Fire & Ice Celebration – Clayton, NY

For the second year in a row, I attended the Fire & Ice Festival at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY.  This event was held February 15-17, from which a portion of the proceeds goes to the “North Country Troopers Assisting Troops”. Over 20,000 pounds of ice was carved into various sculptures and…

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Auckland, New Zealand & Rangitoto Island

Having survived a day at sea, partying into the wee hours of this morning, we arrived in Auckland around 08:00. The indigenous Maori first called their home “Tmaki Makaurau, a maiden with a hundred lovers!  Nestled between two harbours, this fertile volcanic land must have been iresistable to the early European settlers.  With its cool,…

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Akaroa / Christchurch, New Zealand

On November 12th, we sailed into Akaroa, uniquely the only French colonial settlement in New Zealand.  Set on a stunning waterfront and surrounded by craggy volcanic landforms, it is a relaxed and pleasant town, 82 kilometres from Christchurch City. In the afternoon, I took an excursion into the countryside to visit a sheep farm located…

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Sydney, Australia

Sylvia and I have a bucket list of worldwide destinations to visit.  We have been to most, but Australia and New Zealand are still there.  We finally made arrangements to take a cruise to visit “downunder”.  We flew for 5-1/2 hours from Ottawa to Vancouver, laid over for 3 hours, then flew directly to Sydney…

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