New Zealand Adventure 2020

Sort of. Most of the roads in downtown Auckland were destroyed which made walking or driving a challenge. Instead of taking a walk, I decided to enjoy High Tea. There are various kinds of tea, I chose Elderberry and Apple infusions, four-finger sandwiches; salmon, egg salad, ham & cheese and chicken curry puff. I don’t do curry. There are three mini scones with lumpy cream and various mini cakes. Everything is delicious. I decided to sleep a little before deciding to eat dinner.

Thirteen hours later, at five in the morning, the sleeping beauty that woke up refreshed and ready to leave. But I could not head to the port until around noon. So I headed to the business center to print my luggage label. For Apple users, Microsoft is a real challenge. After being denied access repeatedly, I was finally able to find the Hal website. Then that is the lesson in using a printer. What I found is that I can still think about it. Next is a buffet breakfast with everything I enjoy in the morning and more. Head to the rooftop pool and deck and enjoy watching all the male exercise beans and gaze across the city to the harbor.

A taxi costs $ 25nz and takes forty-five minutes. The pier is no more than four blocks from the hotel. Such is the construction in Auckland. I see more people with daily vests and hard hats than pedestrians.

Arriving at the dock I walked right on the boat. Never has smoother embarkation. Lower my baggage and go to Lido for a good salad and meet a couple who sailed with Mother. Mother is from Salt Lake and the rest is from Arkansas. From what they say, I don’t think they have ever been home. I think I travel a lot but not even close. Same with my dinner friends Rob, Sandy and Bill. This is one of the things I like about sailing, comparing ports, and sharing experiences.

Tomorrow will be our first port, Bay of Islands.…

Adventure White Water Rating in Bali Indonesia

White water rafting can be an exciting way to experience the adventure that is white water rafting Bali. From the grand scale of many of the rafting trips to the intricate white water rafting guides, it is easy to see why white water rafting is one of the most exciting types of outdoor adventure.

The first step in planning a white water rafting trip is to decide exactly what type of adventure you want to do. If you want to sail the largest stretch of white water rapids in the world, the best bet is to go on a smaller and less strenuous trip. A smaller trip can be just as exciting.

The next step is to take a trip to a location that is friendly to people of all ages and all abilities. Many people do not want to go rafting on a big white water rapids run by a guide that is not their personal safety and professional expertise.

Roping in the area where you plan to go rafting can make the trip more relaxing and safe for everyone. Roping can be the perfect way to enjoy the best that white water rafting Bali has to offer.

Most of the rafting trips start out with you riding your raft for a few miles through the Bali province. This makes it easy to acclimate yourself to the waters and allows you to learn how to deal with rapids and the techniques that you will need to learn.

Roping in Bali is also fun because there are many trails where you can go rafting. The distances between trails and the areas where you can go rafting are unique. It is important to go with a knowledgeable guide on any white water rafting trip to ensure you are making the right choices for your trip.

Depending on the location, you go rafting in Bali, you can see lava flows or see the beauty of snow capped mountains in the Bali valley. In many cases the terrain is flat and picturesque. A guide can explain to you the nuances of the white water activity and how to use the equipment.

A great white water rafting guide can also offer specific white water rafting tips that will help you enjoy the trip more and help you prepare for the whitewater conditions. Many of the tips offered can be easily learned and applied in the whitewater adventure of your choice.

Once you get out on the rapids on the trip, the white water rafting Bali. Guide can make things even more exciting. They can start the group on a route of white water rapids that you can try. Some guides offer an …

Why you must make Alcudia your next holiday stop in Mallorca Read more

Just because the lush and lush city of Alcudia is only 24 square miles (60 square kilometers) which has no influence on how many of these beautiful ports and ancient cities in the lower islands, can offer holiday makers.

You can find it, as the Romans did, in northern Mallorca about an hour or so from Mallorca, the capital city of Palma. Of course it doesn’t have drunken Magaluf nightlife – fortunately. Instead it is home to beautiful landscapes, lots of heritage (history books cite Bronze Age populations), beautiful family-friendly beaches and sensational art destinations that call for discoveries.

Explore the old city of Alcudia
The Moors arrived there in the 9th century and lived for 300 years. They named this ancient hilltop city “Al-Qudya” which means hill in Arabic.

They were defeated by King James I in 1298. But King James II designed the quadrangle-shaped fortress of the 14th century. The 6m high walls are still intact and make beautiful walks giving a rooftop rooftop and private terrace. 1.5 km in length is decorated with 26 towers and two gates – Porta de Xara and Porta de Mallorca – which have been declared as National Monuments.

