Exploring the Great Sand Hills in Saskatchewan

sand dunes, great sand hills ecological reserve, saskatchewan

The first day of summer in Saskatchewan broke rainy and cool with the mercury sitting at 9° Celsius at 10 a.m.  Despite the bleak morning, our spirits were lifted by a candlelit breakfast since the power had been knocked out in Val Marie.  Although we were sad to leave Grasslands National Park, our next destination, Great Sand Hills Ecological Reserve, promised to deliver a unique experience. Read more

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

Western Brook Pond, a Landlocked Fjord in Newfoundland

western brook pond, gros morne national park, newfoundland, canada

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada, is well known for its fjords.  Western Brook Pond is one such fjord that was carved by glaciers and is now shouldered by forests and cliffs.  Because it is landlocked, the long, narrow body of water is referred to as a pond or fjord lake. Read more

Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

florence, italy across river arno

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

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