Monthly Archives: April 2017

Lands Down Under (Day 20, Then Home)

January 30 Auckland [Our last full day in the Lands Down Under awoke with the promise of more beautiful weather . . . ] [So, we decided to do what all Aucklanders and tourists do in such situations . . … Continue reading

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Lands Down Under (Day 19)

January 29 Auckland [We started our grand adventure in Australia’s largest city.  We’re ending in New Zealand’s largest city.  In between we visited several smaller cities.] [Arriving in port where we would disembark the Maasdam for the last time.] [Port … Continue reading

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Lands Down Under (Day 18)

January 28 Cruising the Bay of Plenty [Gorgeous weather for an all-day cruise on the way to Auckland.  Actually, it should be called the White Island cruise.  We hung around here pretty much all day, which was great, doing 360’s … Continue reading

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Lands Down Under (Day 17(II))

January 27 Rotorua [Continuing the same day . . . ] [Finally, the Maori experience . . . ] [Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village] [And it’s thermal, to boot!] [Acknowledging famous women guides:  During the mid-19th century tourists began visiting … Continue reading

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Lands Down Under (Day 17)

January 27 Tauranga (Rotorua) [“Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty Region of the North Island.  It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as … Continue reading

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PLAY BALL!!

April 11 [The national pastime arrived at the AAHS softball complex on Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately for fans looking for a parking spot, so did a middle school track meet, a freshman baseball game, and a boys tennis match.  I ended … Continue reading

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Lands Down Under (Day 16(II))

January 26 Napier [Things an inquiring mind would want to know about Napier, from Plant & Food Research:  Hawke’s Bay is famous for its Art Deco architecture in both Hastings and Napier, with Napier being known as the Art Deco … Continue reading

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