Medieval wall in the Old City
They almost surrounded the dense old city whose ancient winding streets were surrounded by sandstone architecture that looked most beautiful in the golden afternoon sun. Inside there are various old-fashioned shops and restaurants.

Ajuntament d’Alcúdia (City Hall) in the area of ​​Calle Mayor
You are bound to pass the white whitish Ajuntament d’AAlcúdia (City Hall) and its beautiful golden clock tower in the Calle Mayor area.

Alcudia has a family-friendly beach
Alcudia has an unusually wide soft sandy beach on the Platja d’Alcúdia and is one of the longest on the island. This is ideal for young families because the beaches around here have convincing shallow waters, especially by Playa De Muro. But it also offers hidden coves and impressive cliffs that feature 14 km along the journey to Can Picafort. For children, there is a fun themed water park on the water’s edge, go-karts, and crazy golf.

Roman city of Ciudad de Pollentia
Located close to the Bahía de Pollensa and Bahía de Alcudia, and close to the old city of Alcudia are the remains of the Roman capital of the Balearic Islands. It was called Ciudad de Pollentia (which means city of power, a name that gives insight into how the Romans viewed themselves).

It has been years of excavation to uncover extraordinary ruins covering 12 hectares from the 1st century BC. Most are easy to distinguish and each segment has an information board to help juices the imagination bring up a visual of …

Beautiful Bryce

You know what they say, travel is about learning. I think it’s fair to say that we have all learned something here at Bryce Canyon …

… the girls have learned about patience – nobody tortures Australian children as much as driving miles and miles of pure snow only to be repeatedly told that they cannot go out and play in them because there is no place to attract more .

… we’ve all learned about fatigue – nothing is so aerobically challenging when transporting yourself through thigh-high snow powder at 9,000 feet.

… Geoff has learned about zippered pockets and how they prevent you from losing important things.

… and we’ve all learned a little too much about stress … when you combine items two and three above.

A tip for all travelers – the 3 feet of powdered snow that you just passed for 20 minutes, the isolated national park and the lost car rental key are NOT a good combination for a happy and harmonious family vacation. Also add this ill-fated mix: locked cars, rapidly decreasing cellphone batteries and starving children (whose lunches are in locked cars), and you might begin to understand why I now consume strong G&T.

But as they say in the classic “everything was fine it ended well”, “like finding a car key in the snow field” and “my wife is a bloody legend”, after about an hour searching for our tracks (some of which were about half one meter deep) the cheeky key was found. Father was punished with an embarrassing road combined with about 20 pre-made snowballs, and we all heaved a sigh of relief … an alternative plan for a tow truck, a 50-mile trip to Cedar Springs and a replacement vehicle narrowly avoided. I believe the words “I’ve found them” have never been welcomed so well !!

Back to my original title and what we’re really here for – beautiful Bryce. We are speechless with the beauty of the place, the red rock formations adorned with snow and miles of thick snow in a beautiful pine tree environment … well, before you lose the key … not too pure after that I say !!

We have spent two days enjoying the amazing view and I believe we have truly beaten the children – it seems that hours are wasting time in taking snow from you! Who knows?! This is a fitting farewell to the snowy part of the trip.

The park is almost devoid of visitors and the surrounding cities are completely deserted, but we cannot believe that everyone has lost this place (except…


Hmm well, they say that you have to experience it once … so I’m glad it’s finished. Cannot say that we enjoyed the Vegas experience, despite seeing two extraordinary performances. The whole atmosphere is … um, it’s hard to say in words … weird, tacky, fake, above … it’s just not my kind of place. Part of what makes it unattractive is the mass of people everywhere … I kind of understand why people like it, but I am not one of them !!

But we always come here for shows – the ‘O’ and ‘Cirque du Soleil Tournaments’ and both are fantastic! We were in the ‘Dragon’ section for T of K, so we had to cheer for baddie – the whole interactive experience, from eating medieval food with our hands (which surprisingly Eloise barely ate, despite the constant challenge to make him use cutlery with every other meal!), to the battle between the knights on their horses. Not to spoil the end, but predictably, good wins over evil and our people lose, but not before an epic battle involving horses, dragons, fire … and some open-mouthed children.

Tonight’s performance is very different in tempo and audience participation – visually spectacular and extraordinary – we just don’t know where to look, there’s so much going on. The players use the giant pool in the middle of the stage to spin, dive, over and over again, it’s really amazing to watch.

