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Top things to see and do in New Zealand

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Kia Ora , the Maori greeting, welcomes visitors this land of fiery volcanoes and glacial ice. Steam billows from craters that delve deep into the earth and snow crowns magnificent mountains that soar to the sky. Mud pools boil and glacial lakes glisten. Unique and flightless birds like the kiwi and now-extinct moa, largest bird on earth, flourished until the arrival of man and other predators.

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VIA Rail: Vancouver to Jasper

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

We followed in the pathways of the indigenous First Nations, early explorers, fur traders, fishermen, gold prospectors, pioneers, railroad barons, and lumberjacks. By riding VIA Rail we sat back and enjoyed the ride through some of the most remarkable landscapes in the world.

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THE SKEENA: Riding the Rails Across British Columbia

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014

On our two-day 725 mile daylight land cruise we sat back in our glass carriage and enjoyed the view. We experienced the enormity of mountains and vastness of the Interior Plateau and a forested wilderness from the comfort of our armchairs.

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Discovering Zürich, Switzerland — one morsel at a time

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014

We wanted to discover the essence of Zürich and found it one morsel at a time.

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From Palm Trees to Glaciers: The Bernina Express

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014

As with each of our visits to Switzerland, we designed our trip around one of Switzerland’s scenic train rides. This time we chose the Bernina Express, the highest mountain railway in the Alps. The train maneuvers up mountains without the use of tooth-wheel mechanism, crossing the Alps and traveling through a spectacular landscape ranging from glaciers to palm trees. In 2008, the line between Thusis and Tirano was designated a World Heritage Site.

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