Two things keep popping up - the shoes and the camera. I wore those shoes every single day (except to the opera). I have since read that you should always take 2 pairs on a trip and alternate, but these were so comfortable and I never had a problem. They are by El Naturalista. I heard about them from Katie Kendrick and bought them without even trying them on. My sister wasn't so lucky. She tried them on and they just didn't fit her right. They are European sizing and no half-sizes. I wear a 7.5 US and bought the 37. They fit perfectly. I just ordered another style in 37 and they were too small. I got mine at Zappos. I plan to wear them all over Italy this May.
The other question is what camera do I use. I shot all of those photos with the Nikon Coolpix L3. It's lightweight and small. I need a lightweight camera that I can truly slip into a pocket otherwise I will never carry one. My only complaint is that I wish it had a stabilizer to keep things in focus better. A lot of my shots were out of focus. Nina's camera had the sharper focus, but mine did better in low-light or night situations. Will there ever be a perfect camera?
On a personal front, my son finally sold his house in Massachusetts and will finally be moving his family (my 3 granddaughters) back down here. My parents are moving into an independent living facility this weekend. Lots of moving (or shifting, as they say in NZ). Lots of changes, new stories to unfold, memories to make. And speaking of memories. I am in the middle of making a quilted fabric book with some of my NZ photos. I'll show you a peek next time.