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First Stop…Otorohanga Kiwi House

We thought our only opportunity to see kiwis up close was to go to Otorohanga Kiwi House, so after we landed in Auckland, we got a car and drove to Otorohanga. This is a small sanctuary for New Zealand’s native birds and reptiles, some are rarely seen in the wild. It was worth the visit.…

Planning a Trip to New Zealand

We love New Zealand! Cameron and I have been to New Zealand together twice and once each before we met. It’s an easy country to travel around by bus or car, the people are so friendly, and the scenery is beautiful. I’ve had the good fortune to have traveled around the North Island and all…

Radium Hot Springs

When we were traveling through southeastern British Columbia, we stumbled on the little town of Radium Hot Springs. What a great find! It’s located just outside Kootenay National Park. And, as the name implies, there are hot springs nearby. There were also bighorn sheep roaming around the town, which is always fun and very intriguing…

My Disappointment in Lake Louise

Forty years ago, my parents took my brothers and me on a road trip from Bowmanville, Ontario to Vancouver Island and back. We tented across Canada and the United States for seven weeks. We stopped and saw everything. It was a great trip, and I have very fond memories from it. Even some not so…

Birds of Prey on Vancouver Island

Did you know there is a bird of prey conservation center in Duncan, British Columbia? We were driving from Nanaimo to Victoria on our last trip to Vancouver Island when my daughter and I spotted The Raptors sign. We both looked at each other and made a snap decision to visit the center a couple…

Our Cave House in Oia, Santorini

I’ve mentioned in a past post that we usually stay away from or limit our visits to the most touristy places. We made an exception for Santorini based on a Greek friend’s insistence that we not miss it. We usually don’t listen to those suggestions either, that’s the way we roll. Anyway, we include Santorini…

Quick Trip to Athens

First of all, Athens is an enormous city full of cars, high rises, and lots of people. To get to our Airbnb apartment, we had to drive through it all. Once we found the apartment, parking was another matter…completely non-existent. After we checked in, Cameron and I drove the rental car to the airport then…

On to Delphi

After two nights in Kastraki, we left for Delphi. It’s a 3-hour drive through the countryside. Did you know that there is a lot of cotton grown in Greece? I didn’t. We passed by many fields. Driving in Greece is relatively straight forward. The roads aren’t busy, but there are tolls. It seems like a…

Cliff Top Monasteries

I had never heard of Meteora until my husband Cameron started talking about it. He kept telling me about a scene from a James Bond movie that was filmed in Greece, and there were cliffs. It was not a lot to go on, but we discovered Meteora once we started our online search. It looked…

Planning Our Greek Adventure

Early last year we were planning a Fall holiday overseas. We originally were going to go to Scotland but thought the weather in October would be too cold so we looked for a Southern Europe destination that would be warm and ended up in Greece for two weeks. OK, Greece it is. Now, where to…