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Two Eclectic (and educational) Days in Queenstown!

Two Eclectic (and educational) Days in Queenstown!

Did I mention that Kreig composed a daily agenda for us that includes a “Word of the Day”, what to wear, what to bring, and what meals will be provided? Today’s advice was “Wear whatever you think suits a movie, wine, lunch, beekeeping and a walk through a vegetable...

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

There’s no denying that the current pandemic has drastically changed our perception of time. How easy it has been to forget what weekday, let alone calendar day, it is. I’ve found that it’s frequently that way on vacation as well. Let me orient you! Today is February...

Exploring Mount Cook

Exploring Mount Cook

This will be a longer-than-usual post as it was a busy day and I haven’t blogged in over a week! First stop this morning was the Sir Edmund Hillary Visitor Center-a handy two-minute walk from the hotel lobby. Though we had a full day ahead of us, Judie and I wanted to...

Heading South to Aoraki/Mount Cook

Heading South to Aoraki/Mount Cook

After a short domestic flight from Auckland to Christchurch in the South Island, we picked up our van, loaded our luggage in, and headed south. As we drove, Kreig entertained us with facts and bits of local lore. For example, one of his hobbies is learning the words...

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...

Travel Writing in Strange and Difficult Times

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...

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...

First stop-San Francisco! February 19 and 20, 2020

Once in the City by the Bay, we grabbed an Uber and checked into Hotel Zephyr in the historic Fisherman’s Wharf District. Billed as “shipyard chic” it turned out to be one of those hotels that looks trendy and fun online, with shuffleboard, firepits, and a S’morez...

Traveling in 2020-Sue and Judie’s epic adventure

It all started one morning in April 2019 when I opened an email from my sister Judie. “Let’s do something crazy…come to New Zealand with me!” it said. My initial reaction was “I can’t possibly do that. It’s too far, too expensive, and I’ve got too much going on in the...