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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 4th 2008

March 3, 2008 Woke up early, about 5:00 am, and looked out of the window to see angels flying alongside the ship. There were a flock of sea birds riding the bow wake and diving for fish. It was still dark outside but the ships lights illuminated the florescent wake and the birds were silhouetted on it. Quite magical!! Again the weather was much like Ireland, overcast with misty rain and intermittent showers. Today’s tour was long but very, very enjoyable. Our guide is a chief (really) and therefore was able to arrange for us participate in a Maori greeting at an active Marae. This building acts as a community center for the local Maori population. This is where wedding receptions and wakes are held, local as well as local political meetings and is where visitors ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 2nd 2008

Sail Away!!! March 1-2, 2008 The ship is beautiful, the crew cheerful and welcoming as always. My dinner companions will make this a pleasant experience. We are all sailing solo. Lydia’s cruise experiences are endless. She is in her early 40’s and used to sail with her parents who are now gone. I can’t figure out when she stays on shore. Phil is a retired schoolteacher and now a travel writer and cartoonist from Florida. He writes for the Sun Sentinel and Conde Nast travel. He also has great sea stories. My last tablemate, Paul, is a trivia buff and was kind of quiet. He and I sat back and enjoyed The Lydia and Phil Show. 3/2 We just docked at our first port Tauranga , NZ to a murky dismal rainy morning. Hoping the sun ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Parnell February 29th 2008

EMBARKATION DAY 3/1 The Link bus system circles Auckland for $1.60NZ. I got an early start and caught the bus a couple of blocks from the hotel. The route circles the city and I got a flavor of the neighborhoods and locals. First, there are these used bookshops all over town. It says something about a culture that cares so much about reading. Then there’s the art galleries and art schools, almost one on every corner, even the illustrious Texan School of Art has a branch here. Most folks thanked the driver when they got off. Very nice! Rode the circuit until I reached the Auckland Museum. An impressive building houses three major collections. Level three houses the war collection (the full name is the Auckland War Memorial Museum), armaments and artifacts from New Zealand’s wartime ... read more

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