‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

February 21, 2018

First, some old business: Leaving Thursday Sunday, we headed west across the Arafura Sea. It is probably named for inhabitants of Indonesia’s Moluccas (Maluku Islands) who called themselves ‘children of the mountains’: haraforas. Interesting factoid: During the Ice Age, circa 18,000 BCE, sea levels were so low, peoples crossed between Australia and...

February 17, 2018

I took this first picture around sundown from the starboard side of the ship, hoping to find a Name That Cloud contestant, but by the time I got up from the table and to the window, the cloud had started to blow apart. I do see a couple cute characters, but, moving along...

A young lady in the dining room said, Go to the other side for the sunset. S...

February 17, 2018

“It’s ‘Cans,’ Mite!”

It may be spelled CaiRns and look like it should rhyme with ‘fair+n’ but the Aussies say ‘Cans’ with a really nasal ‘A’ diphthong. Not pretty. I never got into the city so I can’t say if it’s pretty or not, but the territory is.

This is the home of the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along Queensland’s coast for 1,400 miles....

February 14, 2018

At home in West Newbury, I hardly ever see a sunset because only one tiny hall window faces west. I could see lots of sunrises from my large living room windows but that would necessitate getting up early.

Being on a ship at sea, I can see half the sky all the time from my balcony. The other half of the sky is on the other side of the ship.

If it...

February 14, 2018

I haven’t heard anybody called ‘Mate’ yet, but there’s still time. We’ve got another week in Australia.

I’m behind, so I’ll forego an episode on Foods of Feasts Past and concentrate on daily doings, not nightly eatings.

We left Sydney Sunday evening en route to Brisbane (see proper pronunciation and map), 545 nautical miles. Which reminds me… Total...

February 12, 2018

One of our lecturers, retired British Navy, thinks James Cook was the greatest captain, navigator, explorer of them all. Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770, claiming the whole east coast of what is now Australia for England, calling it New South Wales. The Aboriginal peoples had been here for 40,000 years. They remained part of the Sydney city pop...

February 5, 2018

Dunedin — Celtic for Edinburgh — means ‘Eden among the hills.’ They got that right.

We’d been in New Zealand for 8 days and, though we had to skip Napier, I enjoyed it all. Beautiful countryside and interesting cities and towns. Dunedin’s population is around 127,000. Not many compared to the 40 million sheep! The oldest kiwi city, it’s the seat o...

February 2, 2018

In the Norwood Rose Garden within the Wellington Botanical Garden. The roses at Fuller Garden in Rye, NH, are just as good.

Some have called Wellington ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ and it was cool, in the mid-60s this morning, but other than that, I thought Auckland was a lot cooler as a place to visit or live. So there are only...

February 1, 2018

Haere Mai — Welcome — to the little town of Bethlehem, next door to Tauranga (still in New Zealand). I’d heard of most every other port of call on this 64-stop itinerary, but the city of Tauranga was not one of them. It is best known, my Viking bible tells me, as the gateway to Rorotua, the region of bubbling thermal mud pools.

I had originally si...

January 31, 2018

New Zealand: Day 3, Auckland, Part 2

*The original Mãori name for the city

We overnighted a
t the dock in Auckland and
had most of a second day there. I opted for a 4-hour bus tour around the city and across the Auckland Harbor Bridge to the charming little town of Devonport. Afterwards, I took myself to the New Zealand Maritime Museum a couple bloc...

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