Posts from Abroad

Woolshed and jetty at Wilson Bay Farm The Queen Charlotte Track and the Pelorus Mail boat - After a hearty breakfast, I packed up and left about 9am. Today was a risk as the distance to my Airbnb was a guess I hoped was correct. In theory, it was halfway between Punga Cove and Portage. The sun shone as I followed Endeavour Inlet the 11kms round to Punga Cove Resort. Across farmland… Continue reading →
Weather is clearing over Endeavour Inlet! Road trip to the Top of the South - Drizzling rain accompanied me on the first part of my drive to Wellington. However, I was on a road trip and nothing could dampen my spirit (excuse the pun!) to my much loved Top of the South. By the time I reached Hunterville and a coffee stop, there were bright periods with intermittent squally showers… Continue reading →
Artist's palette at Orakei Korako Silica terraces, High Tea and lakeside walks - Over recent weeks, I have hosted Canadian, German and French ladies from 5W (Women Welcoming Women Worldwide). This is an international friendship organisation which provides members with a network of like-minded people to contact when travelling around the world. Members may offer hospitality in the form of a bed for the night or suggest meeting… Continue reading →
Morning tea view of Mt. Ruapehu A trip down memory lane - When I am not travelling, I hike most Wednesdays with the Taupo Tramping Club (tramping being the New Zealand term for hiking). Located in the Central North Island, Taupo is a town on the edge of a lake of the same name. At the other end stand three volcanoes; Mts. Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Our… Continue reading →
Tiered roof of Wat Mai From Buddist Lent to an animist Baci ceremony - Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. The town boasts a copious number of old colonial buildings many of which have balconies and brightly painted shutters adorning them. There is an abundance of intricately decorated and gilded temples with one on almost every street corner. Some portray paintings of Buddha and… Continue reading →

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