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Unfortunately, with the evening shows, we had to fill the days somehow so we ventured into the casino for a little look – Circus Circus was fun with arcade games and Eloise and Geoff liked the roller coasters in New York New York. Venice is just weird (but the gelato is as expensive as St Marks, but not as good), The Flamingo is a bit random, but we enjoyed the fountain show at Bellagio. I was less enticed by the $ 2 examination offer from a ‘self-taught gynecologist’ in the corner … unfortunately I had to pass it twice on a very successful shopping mission! At least I managed to inject some serious cash into the economy without a penny through pokie!…

Lille, France

Walking distance from Lille Europe station to Gare Midi is through a new architectural zone that fills the 19C / 20C building on the street with the station.

It was rather noisy at night at our hotel near the station, an establishment named, ironically, Hotel Calm.

Our first surprise attack took us along shopping streets to the Opera where we ordered tickets for a quartet that played early music the following night.

When night fell, there were a large number of armed police, motorcycle police, vans and armored hardware, men and women in riot gear by Beaux Arts Square, we retreated from there beer, dropped off at the bar near the station before leaving again to Assiette du Marché, a magnificent restaurant that was once a mint town in the past at La Rue de la Monnaie

Lunch at a nearby Italian canteen is fun with a self-serve system using a ‘bright plastic pager donut’ that you store until they buzz and light up to let you know that your meal is ready. Because we have a lot of warm salads processed in the pedestrian shopping street: eight in formation each with a machine gun sub …..

We found a Pylones store, an outlet that we are familiar with buying from in Angouleme. Bright colors, luxurious, unique and fun novel designs.

Further a walk around the old city reveals a series of old properties decorated in terracotta and mustard-colored paint painted directly on bricks and sandstone We had an afternoon break at Elizabeth Tea Shop. Earl Gray and Millionaire Shortcake asked local residents to queue at the door.

The to the Opera where the foyer of the upstairs show has just been renovated. Large crystal chandelier. Nymphs on the ceiling are turquoise and pink. The music is well played by the German quartet from Dresden. Cellist doesn’t have spikes. Played, I think, like contemporary instrumentation of violence for music.

We saw a bar opposite the Opera to eat, serve drinks, bistros, and sell lingerie / corsets … ‘le Moulin d ‘Orr’.

So we ended up having dinner at Le Meunier Resto Bar. The waitresses were friendly enough in the large bar which was quite empty. I enjoy chicken in gray onions with linguine.

The price was comparable to our food in the Charente countryside.


Half an hour drive from Lille to Brussels.

Four stops on the Red metro line to the Porte de Namur station, right next to the Chambord Hotel.

Walk down Rue de Numar. Coffee at TICH, cool kids vegetarian big orders at the shared counter. Opposite a similar café called JAT. Then to the Musical Instrument Museum. Horta Building ‘Old England’. Cast iron structure glued with roomy nuances. The dark rooms are full of the most extensive collections I have ever seen …. far better than Berlin, and more spacious and better presented than the Finnish Museum in Turku. Not too many African items, no mini piano etc. But the environment is amazing. The brass section is dominated by Sax family experiments with trumpet and reed instruments. Saxhorns include ‘trombone’ with seven bells and six valves. If I were sax with oboe like a double reed. Many tubal variants are as high as the player.

Also glass harmonica based on a hand cranked spindle mounted with a set of glass bowls set, and a piano-sized gurdy girdy with many rotating bows operated by a piano keyboard. Northumbrian Pipe.

Eat a Caesar salad with jumbo shrimp in a fabulous roof top restaurant with glass partout. Impressive views of the city, chimney pots and Mont Art. Finish visiting by looking at the keyboard and mechanical instruments.

Then go to Grand Square, Mannekin Pis and his female partner Jeanneke Pis.

A bear and wine at Cirio Bar descends from Grand Square. Sitting next to a club, each member brings a small dog. Waiters with thick or round necks, all male, in vests, white shirts and black trousers. Drink a bottle of conditioned Westhalle dubbel beer, made by the Trappist monks.

Then go home via Metro to rest, before going to the trendy, quiet Italian shop / restaurant, Ars Vinorum near the hotel. I have gnoccetta with lentils, saussice and salsa. Very good. More expensive than Lille.

The second day we walked to the Magritte Museum. Public entrances lead to a number of Beaux Arts museums. You then go down to the ground floor and move to the new building opposite the MIM.

Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and exhibit based on the timeline of Magritte’s life. What surprised me was that he painted in various styles throughout his life. Only late in Brussels, removed from surrealist colleagues that he began to use the sky, bowler hats, pipes, pigeons, apples and paradoxes of light during the day / night.

There is a pair of key pages of the exercise book in which he writes the basics of his work exploring the exchange of images, words, reality and representations of reality.

Another disclosure, for …

A Six Month Odyssey

We won’t eat overnight considering the amount of lunch we have, but I start peckish around 8 … I do have half a taco.

He will not have anything. He is still full from lunch. The riad does cook food but you must give notice in advance. The cook can make some cous cous ups if that’s ok. I was very happy with it and it turns out Shane, who won’t have anything tonight because he’s still chockers from lunch! Honestly, both of these meals were terrible and included salad and 2 tagous cous cous and lovely vegetables and lamb.

We have an extraordinary day today exploring the city and its outer regions. The beautiful park here behind the city, Perdicaris Park, is owned by a US diplomat, Ion Perdicaris, who built a house on 70 hectares in 1872. He was kidnapped in 1924 and after being released, he and his wife left Tangier to return. to the US. The property now belongs to the state of Moroccon. The story on the sign in the park tells a different story. It was said that his wife was seriously ill living in the city, and after spending a long time living in the country, he became naturally healthy again. He was very grateful that he donated his wealth to people before he left for the United States.

Mmmm …. I know which explanation I am leaning on.

Grottes d’Hercule, or Cave of Hercules! According to Greek mythology, this is where Hercules rested after he separated Africa from Europe !! Inhabited for more than 7000 years, the caves were used as quarried quarries, even as far as the Phoenicians! The picture where the sea comes out of the cave is amazing and looks like a reverse map of Africa itself!

Our guide today, Achraf, is a wonderful man, and the locals in Tangier. You can’t put a price on the places he brought in Medina today. “Come here,” he gestured gently outside the small door, “you will not believe what you can see here …”. As we followed him down a small, dark, narrow, open-air staircase, and we saw an old man below us, placing and removing bread from a wood oven that was pushed far into the wall. This is a general oven! When we went down to him, he welcomed us warmly and continued his business. He has been doing this for 47 years. Nobody was asked to cook. A man came to get a tray of biscuits he bought to cook earlier, and offered us one of the trays. That is dangerous. Another woman came to collect the bread she had been to before, but was not ready. He …

London to Singapore and Woes Dental

Plan for 2020 – London – Singapore – Krabi / Ao-Nang – Ko Lanta – Ko Muk – Ko Lipe – Langkawi – meet Gill back in Singapore – Melaka – KL – Penang – Singapore and home.

It’s time to depart again, after holding on until November to see if I get a job, no, so amuse myself with a LOT by booking flights to Singapore, returning on March 6. The cheapest flight is Royal Brunei, but it is not ready to compromise by putting money into the homophobic economy, and cannot face long stops somewhere in China, BA said, ordering in December, 4 months slower than last year and far more expensive. The price looks OK but now the luggage needs to be added separately, a sneaky trick. The price of their seat selection has also gone up a lot, especially for 2 shared seats on the side, now an additional £ 72 one way!

So the morning of departure began very, very badly, with the inlay flying out of my teeth. There were no numbers (which should say I was in pain but honest) or googling the emergency dentist produced one on Sunday, so I felt quite depressed towards Heathrow with inlay in my handbag and a big hole in my teeth, hoping that I could find someone to saw me in Singapore first before having to return to the airport for 12. Google found three possibilities at the Clarke Quay shopping center, opened at 9, 9.30 and 10. I intend to try it in sequence, hoping they will be able to put it back together. If not, it will be far more complicated and must be done in Thailand. Gulp! I was quite hopeful that they would ask for volunteers to resign due to excess orders so that I could go home and see my dentist myself. No luck like that! I. It should have an emergency dental kit in Boots, which in theory should have let me put it back in a while but won’t use it unless I’m desperate. We leave on time and I have an empty seat next to me, always a bonus. When I got there there was a man next to me, the only one sitting in the entire backside, but he was wearing crutches and in the middle seat, so the flight attendant came and moved him. I am very happy! However, it was the coldest flight I have ever visited. Luckily I ordered an extra blanket. Everyone is wrapped up. I asked for the heat to turn on and they said it was hot but froze. People keep wearing their coats!

I took MRT to the city, even …