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New Zealand North: The Champagne Pool Of Wai-O-Tapu

By , January 26, 2011 5:00 am
View From Wai-O-Tapu

View From Wai-O-Tapu

One of the things I am most looking forward to in the North Island is an active volcanic area, called Wai-O-Tapu. As we enter the park, it starts to smell like rotten eggs. This can only mean we are approaching the Champagne Pool. While the name sounds quite nice, you probably don’t want to actually sip this water. The carbon dioxide in the water creates the bubbles like in Champagne. The bright palette of colors in the pool is due to the sulfur mineral deposits. I just want to stare at the pool for hours, but the smell is so strong I have to move on.

MuiMui Walking Across Platform

MuiMui Walking Across Platform

The Champagne Pool

The Champagne Pool

Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

Great Palette Of Colors

Great Palette Of Colors

The park is pretty large. As we continue walking, the various geothermal landscapes vary from each other significantly. For a moment, I think I see the Incredible Hulk coming out of the neon green pool.

Neon Green Pool

Neon Green Pool

Different Landscapes Within The Park

Different Landscapes Within The Park

Hot Blue Pools

Hot Blue Pools

Pretty But Scorching Hot

Pretty But Scorching Hot

Don't Fall In

Don't Fall In

Yellow Bubbles

Yellow Bubbles

Then I hear something start to bubble out of the mud pool and it’s interesting how the mud splatters. With Boris’ new zoom lens, we can accurately capture it.

Mud Splatter Looks Like A Head Of A Dog

Mud Splatter Looks Like A Head Of A Dog

Love The Zoom Lens

Love The Zoom Lens

Throughout the park, there are various geysers that spew out at different times. The largest of them all is Lady Knox Geyser. As she blows, this fascinates the crowd. I found out later, this is the first geyser Boris has ever seen.

Geyser About To Go Off

Geyser About To Go Off

Lady Knox Geyser

Lady Knox Geyser

There She Blows

There She Blows

Being here just confirms how bad I need to visit Yellowstone National Park when I return to the states.

In our hot blue rental car, we drive to city of Taupo where we randomly come upon this luxury waterfront rental at Sacred Waters. For the next couple of days, Boris and I do not depart from the compound. We leave the sightseeing to Marie Hélène and Gérard while we enjoy the amenities, which include our own personal spa made out of stainless steel. It’s pretty cool as the hot water comes in from the natural springs. For our meals, Boris and I are the head chefs where I am the lamb expert and he is the side-dish-made-with-cheese expert. What a dynamic duo we are.

Boris Feeling Back At Home

Boris Feeling Back At Home

Bon Appetit

Bon Appetit

Our Sweet Backyard

Our Sweet Backyard

Personal Spa With Stainless Steel Seats

Personal Spa With Stainless Steel Seats

Our next post will highlight the white cliffs of Taranaki.

Hot Spring In Taupo

Hot Spring In Taupo

Pied Stilt

Pied Stilt

Wild Feathered Bird

Wild Feathered Bird

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Colombia: Pure Deliciousness By Chef Joseph

By , November 2, 2010 5:00 am
Wild Trout SUSHI With Banana!

Wild Trout SUSHI With Banana!

If you ever make your way to Salento, Colombia, don’t miss out on the 9-course meal prepared by Chef Joseph at La Serrana. Joseph was a former assistant of, not one but two, 3-star Michelin restaurants!

Chef Joseph Making Sure Everything Is Perfect

Chef Joseph Making Sure Everything Is Perfect

In each of his dishes, he adds a local element, like papaya fruit, that does not seem like it would complement the dish at first, but it actually got us wanting more.

Sweet SUSHI RICE With Papaya And Mango

Sweet SUSHI RICE With Papaya And Mango

If you know us, you know we can’t resist great food and not at a price of 14,000 Colombian Pesos (7.60 US$) for a complete menu. The dinner takes place about 1 km outside of Salento at La Serrana, an eco farm and hostel.

Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert

Of course we couldn’t eat without thinking about Demi-Pêche (San Francisco) when having these creative dishes. Thank you to the Chef Joseph for all this deliciousness. You can checkout his website for more pictures and info about his food. We are happy to see our pictures made it to his site: http://republicadeartistas.blogspot.com

Happy Birthday Elli!

Happy Birthday Elli!

Wild Guayana From The Local Farm With Passion Fruit Caramel

Wild Guayana From The Local Farm With Passion Fruit Caramel

Papaya, Peppers and Carrots Stewed Sticks With Guacamole Icecream

Papaya, Peppers and Carrots Stewed Sticks With Guacamole Icecream

Organic Tomatoes Stuffed With Cucumber and Farm Feta Cheese Topped With Strawberries Thick Vinaigrette

Organic Tomatoes Stuffed With Cucumber and Farm Feta Cheese Topped With Strawberries Thick Vinaigrette

Norton Argentinian Cabernet

Norton Argentinian Cabernet

MuiMui & Her New Friends After Catching Fireflies

MuiMui & Her New Friends After Catching Fireflies

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