Taste of New Zealand

I read a few days ago that applications from Americans for temporary residency in New Zealand are up by 70%. I won’t go into the reasons why I think this is true, but I will share with you some of its appeal.

It is a beautiful country

with lots of opportunity for outdoor activity.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are snow capped mountains 

and glaciers with runoff that turn rivers a stunning blue. Meandering through the mountains, the water reminds me of an abstract painting.

There are sheep farms

and orchards

and friendly people descended from the Mauri tribe native to New Zealand.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are numerous vineyards making, among other blends, outstanding Sauvignon Blanc.

No matter where you might choose to have that glass of wine or just sit back and relax, you can count on having a beautiful view.

Hmmm, now that I think about it, New Zealand might not be a bad place to be.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Football and More

img_8592All the talk about and around Houston these days involves the Super Bowl to be played here Sunday.

img_8595Downtown Super Bowl Center is alive with activity and thousands gather to participate in the goings on and, perhaps, spot a celebrity or two.

img_8594From what I see and hear there is something for everyone be it art or live performances.

Office View HoustonAs exciting as all this is, there’s more to this big city than Super Bowl activities, and, hopefully, visitors will have opportunity to take some of it in.

Houston is a city of bayous designed for drainage, but they are also becoming sources for outdoor activity.  Buffalo Bayou is the largest, and it has recently undergone significant change.

These days folks can hike and bike,  kayak 

bbayou-4-e1462310177369or take a scenic boat ride on the bayou.

img_1652-version-2For sure, visitors will find lots of good eats in Houston as it is one of the country’s best foodie cities with cuisines for every palate.  One could eat here for a very long time without having to go to the same restaurant twice.

img_7776sA don’t miss is TexMex.  It doesn’t get any better than at any one of the many Mexican restaurants here.

MFAHFor quieter moments, a visit to one of Houston’s outstanding museums is a delight

img_1205-1as is a stroll through a nearby park.

As I think about it, there’s much that Houston has to offer, but with the emphasis on football some visitors  may not get an opportunity to experience it.  Come Sunday, if I open the windows it just might be possible to hear the noise of the crowd cheering for a favorite team.  For a few thousand dollars I could be there, too, but I’ll be watching on TV with plenty of chips and queso handy.   

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

The Wonder of Iceland

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Miriam Beard

If you  enjoy the rugged outdoors, Iceland may be just the place for you as it is full of opportunity to explore the wonders of nature.

IcelandNot many blooming things are native, but here and there among the lava rocks, you find little flowers peeking out adding touches of color to the monochromatic landscape.

IcelandTrekking down a lava path, you are likely to encounter a waterfall crashing down exerting its power.

IcelandHow different each one is ,

Icelandand if you don’t mind getting sprayed with icy water you may be able to explore a back side which is a totally magical experience.

IcelandThere are glaciers, some of which you can actually walk on provided you have proper equipment to keep you from sliding all over the place.

IcelandMost are covered with volcanic ash giving them a very different appearance from ones you might see elsewhere.

IcelandIn parts of Iceland, it is not unusual to see geysers, big and little, 

Icelandthat erupt far more frequently than Old Faithful in Yellowstone.  There is no warning, just an explosive burst of hot water coming from deep within the earth.

IcelandIceland is an island of still active volcanoes like this one hidden this day by  clouds.  It is the one that erupted three years ago causing havoc far beyond Iceland.  Needless to say, the farmer who lives below this volcano hopes it stays dormant for quite some time!

Iceland

Volcanic rocks like rough hewn sculptures act as sentinels and provide challenging climbs for the daring.  The trekking is one thing, but I’ll watch the climbers!

Iceland is, indeed, a land of rugged natural wonder.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind