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4 days in Istanbul, Turkey | Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapki Palace

Easily done with a direct flight on Turkish Air from Los Angeles to Istanbul! Well, 14 some hours later anyway. 😉  It was my sister’s 40th birthday, and we decided to go somewhere fantastic for a quick trip without the kids. Istanbul is an absolutely amazing city with much to see and eat! The Turkish…

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  • rachel rioux - So fun to see the photos and read your notes!

  • Anna - Awesome photos! What camera do you recommend for traveling? Point & Shoot or dSLR? Any camera bag recommendations? Thanks!

Jason. 7 yrs old.

Did you think I vanished? I truly didn’t realize I hadn’t blogged in so long! I have MANY blog posts to catch up on! Baseball season was in full force for my boys, and with both playing all year soccer, something had to give in order to make all their games. There went my blogging….

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Buller Gorge,Nelson, & Abel Tasman National Park, South Island / New Zealand – Days 6 & 7

On the road again, continuing north.  As is typical in New Zealand, your next adventure is just around the corner. We stumbled upon an area called Buller Gorge. We found New Zealand’s longest swingbridge, at 110m long. The kids loved it – I was terrified! We walked over, and then the kids did the cometline…

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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Hotikika & Punakaiki, South Island /New Zealand – Day 4

I was really looking forward to this. 30 minute helicopter ride with a glacier landing? Oh yes. We woke up to near white out conditions on the glaciers, meaning no helicopter ride for us. However, it cleared slightly after about thirty minutes and we were able to go up. We probably should have opted out,…

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Drive up the west coast of South Island / New Zealand – Day 3

Yes, we’re crazy. Day 3 in New Zealand, and we drove several hours up the west coast of the South Island. We love a good road trip. This is a LONG drive, but one that is well worth doing. Our destination this night was Franz Josef, which is a 7 mile long glacier located in…

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