It’s been s busy first week of January I o say the least. I am glad it’s Saturday and I made it to o Fort Lauderdale as did my friend Jerry. We each flew on red-eye flights to southern Florida. Jerry came on American Airlines via Charlotte and I flew delta via Atlanta.
One bitchy Lesbian next to me aside, I got to Atlanta with some sleep. Then 2 hour lay-over and o to Fort Lauderdale where a hertz car awaited us. How I love the perks of President circle which let’s me pick the car of choice – today it’s a Cadillac XTS.
A lovely brunch right on Fort Lauderdale beach with Bloody Marys kicked off the day in style.
After a good afternoon nap, we went to see Saturday’s ships take off through the Port Everglades sea channel. Amazing!
One night to go before we board. For now it’s just the catalog and deck plan that gives us an overview.
Our journey is almost at its end. After another relaxing night at the Foss hotel in Reykholt, tre DL group made its way back to the capital city for a day of sightseeing.
Our first stop was at historic Hofti house where back in 1986, president Reagan and Michail gorbatchov met to discuss the end of the Cold War. I vividly remember those years where hope and optimism spread across Europe. The building had previously served as the resid ncebofvthe British ambassador.
From you here we made our way to the Pearl. It is the distribution center for hot water for the city. Atop the building is a viewing terrace with 360 degree views of Reykjavik.
Another rainbow brought us luck. Everyone enjoyed their afternoon to roam the streets of this charming capital before we gathered for a farewell drink at the Radisson Blu 1919 that night. A smaller group returned to Messin restaurant for dinner. We highly recommend the Arctic char or the wolffish dish which is a delight.
Served family stile in a brown sauce with cream and cream cheese, roasted potatoes and tomatoes, this was a flavor profile worth flying back to Reykjavik for. (Note to self- don’t do it on WOW Air)
Farewell to my traveling companions!
I miss you already.
After a restful night and packing all my stuff up for my journey home, 5 of my trip mates joined in a last excursion to Piha bay and the rain forest outside Auckland.
Along the way we passed the beach where Jane Campion filmed the dramatic beach scene of the movie “The Piano”. This experience with our guide Tony brought vivid light how valuable small tours are in terms of getting local history and context of the sights and sounds of a destination.
I will be recommending this more often going forward.
The scenery was again out of this world.
Please note the local coffee shop sign which will become my mantra going forward (minus the barista) part sinc le I quit drinking coffee.
After a short night in our fantastic suites at the Crown hotel in Perth, our guide Sandy and driver Peter picked us up at 7am for a scenic drive down to the world renowned wine region of Margaret River. Upon arrival, we experienced a flight of wines with corresponding Amuse Bouches. It was a one-of-a-kind arrangement.
The winery is we toured is the second oldest of this region started in the late 1960s upon recommendation of none other than Robert Mondavi himself.
Still family owned and now in its third generation, this winery makes a world class Chardonnay.
The flight es followed by a lunch with more great wines. Just what the doctor ordered for a fall afternoon. Yes, it is fall here in Australia and the harvest had just been completed a couple of weeks ago.
From there we travelled on to an outdoor activity climbing down into a cave with a native aboriginal guide Josh whom took us on a twilight visit. He showed us the native vegetation, how the Aboriginees use the seasons (there are 6 per year) to plan their journeys and he guided us through a cave that has been in existence for 500,000 years. It all began with the dream story of Ngigli and he performed a hymn on his digiridoo in honor of the spirits in the cave.
See and hear the video below. Its my first attempt with posting a clip. Please confirm it works as intended.
Today was exciting as I got a first glimpse of my traveling g companions for my adventure around the world that kicks off April 20th from San Francisco to Abu Dhabi.
It is a dream come true to embark on this journey with passionate travel industry folks to explore far-flung places on this magnificent planet. Suitcase almost packed, this blog will document and commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Stay at tuned for more teasers as the days click down to departure time.