Snorkeling in Palau, Micronesia

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We primarily came to Palau Micronesia to snorkel and to experience some beautiful water scenery. We took two all-day kayaking and snorkeling tours by Sam’s Tours. These took us through, around and under two of ecologically richest stretches of the 200+-island Rock Island chain of uninhabited islets. These tours focused on different bays within the [Read more …]

Chuuk Island’s Historic WWII Sites

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Chuuk Island WW II Sites on Land Our last blog talked about Chuuk Island’s underwater WW II sites. But a lot of relics still remain on the land. The above-ground sites, many of which were destroyed of damaged by U.S. bombs during the two days (February 17 and 18) of “Operation Hailstone”. Weno Island sites [Read more …]

Chuuk Island, Micronesia

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Chuuk Island, also known as Truk Island is a relative spec of a Micronesian island that played a big role in World War II. Captured by the Japanese shortly after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, it served as a major Japanese Naval base through most of the war. Then, in 1944, it became the [Read more …]

Guam

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Travelling between places in the South Pacific is not easy. After leaving the Goreka Festival in Papua New Guinea, our next destination was Chuuk Island in Micronesia. But as they say in New England, you can’t get there from here. Chuuk Island only has 2 flights a week and neither were a direct flight from [Read more …]

Exploring Goroka, Papua New Guinea

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We spent most of our time in Goroka (Papua new Guinea or PNG) at the Goreka Festival (see our 2 blogs on this colorful event) . While there, however, we also had time to explore the streets and to explore a few of the city’s and the region’s sites. J.K. McCarthy Museum The J.K. McCarthy [Read more …]

More Entertainment from the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea

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Our last blog presented only a partial glimpse into the Goroka Festival in Papua New Guinea. With over 100 various tribes coming together for a transitional sing-sing…all in traditional costumes and body paint—we felt this deserved many more photos of the incredible two days we spent there. So to continue on our review of the [Read more …]

2017 Pinot Noir Tasting in San Francisco: 33% Discount with PROMOCODE AIWF17

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We sure do love wine…especially pinot noir. So what better way to spend a Saturday than tasting pinot noirs? What’s not to like? Each year, San Francisco hosts Pinot Days. This year’s event will take place on November 11, 2017. We loved the event in 2016. And we look forward to the 2017 event [Read more …]

Festival Season Goroka-style

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Goroka, Papua New Guinea The town of Goroka in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is part of the original German colony. It, was and still is a major coffee growing and agricultural area. It also has some of the richest clay deposits. These deposits have been exploited for millennia by the famed Asaro Mudmen tribe who [Read more …]

Mount Hagen PNG and the Western Highlands

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Our next destination in Papua New Guinea was the town of Mount Hagen, the third largest town in the country (80,000 people) and the capital of the Highlands. After an hour on the speedboat ride up the Septik River to the airsrip, a 45 minute flight and another 45 minute drive over the roughest road [Read more …]

Septik River in Papua New Guinea: Cannibalism

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Cannibalism in the Sepik Next up on our tour of the Septik River tribes in Papua New Guinea was a war games reenactment by the village warriors: the occupants of a war canoe threw spears and rammed a canoe from another clan. They captured the invading canoe, captured and killed the survivors and brought them [Read more …]