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On Easter Monday / Anzac Day we toured J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, stopping at the outer Shire, Helm’s Deep, Minas Tirith, Rivendell and Isengard. Peter Jackson spent seven years filming his Lord of the Rings trilogy all over New Zealand … Continue reading
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My wife went grocery shopping Saturday evening and we had a nice breakfast of cereal and scones in our room on Easter Sunday morning. Then we got dressed, grabbed our raincoats and umbrella, and hailed a cab to take us … Continue reading
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On the day before Easter we decided to give our legs some exercise and get acquainted with downtown Wellington. Our first stop a few blocks from our hotel would be somewhere on Courtenay Place, Wellington’s restaurant row, for breakfast. We … Continue reading
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We landed in Wellington shortly after noon and our Super Shuttle dropped us off at our hotel shortly before 1:00pm. Our plan for the afternoon was to visit the one place in town we knew was open on Good Friday: … Continue reading
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New Zealanders are very proud of their young wine industry and vineyards have sprouted up all over the country — in the Otago Valley near Queenstown way down in the South Island (where we end up our New Zealand tour), … Continue reading
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OK, here’s my quiz for the day: What is the tallest structure in all of New Zealand? And for a bonus point, what is the tallest structure in the entire southern hemisphere? The answer, my friends, to both questions is … Continue reading
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We left San Francisco at 10 o’clock Sunday night, April 17th, and were on an Air New Zealand non-stop 12 hour flight to Auckland. We passed the International Date Line while we were snoring and they woke us up at … Continue reading
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The Rock of Cashel is one of County Tipperary’s top tourist attractions and we toured the Rock during our three-day stay in Cashel in 2002. The Rock sits at the edge of town in the middle of Ireland’s Golden Vale … Continue reading
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We were nearing the end of our fourth week in Ireland and our plans called for a two-day visit to County Kerry. As far as I knew I had no ancestors from Kerry and so this was to be strictly … Continue reading
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Her name was Margaret Davis and she lived in Reno. She also went by the name of Maggy and her email handle was SageMom. Both of us subscribed to several Rootsweb Irish Message Lists. One day in 2002 Margaret posted … Continue reading