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Oceania » Samoa » Upolu » Apia April 13th 2019

Hello from Apia, the capitol of Samoa – also known as Western Samoa. We arrived this morning about 9:30. That gave us time to sleep in a little and still have a nice breakfast before the ship arrived. David was able to go out on deck to take a few pictures as we arrived in port. There is a local tradition of having some native dancers on the pier to welcome ships as they arrive, and we had a good view from the Promenade Deck. According to the information channel on the TV, we are at longitude of 171W and latitude of 13S. We will still visit some ports even further south, but all will be back toward the east. This is the farthest west that we will go on our cruise. So in one sense ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough April 11th 2019

I am so far behind with the travel blog I'm not really sure where to start! But yes we are back in the beautiful South Island after spending the winter in Papamoa/Rotorua whilst Lance worked and I recovered after successful Hip surgery. We did manage a little adventure with a trip to Fiji in the middle winter with friends, can’t beat a bit of sun and warmth. We sailed across to Picton on the Thursday 7th February, heading straight to Havelock as I had booked the Pelorus Mail Cruise for next day. The cruise on Friday takes you out to the outer islands including Forsyth Island. My grandfather was a Sheep & Cattle Manager there in around 1941. Friday with a bit of a bite in the air and plenty of sunshine we headed out on ... read more
Greetings from Waitata Bay
Dolphins - Pelorus Sound
Portage - Kenepuru Sound

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales April 11th 2019

Crazy day packing and making last minute purchases today before leaving early at 17:00 as Nick’s flight was at 20:40 but the rest of us were leaving at 21:45. Nick was a last minute addition to the group and the airfares on our China Southern flights had increased from under $1,000 return to about $3,300, so he had to take a different cheaper with Air China. Daisy dropped us off at the airport Nick went to check-in while we waited for ours to open up. We were waiting in the line when Vicki arrived and found us in the line. Then a lady came around and was asking if anyone was flying to Kathmandu and she took some others away but left us in the line. When it was our turn I was taken separately to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington April 6th 2019

Autumn is certainly starting to show her colours. So with the end of the summer fast approaching we set off on a trip to enjoy the last off the summer {and the wine }. Di and I along with Annemarie and Corrado left home and spent a couple of nights in Taupo then headed to one of my favourite areas in NZ. The Coromandal peninsula has always attracted me to it's great coast line with wonderful scenery, coves, estuaries, small towns, big towns, but most of all it's beautiful beaches. Great surf beaches, gentle beaches, popular beaches and my favourite, secluded beaches. I first traveled there with my brother Nick and friend Wayne as a mid teen, enjoying the summer holidays for a few years and always working on the tan. I have returned a number ... read more
Waikato River, Taupo.
Refreshments at Whitianga.
The Lost Springs. Whtianga.

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth April 2nd 2019

Day 24 (25/3/2019) Huge winds from the East pounded us overnight, wanting to pick us up & carry us away. Just as well I had everything battened down & anchored. The winds exceeded what we were reported to expect & were quite severe. Did a bit of fishing, but winds still heavy & water still quite dirty which is hardly ideal conditions. Saw a school of large Tailor going up & down the breakwater, but they were far from interested in any lure put in front of them. Day 25 (26/3/2019) Up early to try fishing in the morning instead of the evening. Water still dirty & the winds growing stronger again did not make fishing easy. Same school of Tailor swimming up & down the breakwater, but again refusing to take anything thrown at them. ... read more

Oceania » Fiji April 1st 2019

Geo: -17.7591, 177.979... read more

Oceania » New Zealand March 29th 2019

Tak Vas zdravim od protinozcu! :) Viza, na ktere jsme sem na Zeland prijeli, se jmenuji Work&Holiday.. Uz druhy tyden se nam to pomalu z toho Holiday meni na Work.. Ale jen tak napul.. na takovy dobrovolny Work. Zatim je to takova mala rozcvicka, protoze kdyz nekolik mesicu nic poradne aktivniho nedelate, muze Vam dat prvnich par dni docela zabrat. Takze dobrovolniceni.. za par hodin prace mate ubytovani a nekdy jidlo. Po zbytek dne muzete delat co chcete. Spat (moje cinnost v prvnich dnech), jit na plaz, vyletovat, cokoliv.. Na prvni farme, teda farme.. proste 10 hektaru lesa, zahrady a sadu, jsme za ctyri hodiny prace, a nekdy ne uplne lehke, meli jidlo a ubytko, se vsim co jsme chteli. Reknu Vam, mit na obed takovej senvic s domacim avokadem a zeleninou, k tomu vodu s ... read more
Zahrada na farme
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 28th 2019

Es ist mal wieder Zeit für einen Blogbeitrag und diesmal geht es mir gar nicht so leicht von der Hand wie sonst und ich stelle fest, wie ich das nun doch schon 2 Tage vor mir herschiebe. Teils der Umstände halber und teils auch weil ich selber nicht genau weiß was ich diesmal berichten möchte oder auch überhaupt kann. Aber es hilft ja nichts und deshalb habe ich mich nun aufgerafft einfach mal anzufangen und zu schauen wohin die Reise geht. Zumindest was das titelgebende Kernthema angeht. Die Mission Coromandel. Aber bevor ich dazu komme möchte ich nochmal kurz auf meine Aktivitäten hier in Paeroa eingehen. Diese Malereien auf meinen Armen stammen von meiner lieben Freundin Mel und nicht nur, dass sie ganz wunderbar ausschauen es ist auch fantastisch, dass sie das kann und warum sie ... read more
Mel´s Koerpermalerei 2
Mond- und Sternennaechte 1
Mond- und Sternennaechte 2

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Waratah Bay March 26th 2019

Today being my last day of touring I freelanced a little bit. Although I had a few places to visit, I did not know what I would do when there. I basically visited a few coastal communities around Wilsons Promontory National Park. First up was Waratah Bay where I visited some of the local beaches. It was relatively cool, around 15, so the beaches were empty. Next up I visited the community of Sandy Point and of course another empty beach. I visited Walkerville South and parked at a car park and hiked down the path to the beach. A busier beach with many surfers and a more fun beach as there were lots of rocks to scramble around. Being low tide one could check out what's around the corner. At that location there is the ... read more
Waratah Bay
Sandy Point
Sandy Point

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dongara March 25th 2019

Day 19 (20/3/2019) Up early to visit Kalbarri National Park before it gets too hot. First stop was the National Parks Office for a Parks Pass as we will be visiting several throughout our trip. Next stop was Natures Window. A short easy walk from the car park takes you to this incredibly wonderful location. Spoke with a couple from England for about 10 minutes as we were the only ones there & took several photos. Just a shame that there is no water in the river at all; completely dry except for some stagnant pools further upstream. A few kms down the road was Z Bend. Very little water here as well. A slightly longer walk to get to this spot, but still quite a simple stroll. Saw people standing on dangerous rock ledges to ... read more

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