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A great base to explore South Central Spain is Úbeda. The "Gate to Andalusia" where a sea of ​​olive trees welcomed us to villages filled with history.

In 2003, UNESCO declared Úbeda a World Heritage Site.

Cerca de Úbeda la grande, cuyos cerros nadie verá, me iba siguiendo la luna sobre el olivar" - from Antonio Machado's song about Úbeda. Translation: Nearby the grand city of Úbeda, whose hills no one will see, I was following the moon through the olive grove.

One of the important architectural sites is the beautiful chapel located in the Plaza Vázquez de Molina square, which is also the location of the second Parador hotel in Spain within a 16th century palace. I've heard Úbeda sited as the greatest Renaissance architecture ensemble in Spain and one of the most important in Europe.

Úbeda has retained a large part of its historic fabric. The old walled town maintains the overall character of traditional housing on very narrow streets.

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I recommend an afternoon in Córdoba, Spain.

Córdoba, is a great example of a religious vortex, where three of the West's major religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism have intertwined histories.

The major attraction within the walls of the old city is the duel-faith "Mezquita-Cathedral." There is also a still vibrent Jewish community with Sephardic Temples nestled in the narrow old city streets. (This Jewish Community is noted as the birthplace of Maimonides, one of the great Jewish scholars.)

Córdoba started with a Visigoth Basilica in the 6th Century. Then the Muslims came and started building Mosques. The Mezquita was used as a Mosque from its construction in 8th Century until the Christian conquest of Córdoba in 12th Century. It has been a functioning Church since then, claiming to have never missed a day of Holy Mass.

The Mezquita's spacious interior created by hundreds of arches is recognizably Islamic. The Cathedral, in the center of the building, with its soaring "Transept," ornately gold and silver decorated pulpit, and finely detailed choir stalls are typically Christian. The seamless merging of the two religions into one space is unique and a testament to our shared goal of spiritual connections.

While we were there, the light through a stained glass window illuminated a statue of Jesus as to to remind everyone that spirituality can shine on anyone that is in the right place at the right time. They just have to take the time to pay attention.

In Madrid we ate at Sobrino de Botín. Botin is not just the oldest restaurant in Madrid - according to Guinness World Records, it is the oldest restaurant on earth, opened in 1725.

Apparently Hemingway was a regular and wrote about it in The Sun Also Rises. Also, apparently, Goya, Spain’s most famous artist, once worked here as a dishwasher.

The menu is mostly unchanged, the showpiece being the original cast-iron, wood-fired oven for roasting house specialties, whole suckling pig and baby lamb.

I had the sucking pig and it was perfectly roasted with a crunchy exterior and tender interior.

Eating at Botin is both an exercise in traditional Castilian fare and a glimpse into the soul of Spain itself.

Rare Double Rainbow - Indian Rocks Beach

Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory From Griffith Hills at Sunset.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo is a great to visit because of it location and access to some of the best night views.

Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for spiritual connections.

Lake Tekapo is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin.

The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps.

Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.

A must stop is the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.

It's small size is perfect, being offset by the vastness of the landscape and the clear night sky.

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traditional Andean weaving processes, a day Itinerary for the Sacred Vally Peru.
The color and the desire to share their history through education is great.
I bought my camera strap there. It is inexpensive, but I now have it on all my travels.

Stonehenge at the Summer Equinox. (Actually, I photoshoped the sun in.) I recommend a visit to Stonehenge. It's not too far from London and it only takes an hour or so to walk the whole site. You can take a tour, which will get you through any lines. But, we drove. There is a lot parking and we were not on the Tour schedule.

This pic was taken looking through Stonehenge and aligning the "Heel Stone"

Driving on the Autobahn at 190 km/h

Experience what it is like to drive at 190 km/h on the German Autobahn

Kangaroo experience - Blue Mountains, Sydney

A 1 day tour from Sydney to the Blue Mountains can be a good thing to do if you have the time.
It does take all day.
If you want to see Kangaroos you need to check with the tour operators to see if it is on their itinerary.

As part of our day trip to the Blue Mountains our Guide brought us to a picnic area that had a lot of Kangaroos that were interested in getting handouts from...

