“The Sights of Wellington Panoramic Drive” pointed out that Wellington is the Capital of New Zealand; nicknamed the Windy City”; situated on several faults; has hills like San Francisco and sports English style chimney pots.
There were many hairpin bends as our bus climbed one of the hills to see the …

25 January 2015  Uncategorized

An earthquake leveled the town in   1931, so this “Miami Beach of the Southern Hemisphere” was rebuilt with art deco-style buildings.  From Hawke’s Bay our bus drove inland through Havelock, a lovely village tucked into the surrounding hills; stopped for us to sample huge strawberries at the Strawberry Patch; and …

19 January 2015  Uncategorized

New Zealand is adamant in restricting foreign plants, seeds and any food from the ship to shore including sandwiches and fruit.  Sometimes the food sniffing beagles with their handlers were at the disembarking gangplank and other times they were in the port building.
While Kathy toured Rotorua, where geothermal geysers and …

10 January 2015  Uncategorized

“Welcome to the South Pacific and the Land Down Under.” boomed the Captain’s voice over the intercom as Kathy, my MT nurse daughter, and I ate our welcoming lunch on the Lido deck of the Statendam Cruise ship which would be our home foe next fourteen days.
(earlier) Auckland, NZ – …

4 January 2015  Uncategorized

Our last four days were filled with sightseeing in and around St. Petersburg which included Peter and Paul Fortress; Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer residence with 150 fountains and the Hermitage with one of the largest art collections in the world.  A fitting culmination of our Cruise – Tour of …

28 December 2014  Uncategorized

Day 10 – Kizhi  Island in the middle of Lake Onega is not only one of the most ancient sites of habitation in Russia, it also hosts a huge open air architectural museum.  I joined the slower paced walking group to see over 80 wooden monuments from grave markers to …

21 December 2014  Uncategorized

Day 8 -   We continued our Discoveries in the Golden Ring (an arc of cities where magnificent pieces of Russia’s past have been preserved) with a stop at Yaroslavl.
Instead of visiting yet another Cathedral, we were bussed to a Valenki factory which manufactured a variety of felt winter boots.  From …

7 December 2014  Uncategorized

Day 6   Embarkation day on the “Tiki Don” as we started our cruise on the Volga River and continued through canals, lakes and other rivers on the Volga-Baltic waterway to St. Petersburg.  Every day featured some kind of Discovery in addition to port talks and the scenic beauty we were …

30 November 2014  Uncategorized

Days 1 – 4  Once we were in Moscow, Kathy visited the tourist sites which I had already seen when I went to the Soviet Union in 1986 with Grandmothers for Peace.  These included the Kremlin with its red brick crenelated walls and 15th century towers; the State Armory filled …

19 November 2014  Uncategorized

The 2nd day in Kiev we visited the Lavra (Caves Monastery). another UNESCO site. with many “onion – domed” museums on several levels.  In the 11th century, several “holy men settled in these caves and were joined by other healers and hermits.
The highlight of our Kiev visit was having dinner …

9 November 2014  Uncategorized
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