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

Touring the Temple Towns, Part II: Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

We flew from Siem Reap to Bangkok and immediately grabbed a taxi for the one hour drive to Ayutthaya, followed by Sukhothai. This circuit of the temples exposed us to temples old and new, plus lots of local culture and history. The ethereally beautiful tree Buddha in Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Long before the … Continue reading Touring the Temple Towns, Part II: Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

Touring the Temple Towns, Part 1: Siem Reap

We opted to book a taxi to take us on the  5 to 6 hour drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. A flight would have taken us just as long door-to-door, would have cost more, and these flights have a reputation for hitting people up for extra luggage charges at the gate. We booked … Continue reading Touring the Temple Towns, Part 1: Siem Reap