Afternoon Tea Fit for Royalty at Palm Court in Auckland

Wedgewood china service is standard at Afternoon Tea at Palm Court in the Langham Hotel, Auckland New Zealand

Delicate flavours, elegant ambience, and five-star service define the Afternoon Tea at Palm Court in Auckland’s Langham Hotel. From the moment hubby and I entered, we were treated like royalty. It was a posh Afternoon Tea, and one which we hope to repeat soon. We opted to begin our afternoon tea with a flute of champagne, despite that fact that I am […]

Re-branding this Travel Blog – Please Help Pick the New URL

Royals Racing in Auckland on America's Cup Yatchts

It’s time for re-branding and I need your help. In 2012 I went around the world and this blog followed my travels.  It’s never gone back and now it’s time for a new name to catch up. What you find here now is my travel photography, travel stories, expat escapades and hopefully someday soon, information […]

A Royal Palace: Photos of the Homes of Queens and Kings


Q is for Queen, but today’s photos are about their homes and the gates that surround their Palace.  Each of these structures is unique and different. Masterpieces of their time. Literally, fit for a king. We saw many palaces as we traveled around the world, nearly all from the exterior. Only in Scotland were we premitted inside a […]

Kate and William: Royals Racing Yachts in Auckland NZ

Royals Racing in Auckland

We headed up to Auckland early yesterday to get a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate as they each took the helm of a different Team New Zealand America’s Cup yacht and headed out for some royal racing.  We joined about 2,000 cheering fans as they passed, although I think […]

My Photo with the Queen – Having a Bit of Fun in Bath England

Rhonda and the Queen

Diamond jubilee weekend and I couldn’t resist posing with a silly cardboard of her majesty, just so I could say I had my photo with the Queen. I think it is every little girl’s fantasy, to have their photo with the queen. Since it’s not likely ever going to be a reality for me, I […]

Leicester Square and Hamley’s Toy Store – More London Fun

m&m store

We couldn’t resist the giant M&M store on Leicester Square in central London.  Once inside we found m&ms in 22 colors, plus lots of m&m fun everywhere.   As we were leaving the girls remembered the candy store in Dubai which claimed to be the world’s largest, yet this giant M&M store felt bigger to […]