Bay of Fires Sizzles! (Tasmania)

The Bay of Fires (Northeast Tasmania) is famous for its beautiful, empty beaches with very white sand, clear waters, and photogenic bright orange rocks (caused by lichen). You would think the name is for obvious reasons – but we found out…

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Hobbiton: Shire Magic

Hobbiton!!! Yes, it’s just as magical and special as you might imagine! Actually, a bit more so for me. I had expected to see more of a “set”, yet Hobbiton Movie Set is actually many acres with the whole shire setting with 44 hobbit homes and their community, including gardens, furniture and laundry drying on lines. We lucked out with sunshine and had a great time exploring and learning about the set. It’s truly a gorgeous area!

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Tongariro Crossing – 12 miles, 7 hours, 1 life experience OR All Doom, no gloom

12 difficult miles (7 hours) over volcanic terrain including views of Mt. Ngauruhoe (also known as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings). This is considered the top day hike in New Zealand and we can see why – truly a life experience!

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Fresh air, fine dining and a submarine? Djurönäset, Sweden

Fresh air (frisk luft) is the theme of the award winning architectural design of the Djurönäset Hotel and Conference Center. It feels like a romantic lodge, remote and completely in tune with nature, yet it’s one of the largest conference facilities in Sweden.

Much of what we say about the magic of this property has just as much to do with their people as it does with the setting! To pronounce it…

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Diving and Dining in Bequia!

Diving and dining in Bequia, in the Grenadines, a string of islands that are part of the 32 island nation called “St. Vincent and the Grenadines” in the Caribbean – Part of the West Indies, they are south of St. Lucia and north of Grenada.

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Disaster Day in Marigot Bay

Less than 20 hours on our sailboat and we’re faced with possibly having to abandon ship in Marigot Bay, but we’ll get to that…Marigot Bay, St. Lucia is one of the most idyllic sailing anchorages in all of the Caribbean. It’s beautiful, sheltered, safe, and calm. It is so sheltered that

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