FOTD -April 6- Pieris

This variety is named Pieris Mountain Fire – As soon as Spring arrives the red burst on the end of the leaves. Later white clumps of flowers bloom. Here is the link to Cee’s Flower of The Day Photo Challenge  FOTD page.

Train to Sawai Madhopur

Well, first class has a whole other meaning when it comes to trains in India. I never expected a lot but this certainly took me to a whole different level of a first class experience. Our seats are in a little box like compartment with a window that is blocked and we can’t  see any light. […]

FOTD – March 31 – Pasque Flower

Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower), which blooms around Easter and commonly called Easter Flower- Extremely long blooming has dazzling blue-purple flowers and fuzzy seed heads . Self seeds and adds a Zing to our Spring. Here is the link to Cee’s Flower of the day challenge.  FOTD page.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Serena Lodge – Ngorongoro Crater Perched high on the crater rim, blended into the cliffs this is a wonderful lodge. Even for the toughest critics this lodge would not disappoint. It has a wonderful atmosphere with lots of exposed stone, both inside and out , heavy beams and a cozy fire pit in the lobby/bar […]

Atlantic Ocean – Water Water Everywhere

As I was heading towards this Cove in Yarmouth, it appeared to be an abandoned fishing boat. The sun was in my eyes and as I walked closer it was actually a Poster. Two days after our snow storm, many arrived at Queensland Beach to enjoy the sun. We noticed a young girl swimming in […]

Lens-Artists Challenge #139 – Special Moments

We were in Digby Nova Scotia last week and noticed these whale bones lying by the ocean shore. It’s been a long ago since we have been here. At least we can travel around our Province. Paddling through the Jungle in the Amazon, Ecuador, is something I will never forget. The Rainforest is so full […]

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Part 2

Black Rhinoceros – Endangered After our break we keep going .The highlight for us was seeing the endangered black Rhino. They were quite far off but we had a pretty good look with our binoculars. They are the reason many come to the crater. At the beginning of the 20th century their numbers in Africa […]

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania Part 1

We feel so fortunate in the morning, the skies are clear with no low lying clouds or fog, both common in this area. Our view is spectacular as we descend the breathtaking 610 meters to the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater,  is the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera . The crater, was formed when […]

Mosquito River -Tanzania – Part 3

We are taken to visit three of the many tribes that live in the village. The first is the Mukonde Tribe, who are originally from Mozambique. Surprisingly they speak Portuguese as this is the language of their homeland. They are also skilled wood carvers. The works we saw was so beautiful and intricate it was […]

Medicine Trees – Tanzania

As we walk through the Mosquito River Village our guide Sunday points out the Muiri Tree, locally known as the Medicine Tree and also named Red Stinkwood in Kenya. The real name is Prunus Africana. Liquid extracts from bark are used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate gland hypertrophy. Leaves are used […]

Mosquito River-Tanzania

Part 1 The word Mto wa Mbu literally means “Mosquito River“. We visited here on our return to Arusha. Leaving the lands that are plagued by drought behind, Mosquito River looks like a desert. Not so however, as this area gets its name from the large number of mosquitos that breed here and sadly the […]

Ngorongoro- Day 2

The Serena Lodge is even more beautiful and luxurious than we imagined. A wonderful bar off the lobby with leather chairs it is first class all the way. We are met at the entrance with trays of hot damp towels and cool exotic drinks. Rooms are arranged in round chalets with thatched roofs ( Maasai […]

Welcome to the Serengeti

We enter the Serengeti and see some Coke’s Hartebeest. The one upfront is winking at me. Other than that, not much else. We are starting to worry that we won’t see many animals during this extremely dry season. Now…excitement soon returned. We spot two photogenic cheetah near the road way. Our guide tells us they […]

Oldupai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater

Oldupai Gorge This gorge is  a steep-sided ravine about 30 miles long, in the Rift Valley. The  Oldupai Gorge is commonly referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind.” This is site was made famous largely by the work started in the 1930’s by Louis and Mary Leakey. It is one of the most important prehistoric […]

Arusha, Tanzania

The Ilboru Safari Lodge – Located about 4 km from the city center, a nice quiet retreat and just what we needed after our long trip. Our room has lots of wonderful wood, a comfortable tented king size bed and a hot shower. We realized it is locally owned and has a real Tanzania atmosphere. […]

Landing in Nairobi

September 2009 We were excited of finally landing in Kenya. Oh, but what a grueling journey it was. We spent a total of 34 hours landing first in New York, then Amsterdam and finally Nairobi. There were long lineups at the Nairobi airport to get Visas but thankfully we finally realized we could go to […]

On Our Way to Johannesburg from Rome

September 3rd, 2014 We woke up at 8AM. After breakfast at our hotel we had to repack and get ready for our long journey to South Africa. Rome to London to Johannesburg with British Air. We checked out of our hotel at 11AM. We drag our bags along the bumpy stoned streets and  sidewalks to […]

Vatican – Italy

We awoke this morning to teaming rain…had to use our ponchos on the walk to the metro. When we reached the Vatican we were so pleased to have booked our tickets online. There were a group of tourists waiting to buy their tickets as we could bypass the line. Georgian Egyptian Museum. We started with […]