Milford Sound – New Zealand

Our first stop in New Zealand was to the enchanting area of the Milford Sound. The Fiordland National Park is on the southwestern side of the the South Island. We joined fifty others from our cruise ship, who decided to take an  overnight excursion. Our trip was from the Milford Sound with an overnight in …

Stepping into the Shire – a visit to New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set

It was a few days before Christmas, in 2001. Amanda and I, having been engaged for less than a year, lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. One evening, we went to the movies to see the first in the trilogy series of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." I remember watching that …

Five Weeks on the Other Side of the World

As Americans living in Germany, we have had an opportunity to travel and see some pretty cool places across Europe. In early 2015, when it became clear that we were going to be extending our time in Germany for another year, we decided to schedule an extended vacation taking advantage of Germany’s generous vacation time …