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2019 NOVEMBER 11 - 14 NEW ZEALAND

ROAD TRIP CONTINUES


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MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 143

Huka Falls.

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Another one for my collection:

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We walked along Lake Taupo with views of the snow capped mountains in the distance. Lots of bird life on the lake also.

Lake Taupo is a lake in the North Island of New Zealand. It is in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano. The lake is the namesake of the town of Taupō, which sits on a bay in the lake’s north-eastern shore. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania after Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea. Motutaiko Island lies in the south east area of the lake.

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Sunset drinks lake side.

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WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 145

Today we drove from Taupo to Bulls to visit another friend. We had some amazing views of snow capped Mt Ruapehu.

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THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 146

Great catch up with the Young family.

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Posted by Cindy Bruin 12:38 Archived in New Zealand Tagged falls taupo huka Comments (0)

2019 NOVEMBER 4 - 11, NEW ZEALAND

ICING ON THE CAKE OF TRAVELS


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MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 136

After months of travel in Europe and Asia, I ended this years adventures with a couple of weeks in New Zealand visiting friends. And of course enjoying the amazing green scenery that is New Zealand at any time of the year.

Here are some random pictures from my visit.

TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 137

Every trip to Auckland has to include a visit to Puhoi Cheese Factory, my favorite place to have lunch.

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WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 138

I stayed with my ex-housemate (from almost 20 years ago when I lived in Auckland) Toni, who has now moved to Papamoa Beach.large_DSCN4117.JPGlarge_986d9740-e306-11eb-bf47-e79103125050.PNGlarge_DSCN4118.JPGlarge_DSCN4115.JPG

THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 139

McLaren Falls Park. We walked around the lake, beautiful, and lots of bird life.

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Close by was McLaren Falls.

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FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 140

Put a face to an online friend, love ya Sarah.

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SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 141

Walk along beautiful Papamoa Beach. Too cold to swim, but so lovely.

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SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 142

Road trip.
Aratiatia Rapids, just outside Taupo.

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Yummy mussels for dinner.

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MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 143

Next day we visited Aratiatia Rapids again to see when the flood gates were opened.

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Posted by Cindy Bruin 12:35 Archived in New Zealand Tagged park beach factory falls cheese rapids mclaren puhoi papamoa aratiatia Comments (0)

2017 JUNE - USA WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA

NOW WE FLY EAST ACROSS THE USA

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DAY 135 TUESDAY 20TH JUNE 2017

We catch an UBER to the airport, as today we are flying to Dulles Airport in Virginia. We will be spending time with more of Dolly's family which are very kindly putting us up for a few weeks.

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DAY 151 THURSDAY 6TH JULY 2017

We have just spent the most wonderful 16 days staying with Dolly's cousins in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.

A giant thankyou and hug to Nanette and Ian. We invaded their home and have been spoilt rotten by their hospitality and generosity. We have had such a good time, lots of laughs, lots of drinks and they drove us hundreds of miles around the countryside to visit Virginia Beach and the never to be forgotten Intercourse.

Also a big thankyou and hug to Barney, Rehan and kids, Noreen, Lindsay and Nino for also sharing your time and hospitality with us. Dolly is lucky to have such amazing extended family who were generous also to welcome in Lyn and I. We had a great afternoon out with Lindsay to Great Falls, where I was able to test out my new camera and a monumental day (visiting the monuments) in Washington DC with Barney and Kyra.

Big hug to Teresa (for making the best cutlets in the world) & Uncle Don (who made the best shrimp dish I have ever eaten).

Thank you to Prudence and to Mandy & Andre, Farah & Angelo, who included us in their birthday celebrations, Jacinta & Patrick.

Everybody made us feel every welcomed, you are all such lovely people and we had a great time with you all.
(My apologies if I spelt anybody's name incorrectly or if I left anyone out).

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Below are some photos of the highlights.

DAY 139 SATURDAY 24TH JUNE

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We spent the weekend at Virginia Beach, which is obviously a huge summertime/beach destination. The traffic was a nightmare and the drive took the good part of 4 hours. We booked a really nice hotel for the night to sleep the 5 of us, this is probably the nicest hotel we have stayed in this whole trip!

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DAY 142 TUESDAY 27TH JUNE

Lindsay took us for a afternoon drive to nearby Great Falls Park. It was late afternoon and a great opportunity for me to test out my newly purchased camera.

Great Falls Park is a small National Park Service site in Virginia, United States. Situated on 800 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in northern Fairfax County, the park is a disconnected but integral part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Great Falls of the Potomac River are near the northern boundary of the park, as are the remains of the Patowmack Canal, the first canal in the United States that used locks to raise and lower boats.

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DAY 147 SUNDAY 2ND JULY

We caught the train into Washington DC with Barney and Kyra for a hot day out visiting the main monuments.

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DAY 148 MONDAY 3RD JULY

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Today we drove with Ian & Nanette from Virginia, through Maryland, into Pennsylvania to the Amish town of Intercourse.

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Posted by Cindy Bruin 06:33 Archived in USA Tagged beach falls great virginia woodbridge intercourse Comments (1)

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