Lord of the Rings Scenic Tours: guided tours from Queenstown :: Pure Glenorchy

Here’s some info for Queenstown, New Zealand.

High end Hotels - Eichardt and you might also want to check out the Historic Lodge at Kinlock which is the northern end of the lake. These two come highly recommended and apparently the hotels can arrange the excursions described.
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza and arranged our own (Lord of the Rings (LOTR) tour which was very good. Half day guided driving tour at $170 NZD each. We enjoyed a great meal at Blue Kanu.

Eichardt's Private Hotel – Marine Parade, PO Box 1340, Queenstown, 9348 NZ, Ph: +64 3 441 0450 If you book here ask about the construction!
Things to do:
- Dart River – Jet Boat and Funyak
- Horseback riding - The River and Rings Ride Combination $285/adult. In between rides one can explore Glenorchys and enjoy lunch in a café
- Or Just Ride of the Rings which is 1½ hour horse ride overlook a World Heritage Area and where Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was filmed and we can do something else in the afternoon
Lake Wanaka is 45 minute drive from Queenstown
- Sail Lake Wanaka - Set sail across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka aboard the Astrolabe.
- Explore the lake’s islands, inlets and beaches.
- Paragliding with NZGForce. Need to decide which excursion:
- Skyline Gondola – Spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu – Allow 1 hour for round trip
- Coronet Peak – Launch from Coronet Peak and land at the Flight Park Café near Arrowtown. Return transport provided to and from Queenstown in Gforce van – Allow 2 hour for round trip
- Nevis Swing in the afternoon
Historic Lodge at Kinlock, Lakefront on Lake Wakatipu, 862 Kinloch Rd, Kinloch, Glenorchy, NZ
· Kayak and Dinner on Sunset at the head of Lake Wakatipu with “Rippled Earth” Company
· 45 minute easy paddle to historic lodge at Kinlock
· Chance to change into something more comfortable for dinner
· Excellent dinner prepared by Kinloch Lodge’s chef
· At twilight, 45 minutes kayak home on glassy waters with shadows filling the valleys behind you
Novotel Queenstown…/hotel-5308-novotel…/index.shtml
Crowne Plaza Queenstown, 93 Beach St, PH 64 (0) 3 441 0095…/ho…/us/en/queenstown/zqnbs/hoteldetail… Enjoy your Lord of the Rings Guided Tours from Queenstown with Pure Glenorchy LOTR Tours: South Island, New Zealand. Personalised guided tours, Middle Earth

More Queenstown.

I think 1 day in Queenstown is enough. And it could be a place to stage other visits throughout South Island


Great little town. In the center of the South Island and a major airport.

We flew into Queenstown from Sydney. It was a short flight.

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RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

In order to travel smart you need to know your motivation. You need to know why you are going to expend all that energy to travel. You need to set clear and measurable goals. Not, necessarily to the level of a business goal, but to some level so that you and the people traveling with you will know if they are on the right track.

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace....

Hector Dolphins in Akaroa, New Zealand, April 2016

Swimming with the "Hector" Dolphin in New Zealand.

Apparently the one place on the planet where you can swim with these rare dolphins. The beautiful sheltered setting of Akaroa Harbour in New Zealand's South Island.

Auckland Sky Tower - April 2016 - From iPhone

Sydney Harbour Time Lapse

Sydney Harbour Time Lapse - April 2016

Things to Do in New Zealand

Milford Sound

Two ways to get there. From Queenstown or from Te Anau.

We chose to stay in Te Anau because it was only a 2 hour very scenic drive. Whereas from Queenstown, the Milford Sound is a 4 hour drive though not so constantly scenic (though recognize that this part of New Zealand is very cool almost everywhere.) If you go to Milford sound from Queenstown you have to leave at 8 am and don't get back until 6. If you go from Te Anau you leave at 10 am and get back 4. That makes the day a lot less rushed.

The 4 best places to photograph the Sydney Opera House are:
1. Milsons Point
2. Cambells Cove
3. Mrs. Macquaries Point
4. The Sydney Harbor Bridge

[04/29/16]   Just Spent 4 weeks in Australia and New Zealand.

This page is intended to share my experiences to help you make smarter decisions about your travel.

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