In the footsteps of Gollum at Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

In the footsteps of Gollum at Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

An image of Tawhai waterfalls in Tongariro National Park on the North Island, in New Zealand. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

While in New Zealand, we had a real mixed bag of weather conditions.  Our time spent in Mt. Tongariro National Park was under grey skies for the most part with driving rain, snow, sleet or hail.  Our hopes of hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing were dashed owing to strong winds, so we made the best of things and opted for some other scenic hikes, one of which was the Tawhai Falls Walk. Read more

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins on Salisbury Plain

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins on Salisbury Plain

An image of several stone pillars holding up lintel stones on one side of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

After spending a few days in London, England, taking in several of the well known sights, Bob and I, with our teenaged son, escaped to the peaceful countryside just outside of Salisbury.  On a misty morning befitting a visit to the spiritually significant standing stones, we arrived to find Stonehenge hauntingly empty of anyone but ourselves. Read more

Our visit to Nkumbe Lookout above the savannah in Kruger National Park

Our visit to Nkumbe Lookout above the savannah in Kruger National Park

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nkumbe lookout, kruger national park, south africa

Our drive north from Lower Sabie Rest Camp brought us to one of the most popular lookouts in Kruger National Park, Nkumbe Viewpoint.  There, a simple thatched structure is constructed on a high ridge giving an unparalleled view of the striking lowveld savanna that spreads to the horizon. Read more

Our grape escape, helping with the grape harvest in Tuscany

Our grape escape, helping with the grape harvest in Tuscany

jean holds grapes at il colombaio di cencio vineyard, gaiole in chianti, itay

During our several night stay at Il Colombaio di Cencio Vineyard near Gaiole in Chianti, Italy, Bob and I enjoyed a leisurely pace where we set our own schedule.  The morning after a day trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cinque Terre, we awoke to a subtle clangor emanating from the sleepy, sun-drenched vineyard.  Soon after, we found ourselves helping with the grape harvest in Tuscany. Read more

Our Stay at a Vineyard Retreat near Gaiole in Tuscany

Our stay at a vineyard retreat near Gaiole in Tuscany

laneway to the Cottage at Il Colombaio di Cencio, Gaiole, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, 10

Bob’s and my sense of adventure was high the day we set off from Rome into the rural region of Tuscany.  After picking up our rental vehicle at the airport, beneath damp, grey skies, we negotiated the ring road out of Rome and soon found ourselves scooting along narrow country roads that would lead us to our farmhouse retreat at a winery near Gaiole. Read more

Among the beauty of Monument Valley

Among the beauty of Monument Valley

Monument Valley at sunset near northern Arizona and southern Utah, USA
After spending the early part of an afternoon at Mesa Verde National Park where we were enthralled with the Puebloan cliff dwellings, Bob and I made plans to arrive back at Monument Valley in time for the sunset.  Not a minute was wasted in order to achieve our goal.  The time was tight, but traffic was light, road construction closed up for the night, and our gas tank was full.  Monument Valley here we come! Read more

Reflections on our Travels to Rome

Reflections on our Travels to Rome

Rome Italy Skyline

In August 2015, Bob and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary so we wanted to further mark the occasion with a memorable trip.  Never having visited Italy, we figured that a jaunt to the city of Rome would be a good place to start our 3-week vacation.  After all, it is considered amongst the top ten romantic cities in the world. Read more

Dunluce Castle a renowned ruins in Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle A Renowned Ruins In Northern Ireland

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After waking up to a damp and foggy morning, Bob and I postponed our plans to drive directly to the Giant’s Causeway, in Northern Ireland.  We thought a tour of the Bushmills Distillery would provide a great distraction while we waited for the skies to clear and that it would brace us for the day ahead, but frequent stops to take in the daunting sights along the Causeway Coast caused a substantial delay.  On one headland of that inspirational coastline, we discovered the dramatic ruins of Dunluce Castle. Read more

Our walk on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Our walk on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

An image of Bob standing on the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.  Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Bob and I arrived in Northern Ireland a day earlier under rainy skies that persisted into the following morning and dampened our hopes for a clear day to visit the Giant’s Causeway.  In light of the inclement weather, we chose to tour the Bushmill’s Distillery en route as a means of killing a couple of hours, and lo and behold, by the time we drove a little further east to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rain had stopped. Read more

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