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Wonderful (and winey!) Waiheke

Kia ora travel friends! I’m beginning this post with a traditional New Zealand Maori greeting, taught to our Classic Journeys group by our guide Kreig which means “Be well/healthy”. That seems appropriate as we head into the weekend. Fellow travelers Rob and Cheryl That morning we boarded our second boat of the trip, a ferry…
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Travel writing in strange and difficult times

Everyone’s world has turned upside down in the last two weeks. Nothing is the same. We’re all dealing with the impact of COVID-19 in different ways. I stopped writing my blog posts about our trip to New Zealand. I was torn about what I should do. My plan for 2020 had been to transition from…
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Exploring the “City of Sails” Viaduct Harbour-February 23, 2020

The Classic Journeys group gathered in the hotel lobby and, after introducing ourselves and meeting our guide Kreig (pronounced Craig), our first day together commenced. Auckland skyline by sea (photo Judie Mraz) Auckland is one of the few cities in the world to have a harbor on each of two separate major bodies of water.…
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On to Auckland-February 22, 2020

The flight from San Francisco to Auckland was unexpectedly easy, especially once the stewardesses started pouring Chardonnay! Before putting on my sleep mask, I watched the movie Wild, which seemed like an appropriate choice! By the time I woke up, we were touching down in New Zealand! It was only 6 a.m. but we caught…
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