St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes



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St. John’s, Newfoundland is a Feast for the Eyes

an image of a ship docked in St. John's harbour, Newfoundland, Canada

Maritime weather might be foggy and rainy, more likely freezing with severe Nor’westers and dastardly blizzards in winter, but everyone agrees that St. John’s, Newfoundland is a feast for the eyes despite the climactic conditions.  Colourful facades light up any day no matter the time of year. Read more

Our time among the Romantic Loire Valley Castles in France



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Our time among the Romantic Loire Valley Castles in France

Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France

Having left the hustle and bustle of Paris behind, Bob and I next planned to spend a few days in the countryside.  On our list of must-sees were some of the  Loire Valley Castles such as Château de Chenonceau, seen above, as well as Monet’s Garden in Giverny and a tour of the Palace of Versailles. Read more

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



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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

Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire in New Zealand



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Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire in New Zealand

An image of a hobbit hole with a yellow door and a wooden fence with a gate out front of it at Hobbiton, in New Zealand. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Way before Bob and I decided to go to New Zealand, I held close to my heart the idea of one day visiting Hobbiton.  When we viewed the movie, The Hobbit, I fell in love with the whimsical Hobbit Holes that Bilbo Baggins and Frodo called home.  The dome-shaped dwellings captured the imagination of my inner child, and the seemingly utopian bucolic lifestyle struck a chord with me. Read more

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins on Salisbury Plain



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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



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

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Our drive north from Lower Sabie Rest Camp brought us to one of the most popular lookouts in Kruger National Park, Nkumbe Viewpoint.

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Our grape escape, helping with the grape harvest in Tuscany



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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



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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



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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

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