Category: Destinations

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 ...

A Day Spent in Tallinn, Estonia

We had an opportunity to spend a day in the capital city of Tallinn in the Baltic country, Estonia. The city is rich in history given its location along the Baltic Sea across from Finland and sandwiched between Russia and Latvia. With a population today of about 437,000 people, Tallinn sees roughly 4.3 million tourists ...

Our Journey to Mystery Island in Vanuatu

Vanuatu lies almost halfway between the island nations of New Caledonia and Fiji. This makes Vanuatu an obvious destination for cruises in this area of the South Pacific. Our port of call for the day was Mystery Island. No one lives on Mystery Island. There is no electricity and no running water. And, it is the southern most island of the ...

An Excursion to the Paradise of Beachcomber Island in Fiji

With our 29-day cruise with Holland America, Amanda and I were looking forward to completing another bucket list destination with our visit to Fiji. It seemed like the further east our ship continued to go from Australia, the islands became more beautiful. Some day, we will continue our bucket list to visit more islands of ...

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 ...

The Iconic Sydney Opera House

  Not everyone in the world loves the performing arts, especially when it comes to opera (we love it). However, the Sydney Opera House has to be truly one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Not only are 8 million visitors attracted annually, but the Sydney Opera House has become 'the' symbol of the ...

Our Review of Flying Emirates First Class to Australia from Germany

For our trip from Germany to Sydney, Australia we had many choices of airlines. But, with flights consisting of a first leg from Frankfurt to Dubai at 6.5 hours and the next leg to Sydney being almost 14 hours, our selection was more about comfort over price. Luckily for us, when we found flights onboard Emirates, ...

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 ...

Spending an Afternoon in Strasbourg, France

Visiting the French city of Strasbourg, you experience what it is like to be an area that has seen tremendous conflict between various cultures over 2,000 years and the impacts seen today. From the German architecture of its buildings in the historic city center to the French language and food found throughout the city, Strasbourg ...

The Perfect Medieval Castle in France to Visit

Situated in the Alsace Region of France is a picture-perfect, mountain-top castle straight from the Middle Ages. Visiting the castle, Haut-Koenigsbourg, you are instantly transported back to a time of knights, peasants, and nobility as this medieval castle is absolutely a wonderful place to visit with some amazing views of the Rhine River Valley, and ...