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Almost to The Shire…

Neither one of us slept worth a darn last night.  Mary had work stuff on her mind and I think I’m excited to be coming home as Ive had the strangest dreams the last several nights… Anyway, we started the … Continue reading

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Geysers, mud pools and hot springs, oh my!

As we are in the geothermal ‘hot bed’ of NZ we visited some of the sights yesterday – it was a rainy, dreary day until late in the afternoon so even with the steam rising from the boiling earth, the … Continue reading

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Mount Doom!

For those who are Lord of The Rings fans today we went to the Tongariro National Park and walked a very short portion of the entire Alpine Crossing that takes you past some of the film sites for Mordor and … Continue reading

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Christmas 2013

We started our morning with continental breakfast in the lounge of the hotel as the restaurant was closed and delivered b-fast to our room the night before.  Then we opened our prezzie from each other and parted ways for a … Continue reading

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The end of south island…

Having a few days in one location is a great opportunity to catch up with the massive amounts of sights we’ve seen and the photos we’ve taken.  Of course, there are WAY more photos than I’ve even attempted to share … Continue reading

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Christchurch

I think I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves.  It’s a heady mix of energy to be in a city recovering from such devastation… The cathedral without the tower… Life – everywhere life and art and creativity and … Continue reading

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Catching up – at least the start of it…

I can’t remember when I last updated so I’m going to start with the Milford Sound Discovery center which was included in our cruise package.  It is a floating observation room 10 meters under the surface.  It is difficult to … Continue reading

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