Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting


Australian Wines The annual Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting recently came to San Francisco. It took place at the pretty, The Pearl in the Dogpatch area. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and sample a wide range of Australian wines from most of the country’s dozens of wine regions—many of [Read more …]

Highlights of the South Pacific Islands: From Polynesia to Micronesia in Two Months


Two months is barely enough time to scratch the surface of traveling through a huge, spread-out and diverse region that consists of hundreds of inhabited islands, thousands of uninhabited islets and hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. Transportation is challenging. Some destinations are served by only one or two flights per week and [Read more …]

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 …]

Snorkeling in Palau, Micronesia


We primarily came to Palau Micronesia to snorkel and to experience some beautiful water scenery. We took two all-day kayaking and snorkeling tours by Sam’s Tours. These took us through, around and under two of ecologically richest stretches of the 200+-island Rock Island chain of uninhabited islets. These tours focused on different bays within the [Read more …]

Chuuk Island’s Historic WWII Sites

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Chuuk Island WW II Sites on Land Our last blog talked about Chuuk Island’s underwater WW II sites. But a lot of relics still remain on the land. The above-ground sites, many of which were destroyed of damaged by U.S. bombs during the two days (February 17 and 18) of “Operation Hailstone”. Weno Island sites [Read more …]

Chuuk Island, Micronesia

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Chuuk Island, also known as Truk Island is a relative spec of a Micronesian island that played a big role in World War II. Captured by the Japanese shortly after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, it served as a major Japanese Naval base through most of the war. Then, in 1944, it became the [Read more …]



Travelling between places in the South Pacific is not easy. After leaving the Goreka Festival in Papua New Guinea, our next destination was Chuuk Island in Micronesia. But as they say in New England, you can’t get there from here. Chuuk Island only has 2 flights a week and neither were a direct flight from [Read more …]

Exploring Goroka, Papua New Guinea


We spent most of our time in Goroka (Papua new Guinea or PNG) at the Goreka Festival (see our 2 blogs on this colorful event) . While there, however, we also had time to explore the streets and to explore a few of the city’s and the region’s sites. J.K. McCarthy Museum The J.K. McCarthy [Read more …]

More Entertainment from the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea


Our last blog presented only a partial glimpse into the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea. With over 100 various tribes coming together for a transitional sing-sing…all in traditional costumes and body paint—we felt this deserved many more photos of the incredible two days we spent there. So to continue on our review of the [Read more …]

Festival Season Goroka-style


Goroka, Papua New Guinea The town of Goroka in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is part of the original German colony. It, was and still is a major coffee growing and agricultural area. It also has some of the richest clay deposits. These deposits have been exploited for millennia by the famed Asaro Mudmen tribe who [Read more …]