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Riding To the Top of the World On the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand

OK so riding the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand is not the top of the world - that would be Mount Everest, but I felt like I was on top of the world.  For me, this was such a beautiful and exhilarating experience!  People are always and I mean ALWAYS irritating  asking me why I like to travel so much and this quote explains my answer perfectly:
"Travel brings power and love back into your life.” 
~ Rumi
 The tree pictured above looks like a palm tree and a little out of place but it's actually called a cabbage tree and only grow in the very South Pacific
 The water in the lakes truly is as blue as my photos show!  I've been told by the people who live here that it's more blue or aqua than usual due to the glacial feed to the lakes.  I've also been told that it's usually OK to drink it too which I thought was pretty unusual and great for camping.  HOWEVER, I would not recommend anyone drink it unless they knew for certain.




 There is a very nice restaurant and some cool gift shops where you get off the gondola.  It was a hot day and I couldn't resist this three berry frozen fruit drink:Gondolaa-4

I loved this sign at the top.  I think they should have A LOT more of these around the world ;)Gondola-102

  I have a little bit of a fear of heights, but wasn't afraid on the gondola.  I thought the chair lift you can ride up even higher on the mountain was a little scarier...I didn't dare take my hands off the arm bar to take any photos.




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GondolaaI let the kids enjoy the luge ride down the mountain since I'm not a great driver :)

The A frame building in the photo below is the restaurant

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My Wild and Crazy Dolphin Sighting Trip in Bali

"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."
While in Bali, Indonesia in March 2013 I traveled from the southern part of the island to the northern section to a town named Lovina for a dolphin sighting tour.  I LOVE sounds great right?  Well, it was great and it was worth it AFTER I got up at 3:00 AM.  I'm NOT a morning person so that was literally painful for me!  I am also not the type of person who scares easily, BUT the 2 hour taxi ride in the dark through very curvy and hilly back roads had me sitting on the edge of my seat!  As you can see I did get to see dolphins - LOTS of them!  Getting photos of them was not easy though - even with a super fast shutter speed!  It was also dark and the boat you see in the photos is the one I rode in.  It was going very fast in the wavy water and was a very bumpy ride.  In the end it was worth it and I would do it again!  I also got to see an incredible sunrise which is highly unusual for me!  The photos on this post are some of my most popular on Panoramio.  Many web sites have displayed these photos which is fine and I actually am very flattered when my photos are shared as long as I'm given credit and they link back to me.  In case you want to view any of my other photos here is the link:





 "Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc…and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons."

Douglas Adams 


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Welcome to Queenstown, New Zealand!

After nearly 40 hours of traveling I finally made it to beautiful Queenstown!  I collapsed into a mini coma upon my arrival for more than 12 hours and awoke feeling fairly refreshed considering the 17 hour time difference.  All I've done is walk outside my room this Monday morning and this is what I saw.  Promise to share more later today.  Not much time at all to focus well and edit so these photos aren't the best because I'm off to explore.  I'll try to do better later :-)

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Lake Wakatipu

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Poolenalena Park Beach, Maui Hawaii AKA Secret Beach

"I went to Maui to stay a week and remained five. I never spent so pleasant a month before, or bade any place goodbye so regretfully. I have not once thought of business, or care or human toil or trouble or sorrow or weariness, and the memory of it will remain with me always.”

~ Mark Twain



Here are some more photos of this amazing park known as "Secret Beach" here on the island:

I have about 2 weeks left of 12 hour days and then my adjustment to a 6 hour difference time change to look forward to when I return home.  In spite of all that, I'm completely in my element and having a wonderful time.  Strange to think that I just finished a 2 hour Ashtanga HOT Yoga class at 2 AM my time. you think I'll have some jet lag when I return to florida ;)?

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“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” ― Thomas Jefferson


 This is Part 2 of my Paris adventure from back in mid June which is a lovely time to visit Paris.  Trust me though, I will go back to visit Paris anytime of the year.  I can certainly understand why so many people I've met have been there five or six times and have plans to go again!

This was my second trip to Paris, but the first time I'd ever visited Versailles.  Just in case you don't know, this is where Marie Antionette lived with her family.  She was ultimately beheaded.  After visiting Versailles I did a lot of reading about what happened.  Yes. I learned all this back in school, but there is nothing like seeing things with your own eyes!  Visiting Paris was DEFINITELY a history lesson for me.

 Here is a photo of the exterior of Versailles.  It might not look like that much on the outside...


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I was surprised to learn that the Shabby Chic design was inspired by the decor at Versailles.  I definitely see some similarity, but Shabby Chic is far from this rich and luxurious looking.

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Here is a photo of my daughter Marissa and I eating at a restaurant in Versailles named Angelinas.  It was a beautiful restaurant and we were waited on by Marie Antionette - or at least someone dressed like her!Paris7





I did not get to see much of the outdoor area and the gardens of Versailles, but if you know know that just means that I must return!Paris44

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 As you can see Versailles is "just a bit over the top" ;( .  HOWEVER, I came away from visiting and reading up on Marie Antionette's fate feeling very sad for her.  Here is a quote written by her after she was imprisoned:

 "I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long."

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The following photos are of "The Opera Garnier" which is one of my favorite places to visit in Paris.  It is incredibly ornate, colorful, rich with history, and doesn't take a very long time to see it all.  The first two photos are of the outside of the building, which is beautiful, but does nothing to prepare you for what the interior is like!




Here are some photos of the world famous opera room with the beautiful ceiling designed my the famous artist Marc Chagall.IMG_8374


They do still have plays and performances at the Opera Garnier.  I would love to be able to attend one someday even though I'm not a fan of opera.  No doubt it would be an incredible and unforgettable experience!




The only complaint I have about Paris is that there is a danger of developing a sore neck looking at all of the amazing ceilings that seem to be everywhere!

IMG_8420Here is a view of the city from one of the balconys of the Opera Garnier:


IMG_8318Au Revior Paris...for now :-)

 "Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness."

 Willa Cather

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