Venice Wowed Us at First Sight, Italy

Venice Wowed Us at First Sight, Italy

Venice, Italy.

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Our travels to Otorohanga Kiwi House in New Zealand

Our travels to Otorohanga Kiwi House in New Zealand

entrance to otorohanga kiwi house & native bird park, otorohanga, new zealand

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

Our Visit to The Ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland

Our Visit to The Ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland

the hill of tara, county meath, ireland

After finishing our picnic lunch at Newgrange, there was time to make one last stop in County Meath to round out our 2-week stay in Ireland.  Near Skryne, the ancient ceremonial and burial site called The Hill of Tara was worthy of exploration. Read more

Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

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Who wouldn’t want to visit Florence to look upon some of the most famous sculptures in the world:  Michelangelo’s sculpture David, Bartolomeo Ammannati’s Fountain of Neptune, and Donatello’s heraldic lions?  The artistic and architectural heritage of Florence goes far beyond those sculptures and led to this city, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, being called the birthplace of The Renaissance. Read more

San Gimignano the town “with a thousand towers” in Italy

San Gimignano the town “with a thousand towers” in Italy

Image of San Gimignano in Italy

San Gimignano is a well-preserved medieval hill town in the Italian province of Siena that is famous as the town “with a thousand towers”.  Dominating the horizon from its perch, San Gimignano creates an unforgettable skyline complete with its encircling stone walls and towers.  No wonder it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland



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Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, Ireland

An image of Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

A slow tour of the Connemara region in County Galway was our aim after leaving County Mayo.  Its mix of blanket bogs, lakes, mountains and moorlands is reputed to be awe-inspiring and unspoilt, a perfect example of natural beauty.  Bob and I were off the sheets early to an already wet morning, and rain was expected to settle in for the day.  Our route to Ros an Mhil (Rossaveal) was undecided, but we intended to catch a ferryboat at noon, that is until we rounded a corner and were brought up short by the jaw-dropping beauty of Kylemore Abbey. Read more

Our Bird’s-eye View Helicopter Flight Over The Grand Canyon

Our Bird’s-eye View Helicopter Flight Over The Grand Canyon

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Bob and I had planned our trip to the Grand Canyon so that our helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon was on the first morning after we arrived, hoping that it would give us a great overview of the landscape before we set off on foot to explore it. Read more

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