A welcome mid-pandemic retreat in the mountains of North Carolina

Back in April, when most of the world was in shutdown mode, John and I dreamed of getting out on the road again. Realizing that COVID-19 could not possibly disappear anytime soon, we set our sights on an August retreat that would offer cooler temps and a change of scenery in a safe environment. Our … Continue reading A welcome mid-pandemic retreat in the mountains of North Carolina

New Zealand’s spectacular South Island

Important Note: We were on New Zealand's South Island February 11 through February 25, way before the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic. Since then, we have arrived back in the United States and are sheltering in place, as are millions of others. We started our time in New Zealand’s South Island by flying to Christchurch. … Continue reading New Zealand’s spectacular South Island

On the North Island of New Zealand, the land of the long, white cloud

The Land of the Long White Cloud, or Aotearoa, is the name the indigenous Maori people gave to New Zealand when they landed there, sometime between 1200 and 1300 AD, about 500 years before Captain Cook “discovered” the islands. New Zealand has so much to offer – on the North Island, accompanied by my sister, … Continue reading On the North Island of New Zealand, the land of the long, white cloud

A Tale of Three Cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide

We were fortunate enough to visit several of Australia’s great cities in our six weeks in the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Sydney is the most famous of the three, with its iconic opera house and bay bridge, Melbourne is known for a great coffee culture and its livability, being ranked as the world’s … Continue reading A Tale of Three Cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide