Although we have spent a fair amount of time on New Zealand’s North Island on previous trips, our only stop on the North Island this year was confined to Auckland. Auckland is the country’s largest city and commercial center. It was also the place from which our plane to San Francisco departed (which was the [Read more …]
We ate at 3 different places while visiting the central otago area:
Mt Difficulty where we had a two-dish lunch. Joyce had broiled Gurnard (a mild, flaky, white/greyish fish) with scallops, asparagus and Kalamata olive and tomato salsa was good, but not especially memorable. Tom fared much better with the wonderful griddled [Read more …]
Although we visited New Zealand’s Central Otago primarily for its wineries, we also took a little time to briefly explore some of the region’s sights. Some of the most dramatic sights are impossible to miss. Central Otago’s desert-like mountainous landscape is incredible. You are surrounded by tall, jagged mountains: some sheer rock and others forested. [Read more …]
From reading our blogs, you probably think we are in Melbourne Australia. Well, our blog is there, but our bodies moved a little faster and are in Sydney. Our blogs will eventually catch up. But we couldn’t resist posting one Sydney blog early as it is time-sensitive…one for Sydney New Year’s Eve.
One hears a lot in the news about Oakland California, which is right outside of San Francisco. Murders, protests, etc. But Oakland sometimes get too much of a bad rap. It also has some delightful areas to visit, including around Lake Merritt. And it also has a great museum.
Fleet Week which is held on the first weekend in October, is a big deal in San Francisco. Held every year for the last 35 years, it now attracts more than 1 million people to a celebration that honors the contributions of the United States Armed Forces while simultaneously spurring interchange and understanding between civilians [Read more …]