Travel Pics Theme: X marks the Spot

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is X (Marks the spot).   And for Saturday, the X is eXaggerated valleys of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. The region, on the southwest of the Southern Island of New Zealand, features three main sounds: Doubtful, Dusky and Milford – each of which has deeply gouged fiord valleys…

Travel Pics Theme: Q for Quiet Reflections

The theme letter for our ‪‎travel pics this week is up to Q – so we’ve chosen Quiet Reflections. We visited Dunedin, New Zealand on a cruise ship (the Carnival Spirit) and loved the city – it was small but vibrant, friendly, historic and beautiful. But it was as we sailed out again that I was…

Akaroa – a New Zealand gem

Dolphins with droopy dorsal fins;  earthquake-damage apologies; French street signs; frigid teal waters;  rose gardens; mosaic galleries – we’re talking about Akaroa, on New Zealand’s South Island. The town is on the Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of the country, and it’s where the cruise ships come in to visit Christchurch, around 80km away. Akaroa’s…