On one overcast and damp day in New Zealand, Bob and I decided to drive from Rotorua into the countryside for a tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It seemed a good way to make use of a dreary day. Before our tour, we passed a couple of hours at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. Read more
Unique creations in Murano glass are a common sight in every shop around Venice, Italy. On our first full day in that city, Bob and I were given the opportunity to observe how this handmade glass is made using ancient techniques and recipes. Read more
Our walking tours of London, England spanned the course of several days and were split between two different weeks. A visit to Buckingham Palace topped off all the marvelous sights we saw in that world class city that has history dating back to Roman times. Read more
Bob and I had a long list of sights to see in New Zealand and first up was the gannet colony at Muriwai Regional Park just outside of Auckland. Over 2,000 Australasian Gannets make up the colony at Muriwai, which is one of only three mainland gannet colonies in New Zealand. Read more
Way before Bob and I decided to go to New Zealand, I held close to my heart the idea of one day visiting Hobbiton. Just as Frodo’s adventure began when he exuberantly ran from Hobbiton along Gandalf’s Cutting, so our adventure began by entering Middle Earth along that same narrow footpath. Read more
On our last day in Rotorua, New Zealand, there was ample time to enjoy the morning at a leisurely pace before setting off for our next destination, Tauranga. Our hosts at Panorama Country Homestay recommended a visit to nearby Hamurana Springs for a morning amble. Read more
We have dubbed 2022 as “The Year of the Fox”. For several years, we never had occasion to see any foxes, and then this year, we’ve been blessed with 4 separate occasions where we observed, at length, two different adult foxes and then 2 separate litters of kits in Ontario, Canada. Read more
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