […]

Ninety Mile Beach – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Sunset on 90 mile beach in New Zealand

N is for Ninety Mile Beach . . .  or nice sunset. Practical Information:  Possibly the most famous beach in the country, Ninety Mile Beach is actually only about 60 miles long. Ninety Mile Beach is a road and therefore all road rules apply. (And yes, people do frequently get stuck if they don’t watch the […]

Aupouri Peninsula – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Aupouri Peninsula at the Northern tip of New Zealand

A is for Aupouri Peninsula . . .  or awe-inspiring. Practical Information:  Aupouri Peninsula is the narrow strip of land running approximately 100 km to the north at the upper (northern) end of the North Island of New Zealand. It ranges from 10 – 30 km in width. It shares its name with the local Maori […]

Planning Pacific Northwest Portion and Our USA Adventure

Muir Wood. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker.

We are busy planning a three part epic USA adventure, which starts in less than a month. Part 1 US Highlights:  Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL, West Palm Beach FL. Part 2 Panama Canal Cruise: Adding six countries so it’s actually much more than a USA Adventure. We have ports in Aruba, Columbia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Canada. Part […]

Waiheke Island Beaches, Paradise in New Zealand

Palm Beach - one of many Waiheke Island beaches near Auckland New Zealand

The Waiheke Island beaches, along with the wineries, help to explain why the island made it onto Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Regions to Visit in 2016” list. It had been far too long since our last visit. In fact, I don’t think we ever took the ferry out to the island, but had only visited in the […]

Waiheke Island Wine: Photos from My Favourite Vineyards

Looking down on Cable Bay Vineyard on Waiheke Island outside of Auckland New Zealand

Looking out over the vineyards leading first to olive groves and then to the sparkling blue sea, I am reminded how much I love Waiheke Island. I am not the only one. Lonely Planet included Waiheke Island as number 5 on their worldwide Best in Travel 2016 list. It’s not far. In fact, I can see Waiheke Island from my […]

Stunning Coastal Walk Over Volcanic Rock: Takapuna to Milford

Takapuna to Milford Coastal Walk in Auckland New Zealand

Yesterday was a day made for celebration. It was my birthday, complete with fireworks (It was also Guy Fawkes Day, but I am claiming at least a few of the fireworks). I had my great medical appointment earlier in the week. And it was a perfect spring day for a coastal walk from Takapuna to […]

Bagpipes at a Beach in Auckland, New Zealand

Bagpipes at the beach in New Zealand

Bagpipes were the last thing I expected to hear at a New Zealand beach. The music is distinctive, yet when I turned my head I was surprised to actually see bagpipes.  Well, technically it was just one man and one instrument. The two adorable children were following him everywhere.  I am sure there is a […]

Penguins on the Peninsula of Magdalena in Santander Spain?

The Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander Spain

Santander is full of surprises.  It is another interesting city along the Cantabrian coast of Spain, and the office of Tourism in Santillana Del Mar recommended it as a fun place to visit with great surfing beaches. We were told by others it is popular among the Spanish, sort of a hidden gem with beaches equivalent […]