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Tom and Louise on Tour in North America



Did We Take Our Motorhome to New Zealand and Australia?

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 July 2014 - - - - - - · 184 views
New Zealand, Australia, Motorhome and 2 more...
Did We Take Our Motorhome to New Zealand and Australia? One of the questions that came up was whether we had our motor home in Australia.  This is something that one might consider for an extended trip but it isn’t really feasible.  There are numerous problems, the first is that the campgrounds aren’t set-up for our motor homes.  The power cords we use don’t fit anything here....


Pictures Bring Questions About Weather and Climate

Posted by TBUTLER, 29 June 2014 - - - - - - · 211 views
New Zealand, Weather, Climate
Pictures Bring Questions About Weather and Climate Here is another question.  In a recently posted picture the ground looked rather dry, not the lush green paradise that many imagine for New Zealand.  Let me assure you there are many places that are lush and green.  The North Island and indeed much of New Zealand has experienced a rather dry summer.  They are quite a bit behind their n...


Questions, I get questions…

Posted by TBUTLER, 26 June 2014 - - - - - - · 118 views
Astronomy, Stars, Constellations and 1 more...
Questions, I get questions… I’ve had several commenters ask questions so I’ll take a little time to answer one of them here.  This was written in February and I’m posting it now that our trip has ended.
 
Regarding the nature of the night sky here in New Zealand.  First let me say that you don’t have to go far outside the large cities to experi...


Suva, Fiji

Posted by TBUTLER, 24 June 2014 - - - - - - · 115 views
Fiji, International Date Line and 4 more...
Suva, Fiji Suva is the capital city of Fiji.  It is located on the southeast side of Viti Levu, the largest island in the Fiji Islands.  Our cruise started when we departed the western side of the island from Lautoka.  Suva is the largest city in Fiji.  Within view of our ship at the dock we can see the downtown area of Suva.  There is a hug...


Savusavu, Fiji

Posted by TBUTLER, 20 June 2014 - - - - - - · 73 views
Cruise, Fiji, Paul Gauguin
Savusavu, Fiji After two days at sea we arrived at Savusavu, Fiji.  The city of Savusavu is located on Vanua Levu, one of two large islands in the island nation of Fiji.  There are dozens of other islands in the group of islands that make up Fiji.  At Savusavu, we had a tour to Wiasali Rainforest Reserve.  Billed as a strenuous hike, this lived up to...


Life Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 June 2014 - - - - - - · 103 views
Fiji, New Caledonai, Cruise and 1 more...
Life Onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin We had two sea days on our way from Noumea, New Caledonia to Fiji.  Both Louise and I enjoy the enforced relaxation of the sea days.  There is plenty to do on the ship not the least of which is to just relax.  Louise enjoys playing cards and I enjoy relaxing in the sun or shade of the upper decks. 
 
Our stateroom is on the lowest...


Noumea: Capital of New Caledonia

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 June 2014 - - - - - - · 95 views
New Caledonia, Noumea, Cruise and 1 more...
Noumea:  Capital of New Caledonia Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia.  It is the largest city in these islands and has many multi story buildings in the business district and also condominiums and apartments in buildings up to ten stories high.  Located on the island of New Caledonia is a large port with shipping facilities as well as docks for cruise ships.  We were wi...


Isle of Pines

Posted by TBUTLER, 12 June 2014 - - - - - - · 93 views
New Caledonia, Isle of Pines and 1 more...
Isle of Pines New Caledonia is a French colonial possession.  The entire country remains under the control of the French.  There is a pending election scheduled for 2018 which could result in the independence of the country.  The Iles de Pins (French for Isle of Pines) was named by Captain Cook who was impressed by the tall pine trees on this island....


New Caledonia

Posted by TBUTLER, 11 June 2014 - - - - - - · 69 views
New Caledonia, Lifou, Cruise
New Caledonia By evening on Wednesday the seas had calmed somewhat and the ride to our next stop is much gentler than the previous days ride.  Our route took us further west and south.  The day was cool with light winds.  The captain informed us that we were cruising at a relaxed 7 knots, down from the 12 knots of previous days.  We had plenty of ti...


The Cruise Begins

Posted by TBUTLER, 07 June 2014 - - - - - - · 109 views
Fiji, Cruise, Vanuatu
The Cruise Begins This is the cruise that started the whole trip to New Zealand and Australia.  We signed on for the cruise and later decided to make it part of a longer trip.  Now with our exploration of New Zealand and Australia behind us we are exploring another part of the world.  Our cruise started in Fiji on Saturday, May 31 in Lautoka, Fiji.  Lea...