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Milan & Lake Como, Italy

Thursday, 26 Oct 2023 | Views [66]

The next day was spent exploring Milan. We bought tickets allowing travel wherever whenever we wanted while we were there and pretty much looked at what important or interesting things there were and just headed for them on public transport. We saw the ... Read more >

Back to Genoa, final day on the cruise ship

Wednesday, 25 Oct 2023 | Views [65]

We have become familiar with this ship and it has helped us to be totally relaxed and we have really enjoyed our cruise! But wait! There's more! Our trip isn't over, today we catch a train to Milan where we have 2 nights AND a day trip on Lake Como! ... Read more >

Marseille, France

Tuesday, 24 Oct 2023 | Views [58]

First stop in France for this journey. We docked at 8am and shortly afterward we were out planning to walk into town. I had info for the city which we docked in front of that it was close and easily accessed, MSC gave us vouchers to use to catch a bus ... Read more >

Malaga, Spain a very special day for us!

Sunday, 22 Oct 2023 | Views [52]

Today was one of the most looked forward to days on our trip. Here in Malaga we were to meet up with Gus who we first met in 2010 in Venezuela when we couchsurfed with his family. We have been in close touch with Gus throughout his life as he has gone ... Read more >

Canary Islands, Spain

Thursday, 19 Oct 2023 | Views [76]

18 & 19 Oct A day at sea took us to the Canary Islands the first up being Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Arriving in the morning we disembarked and decided to walk in an opposite direction to the masses. We wandered about and ended up having coffee and ... Read more >

Marrakesh, Morocco

Tuesday, 17 Oct 2023 | Views [71]

17 Oct - The Divina docked at Casablanca which is a large modern city now. This is the only country where we had to take our passports with us when exiting the ship. We had pre-booked to do a day long tour to Marrakech as that would give us a taste of ... Read more >

Genoa then BARCELONA

Saturday, 14 Oct 2023 | Views [80]

14 Oct - we arrived in the morning but didn't rush to get off the ship. In NZ I had plotted a walk around some of the attractions like the Maritime Museum and the Aquarium but when we got to them they were far too expensive so we ditched the plan and ... Read more >

Backa toa Roma

Thursday, 12 Oct 2023 | Views [89]

13 Oct and back at the port of Civitavecchia where the Italians were replaced by a mix Europeans. Still destined to be a noisey ship just because of the numbers but a slightly lower decibels. We had booked a tour this day to go to the Vatican, we were ... Read more >

Santorini, Mykonos and those Italians

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023 | Views [87]

The day at sea was enlightening, since the ship was sailing from Rome to the Greek Islands and back a lot of the voyagers onboard were Italians. Wonderful people individually but as a group wow, talk about LOUD!  The Kiwis and Ozzies were having ... Read more >

Syracuse and Valletta, Malta

Saturday, 7 Oct 2023 | Views [87]

We have been given a cruise card, same size as a credit card, which will do everything for us in relation to this ship. It gets us in and out of our cabin, puts any purchases onboard onto our account, records us when going on and off the ship so they ... Read more >

How about going on a 25 day Mediterranean cruise then?

Tuesday, 3 Oct 2023 | Views [86]

We have just returned from this trip 3 - 30 October 2023. This is written posthumously from my diary and will be in several parts :   A year ago when perusing Facebook we saw an advert for a Mediterranean cruise with MSC for NZ$5,500 pp inclusive ... Read more >


Tuesday, 9 May 2023 | Views [215]

For my birthday we went to Rarotonga. It happened because Jetstar sent me an email saying I had a credit that had to be used within a couple of months! I panicked a bit and thought of a place and booked our tickets. I have always wanted to go there as ... Read more >

2023 A new year and about *** time

Thursday, 9 Feb 2023 | Views [259]

The thought of a new year, new adventures, new travels, new rides, was soul lifting but as we float (literally) on into the second month of 2023 I realise that someone forgot to tell the weatherman/person that it is now summer. Now of course I'm speaking ... Read more >

Hawaii - better 2 years later than never...

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2022 | Views [169]

Two years ago my eldest sister turned 70 and my two sisters and I planned and booked a trip to be together to celebrate this event in July 2020. Of course it never happened, life in relation to travel came to a full stop so the event was missed. This ... Read more >

A Brave New World

Sunday, 13 Mar 2022 | Views [224]

New Zealand is finally opening it's borders. This is a HUGE move for us. We have been keeping ourselves quietly occupied and alive in our own sweet paradise while the rest of the world has been dealing with Covid 19. The number of deaths we have had ... Read more >

2022 is here

Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 | Views [193]

Who would have thought we'd be living though this pandemic just 2 full years ago. Of course we are very lucky here in paradise islands, we are just, apparently, going to be feeling the effects of the dreaded COVID now while the rest of the world has ... Read more >


Wednesday, 22 Dec 2021 | Views [252]

I have returned to my home, my home, my home. It's a weird feeling returning. I'm out of sorts. I look around and see that I have entirely too much stuff. Things are in a mess and so many things need doing here that it becomes overwhelming to even think ... Read more >

Fire! Fire!

Friday, 10 Dec 2021 | Views [241]

Fire the boss!!  The bus was taken to have it's CoF but sadly it failed on some small and large things. Much frustration and discussion about the abilities and mindset of the testing officer ensued but despite the angst the work must be done. The ... Read more >

I haven't mentioned the goat

Saturday, 4 Dec 2021 | Views [303]

or the ram...  Barry is an adolescent goat, friendly, curious, non thistle eating goat. He is friends with the large unco-operative ram called Lawn. Originally there were two of each of these animals (Barry & Larry, Lawn & Mower) but unfortunately ... Read more >

A day in the life of...

Sunday, 28 Nov 2021 | Views [251]

It's Mr 9 yr olds day to make dinner. He takes a can of baked beans out puts them into a bowl and puts them in the microwave to warm them. Mum comes along " that's not enough dinner for everyone Mr 9" so Mr 9 goes to the freezer and gets out some frankfurters ... Read more >


Friday, 27 Aug 2021 | Views [373]

We are in lockdown again...  One person found with Covid19 and because of it's exponential behaviour Aotearoa went immediately into lockdown.  Now a lot of us find lockdown nice, yes nice. We are lucky enough to not have to go into it for ... Read more >

Special Arrival #7

Friday, 25 Jun 2021 | Views [250]

On the 21st of June my last (assumed) moko (grandchild) was born to my eldest daughter. I got to Auckland arriving after her birth and got to hold and dress this precious wee parcel. I am so grateful to be a Nanma and now have seven grandchildren, three ... Read more >

Winter News

Friday, 21 May 2021 | Views [331]

I'm sitting in our downstairs flat looking out the window at a very misty morning. Rotorua city has disappeared from below as the mist melds with the sky and makes a continuous curtain of white. My granddaughter and I watch mornings like this and describe ... Read more >

On the road again

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 | Views [365]

Last year we bought a small motor home. Since no Overseas travel will be happening in quite a while we decided we wanted to be able to explore NZ . Lots of kiwis  have had the same idea and motorhome and caravan sales have gone thru the roof. Honestly ... Read more >

And the times they are a changing...

Monday, 10 Aug 2020 | Views [377]

Wow life and the world has gone through a huge upheavel since the last entry in our blog and is continuing to do so. After the death of my Mum we went, as a country, straight into full lockdown in that we had to stay home unless going out for food, to ... Read more >

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