Koror Island in Palau Micronesia

The island of Palau is the coral capital of Micronesia. The island’s lagoon and its ledges are known particularly for the drift diving and the pelagic fish of its famed Blue Hole and its Blue Corner wall dive. This being said, many of the island’s scenic coral gardens and colorful, tropical reef fish are also [Read more …]

2017 Pinot Noir Tasting in San Francisco: 33% Discount with PROMOCODE AIWF17

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We sure do love wine…especially pinot noir. So what better way to spend a Saturday than tasting pinot noirs? What’s not to like? Each year, San Francisco hosts Pinot Days. This year’s event will take place on November 11, 2017. We loved the event in 2016. And we look forward to the 2017 event [Read more …]

Brisbane’s Northern Sunshine Coast and Noosa

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While we were in Brisbane, we took advantage of a car and drove to the city’s near north coast. This area is called the Gold Coast, and consists of dozens of suburbs and small beach towns that are known primarily for their beach activities, surfing and deep sea fishing. We skipped through the Gold Coast [Read more …]

Driving the King’s Highway to Nadi Fiji

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King’s Highway to Nadi Fiji King’s Highway is to the north shore on this Fiji Island what Queen’s Highway is to the south shore. We drove only about 65 kilometers of this road, beginning in the town of Ba to Nadi (pronounced Nandi). The first leg of this trip, from Ba to the city of [Read more …]

Suva Fiji

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Fiji is another South Pacific dream location. Although we planned to visit three of the archipelago’s 300+ islands, we ended up on only one—the main island of Vitu Levu—in the sake of cutting our total South Pacific trip down from the initially laid out nine weeks to a more manageable seven weeks. After all, how [Read more …]

Our Tonga Resort

Reef Resort Lodge in Tonga On Tonga, we stayed at the Reef Resort on Kapa Island. The Reef Resort is about 30 minutes from the airport. We arranged our transportation to the resort through them. A taxi picked us up at the airport and took us through the town to a boat dock. The boat [Read more …]

French Polynesia: Moorea

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Our South Pacific trip begins in French Polynesia. This French Protectorate consists of 120 islands spread across 1.7 million square miles. Despite its size, it is home to only 270,000 residents. We limited our visit to three of its major islands: Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahito Nui—four if you count the latter’s appendage of Tahiti [Read more …]

Downtown Los Angeles

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Our brief, three-day LA visit ended with a visit to the rapidly reinvigorated downtown LA. Although we planned to visit the increasingly hip Koreatown section, these plans were scotched when we discovered that “Here’s Looking and You”, the hot, new restaurant that we planned to visit, was closed the one evening that we were able [Read more …]

Pasadena California

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Whenever someone says Pasadena to me, I can only think of the song “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena”. We were last in Pasadena California for the Rose Bowl Parade many years ago. If you haven’t experienced this, you should. But this time we were just there as part of a trip to the Las [Read more …]

Return to Nantucket Massachusetts

Pacific National Bank

Since we were already on Cape Cod, we took a fast, hour-long fast ferry (you could also take a 15 minute flight) to traverse the 30 mile stretch from Hyannis to Nantucket. The island, first settled in 1659, became the world’s largest whaling port and one of its most wealthy and progressive towns in the [Read more …]