Marlborough: wine tasting, day 1

We woke up in a Nelson to a rainy morning but we had scheduled wine tasting for this day so no big deal. First we finished packing, then called all family members to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. Headed out by 10:15am and although it was hard to … [Continue reading]

Nelson: wine tasting on Thanksgiving Day

After sleeping in a bit we headed out on foot to pick up snacks at the grocery store and explore Nelson. Eric went into the city center to check out some gardens and I picked up a tea towel with kiwi birds on it before heading back to the room to … [Continue reading]

Nelson: kayak trip to Abel Tasman

Our big adventure for the day was the "Heart of the Park Explorer" hike and kayak trip with Kaiteriteri Kayaks in Abel Tasman Park. We were picked up at the hotel at 7:25am. I was a bit worried when the shuttle was 15 minutes late but we called … [Continue reading]

Wellington: botanical gardens & coastal views

Since breakfast was good the day before, we returned to Sweet Mother's Kitchen. Eric got scrambled eggs on toast and I got a flat white with an order of beignets and the breakfast burrito. Service was pretty slow as I finished my first coffee way … [Continue reading]

Wellington: day trip to Martinborough

After a great night's sleep and feeling a mild aftershock while laying in bed, Eric got up to work out and I caught up on computer stuff. For breakfast we walked over to Sweet Mother's Kitchen where Eric opted for the scrambled eggs on toast with a … [Continue reading]

Wellington: flights & arrival

After a fairly long 12.5 hour flight from LA in AA's Main Cabin Extra seats we landed in Auckland. I got pulled out of the automatic immigration line (again) because of the angle of my face (apparently). Being short can be a disadvantage for this … [Continue reading]

San Sebastian: food & drink

As with most places in Spain, we found San Sebastian to be absolutely delicious. One thing I had to get used to was that ordering wine at most of the pintxo bars was done at the mercy of the bartender, who rarely spoke English. With no posted menu … [Continue reading]