Monday, March 16, 2015

Recent Family History

This is the 100th post and the second anniversary of the first blog post on Rooted in Eastern Europe!

During the break from writing the blog, I took a trip.This is what I did--
  • crossed the Pacific Ocean by ship--10,880 km or 6760 miles. 
  • took seven air plane flights
  • crossed the International Date Line 5 times
  • crossed the Equator twice
  • visited five countries: Peru, Chile (Easter Island), United Kingdom (Pitcairn Island), French Polynesia, and New Zealand
  • visited 8 islands: Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, Bora Bora, North and South Island and Waiheke Island in New Zealand, and Oahu in Hawaii
  • enjoyed eating in terrific restaurants in New Zealand, including Elephant Hill, Te Whau, and The French Cafe, rated one the the best 100 restaurants in the World
  • began to like Sauvingnon Blanc
  • learned to paint with watercolors
  • began to  write my memoirs
  • reconnected with old friends in New Zealand
  • Had a great time!

Lima, Peru
Moai, Easter Island, Chile

The Hill of Great Difficulty, Pitcairn Island, United Kingdom

Our cruise ship, The Crystal Serenity, Papeete, Tahiti.
Making pareaus in Bora Bora

Papeete, Tahiti

Birthplace of the Bloody Mary in Bora Bora

Kawakawa, North Island, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand, from the Gondola.

The Earnslaw, on Lake Wakatipu, Walter's Peak, South Island, New Zealand

Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
Alan and Pauline, Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington from the top of the Cable Car
Lisa, Shelly and Denise, Dorothy's daughters in Wellington, New Zealand

View of Hawkes Bay from Te Mata Peak, Napier, New Zealand
Dinner at Elephant Hill, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with the Bobbie and Brian, Dorothy and Viv

Viv in Deb Bell's garden, Hastings, New Zealand

Alan, Viv and Dorothy

Waitapu Thermal Area, Rotorua, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand seen from Devenport

Brian and Bobbie  Te Whau Restaurant, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

View from Te Whau Restaurant, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
The beach,The Kahala, Honolulu, Hawaii
The dolphins at The Kahala, Honolulu, Hawaii