Hobbiton (movie set), New Zealand

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A Day in The Shire — One of the highlights of our New Zealand cruise was an excursion to Matamata on New Zealand’s North Island to visit Hobbiton, the movie set for ‘The Shire’ featured in Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  So here’s me, a relatively conservative 50-something professional man, ridiculously excitedRead more

Phuket, Thailand

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The national flag of Thailand has a simple design with much symbolism.  The red stripes symbolize the blood of life, the white stripes represent purity of the Buddhist faith, and the double-wide blue stripe represents the monarchy.  The blue and white stripes were added to the flag during World War I to express Thailand’s solidarityRead more