Monday, October 18, 2010

Good-bye Fiji, Hello USA – Day 21

We had a wonderful final day in Fiji.  First we took a long walk along the beach on the hotel grounds to their wedding chapel.  What a picturesque spot!  It was a warm, humid day, as is normal for Fiji, but the breeze off of the water felt wonderful. 
The glass widows in the front provided an gorgeous view of the ocean.

Next we took a glass bottom boat ride over the reef area and saw lots of fish and interesting coral.  I took a dip in the South Pacific Ocean.  Such beautiful water! I was going to post a picture of me in the water, but me in a bathing suit… it’s just not a pretty sight.

View of part of the resort from our glass bottom boat ride.  We were on the 3rd floor of the building to the right.
After cleaning up, we loaded the bus to the airport for our late night flight with Little Brownie in toe.  Do we look like a couple of tourists or what?
A few words about Grand Circle… This has been a great experience for me.  I can see why Bonnie has chosen to travel with this company for several of her trips.  They planned a packed itinerary for us with a total of 7 flights. All went smoothly without a glitch.  As you can see from the pictures, we had great accommodations with wonderful views. The cultural exchanges were interesting and enriching.  But most impressive was our tour guide, Lynda Keene. Being a native of New Zealand and part Maori, she had so much insight into the indigenous cultures on our tour.  She was upbeat and made every effort to meet our needs as they arose. She provided so many little extras throughout the trip.  Although she hasn’t spent time in the classroom, she is a true teacher.
Bonnie, Lynda, Little Brownie & Sheila, at our farewell dinner
Some of the highlights of each area we visited include:
  • Our dinner at the ranch in Cairns
  • The Opera House experience and harbor cruise in Sydney
  • Spending time with our new friends, Ann and Lynn, in Christchurch
  • The glorious beauty of the Queenstown to Milford Sound bus ride and cruise
  • Our chance at the helm sailing in Auckland
  • The cultural experience with the villagers and school children in Fiji
We had many wonderful experiences and enjoyed the other travelers as well.  This will be a trip long remembered.
Parting shot in Fiji as we headed to the airport.

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