I’d probably never say this to you. But maybe one day you will be walking down a back alley some place, even in your dreams, and for some reason you will be drawn to this book.
You will pick it up and turn to this page. The perfect page that we always hope will mysteriously have written the exact thing we want to read. The brave one. The brilliant one. The stunning one.
The words that will pick you up off the ground and swing you around. And remember, I’ll be right here. If you need me you’ll find me in the bookstore. RM
Kia Orana! Looking back over Cook Islands photos, it's such a feel-good place, wow I miss Muri Lagoon and the wraparound veranda at my favourite rustic French cafe down the road. I warmly recommend staying with Pacific Resort Hotel Group it's the best and right on Muri Lagoon...Nothing like going down to breakfast under a white tent, sunrise glowing, pancakes, fresh juice, toes in the sand. Dinner by flame-light with live acoustic serenades and a fiery pink sunset. You haven't lived until you've heard the harmony at the local church CICC on Sunday. At the Saturday markets choose a shell to have engraved while you wait, or a pearl from the precious, shiny mounds of them and have it made into a necklace right in front of your eyes. Fly to Aitutkai, it is only a short flight away to take in 'one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world' with a blue one could only call #AitutakiBlue. It has its own popular passport stamp for you to collect at One Foot Island. You can also stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki to enjoy their other luxuriously designed tropical hotel. The elevated, open-air view at breakfast freshly inspires, above the pool that will adjoin you to sea and sky in its eternity style.
I had my precious bottle of wine, a gift that I had saved from my 21st birthday – to open on my 30th. Penfolds Vintage 2001, a Red that would be opened on a special day found itself all the way from NZ in the famous city of love. We walked, wandered, lingered, photographed and then opened my treasured bottle to one of the most romantic views in the world. It is true what they say about life, wine, age. Such a sweet drop! that we saved some for dinner in a cutsie restaurant that night. On one of the best mile-stone days of my life even the taxi-stereo was singing it “Bon Anniversaire!”
The castle grounds were covered in snow, turning the lake to a sheet of ice. Exotic garden ornaments and games of archery adorned the surroundings of Hever Castle, making it a perfect place for a lazy Sunday walk. In my opinion the real fun started inside the castle as the lives of the historical occupants came to life and gave each room a rich-Royal story. Hever Castle was enchanting and inspiring, as was the drive we had to take to get there.
Walk right to the edge of Galway on the coast of Ireland and you will get to the edge of the world. Well, that is what it feels like. If you can catch a moment without rain – it is a kind wander out by vibrantly hued houses and a few dotted walkers along a long flat path out to the sea.