Through the Fiordlands to Milford Sound

In November, my then fiancé and I headed off to New Zealand to get married. It was one of the best trips I’ve taken and I am so thankful we had the opportunity! New Zealand was stunning and I loved every bit of it, but I took so-o-o many photos and so-o-o much footage that it has been taking me awhile to sort through everything. I don’t mind though – going through it reminds me of all the fun memories. : )

So! I wanted to start off with some photos from Milford Sound which we saw on our first day in NZ. I hear it is beautiful in the frequent foggy weather, but it was also amazing on the sunny day we visited…

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To get to Milford Sound, you travel through the Fiordlands on the South Island. We stayed in Queenstown (where we were about to get married!) and made the four hour drive (on the left side of the road!) through beautiful landscapes…

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Once you reach Milford Sound, there are several great tour boat companies to take you around to explore the fjord. My favorite things to see were the waterfalls…

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After our afternoon exploring the Fiordlands, we headed back to Queenstown and enjoyed the sunset as we drove along.

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I love New Zealand! I’ll share more photos and video soon.

Grand Canyon

One of the perks of traveling to Arizona for work so often for a couple years? Trips to the Grand Canyon!

I would drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, and from Flagstaff to the South Rim of Grand Canyon….

There’s easy walking and hiking along the rim, with the expansive views of the Canyon around you. I like to go a little later around noon to miss the morning rush and watch the sunset.

DSC_8660As the sun goes down, the canyon sinks into shadows a piece at at time over the ridges….

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It’s the kind of place I keep wanting to visit again and again.

Capri, Italy

The Island of Capri is a ferry ride away from the seaside town of Sorrento on the Southern side of Italy where we stayed. We headed to the island bright and early on Monday with the sun just starting to warm the waters…

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We took a boat tour around the island and into the Blue Grotto, or Grotta Azzurra, a cave that shines bright blue due to the way the sunlight refracts up and through the water:

After seeing the island from around the edges, we headed up to the highest point via chair lift… my favorite part of the day!

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As you float up, you can take in views of the whole of Capri, the Bay of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance, and the bright sparkling Mediterranean water…

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From the top of Mt. Solaro, we hiked a meandering path all the way back down to the harbor. It took a few hours longer than we expected (bring lots of water if you give this a try), but the views were amazing the whole time.

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If you are in the Naples area and have time for an extra day trip, Capri is a beautiful stop. 🙂

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Positano, Italy

Positano is full of breathtaking views, Mediterranean sea breezes, and stairs. Lots and lots of stairs.

The bus that rides along the Amalfi coast can drops you off along the main road near the top of the town. Here you can see some amazing views from the high vantage point:

I walked down and down and down on my way to grab lunch by the beach….

And then enjoyed the beach all afternoon…

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Before beginning the walk back up stairs and street stairs and alley stairs all the way to the bus.

Worth it. 🙂

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I like to make pictures with film. But… I always take a while getting the film developed. And when I do bring it in? It’s full of surprise, long-forgotten photos.

So now it’s December, and I love the cold. But these fresh prints have me thinking about the warmth of the beach…

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…with water at the perfect temperature…

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…and kiteflying, because the wind was just right.

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Hope you’re enjoying a cozy winter and dreaming of warm summer days.

Has anyone ever heard of a ‘moon pie’ ??

The actual moon:

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The moon pie:

They’re both round. Only one is edible.

Moon pies are a big deal in Bell Buckle, Tennessee — home of the yearly RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.

This very, very, very small town is also home to the Bell Buckle Cafe:
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Bell Buckle Cafe

Bell Buckle Cafe has an eclectic menu, which features some moon pie-infused specialties. The place is a lunar legend.

Rock on, moon gazers and moon pie lovers.

 

 

photos by pam hollingsworth