Costa del Sol, Spain

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My very first trip to Spain was to Nerja in the Costa del Sol, sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sierra Nevada mountain range (see map below).  While driving from the Malaga airport to Nerja, I was gobsmacked by the beauty of the surrounding area and I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous Andalusia regionRead more

Auckland, New Zealand

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A day in Auckland — Another highly anticipated stop on our cruise Down Under was Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city built around two harbours.  Located on the North Island, the greater Auckland geography and topography is dominated by ancient volcanoes.  These volcanoes are easily viewed from the iconic Sky Tower, which stands 328 meters (1,076 feet) tall and hasRead more

Sydney & Blue Mountains, Australia

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Blue Mountains —  Our long anticipated cruise Down Under started from Sydney and onwards to New Zealand just before Christmas.  Since it was early December, it was nearly summertime in Australia.  We flew into Sydney a few days ahead of our cruise ship departure to spend time in the Blue Mountains and Sydney Harbour.  Upon arrivalRead more

Picton, New Zealand

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A Day in Picton — One of our favorites stops along our cruise Down Under was Picton, located on New Zealand’s South Island near the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound.  It was an absolutely gorgeous December day for any activity outdoors.  We walked all around the area taking pictures of the beautiful surroundings andRead more