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Aug 18, 2019 - Visite des Amis ds la Capital Australienne

Bonjour a Tous, Retrouvaille d'Amis rencontrer en Egypt de cela 14 ans. Bien sur contact annuelle pour leur souhaiter de bon veux, noel et nouvelle an. Insistance de leur part pour que je les visitent... puisque je voyage beaucoup !!! Donc, me voici me voila...2 heureux !!! Cindy canadienne de l'ouest en mission avec moi, qui tombe amoureuse de Jako australien, elle avait 23 ans de servise, prit sa retraite des FC pour marier Jako. Belle histoire !!! Jako est un fan incontester de sport, specialement sport d'équipe ete comme hiver. Donc,...

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Jun 27, 2019 - Day 43 - Return Home

Day 43&44 - We’d 26/ Thu 27 June 19 - Homeward Bound Early breakfast in the community area of Moxy’s Hotel before taking the 0820 hrs shuttle direct to the airport. The hotel had been very good and I have given it a 9.4 on Booking.com We checked in for our Singapore Airlines flight which was due to depart at 1230 Hrs. Immigration was very slow and security even slower; nearly an hour and a half. Unfortunately air traffic was very heavy which resulted in an hours delay to departure. We arrived in Canberra via Sydney on time at 2220 hrs,...

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Apr 8, 2019 - Around Canberra

After breakfast Tony heads off to explore, Cynthea takes a rest day. The bus website is bloody frustrating to follow (even the locals tell you it is crap), Mr Google is slightly better at delivering the goods, but Tony still manages to miss the bus into town. He hurries around the corner to catch another bus, but the information to change in town is sadly lacking. He is heading for Parliament buildings, but the website tells there is an hour wait – nah, there are buses every few minutes. So he heads to where he hopes the right will bus will...

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2019 tour

Apr 5, 2019 - Canberra.

Friday 5th Up early, 06:30, plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast and a couple of coffees. We are at the Cabramatta Station before 8am, buy (full price!) train tickets as we no longer have the opal travel cards (bugger). We take about 50 minutes to get to Central Station, and then have to figure how the hell to get out at the right exit. Staff are most helpful, the signs are a bit confusing, but we can blame that on the early hour (cough) and the lack of coffee. An American lady asks if we know where the pay phones are, but we have...

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Jan 1, 2019 - A walk to the beach

After lunch Tony & Alan decided to get the kayaks out and go out on the lake, so I walked down the edge of the lake following them to the beach. It's quite warm and muggy but the sun is covered with cloud so it's not too bad. The tide was out so I didn't bother going any further than the lake edge. There are hundreds of hermit crabs in the shallows of the lake all busily going about their business....

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New Adventures

Dec 31, 2018 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone, we hope 2019 is happy, healthy and full of love and joy. We are now at Alan & Cheryl's at Lake Tabourie. This photo of the lake is taken from the verandah of their house. Having a great time catching up with everyone, and enjoying the warm weather....

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New Adventures

Dec 29, 2018 - A great catch up

We're having a great couple of days catching up with Heather & Mike at Callala Bay. These lovely Rainbow Lorikeets come to feed in their garden, and they had a couple eating out of their hands. Little Ava was very impressed with her father (Anthony) hand feeding them. Today we went to Greenwell Point for lunch and had a very enjoyable, delicious fish, callamari, chips and salad. This photo is looking across at Greenwell Point from the ocean. The most photographed pelicans anywhere!!!! We walked down to the sea at Culburra Point...

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New Adventures

Dec 16, 2018 - Queanbeyan/Canberra

11 December Another lazy start to the day; we loaded up the car and set off; destination Canberra. Road, the M5, was not too busy getting out of Sydney and it wasn’t long before we were out of the City and into the countryside. We followed the M31 the Hume Highway, gradually climbing higher and higher through open countryside, almost like the plains, with gently rolling hills. Grasslands with sheep and cattle and vast fields of cereals. We were in the Southern Highlands. Got bored with driving the motorway, even though the road surface was...

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OZ and Tassie

Oct 1, 2018 - Leaving tomorrow

As the Hong Kong tram conductors used to yell out when they had them,Quán qīng, or All Clear aka we are ready to go etc... All I have to do is get the dreaded form in for Mum and couple up taking great care to disconnect the shore power first and we will be off . I wonder how far we get this time before another disaster befalls us... So I have learnt a couple of lessons that I knew already, 1 get the van out at least 2 days prior to the "off" to get any last minute problems resolved in good time and 2nd put a drop sheet over beds when I...

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North by North West

Jul 21, 2018 - On our way

Today is the day when we have set off for our European Adventure - after finalising some stuff at home Scott, Tracey, Phil and I set off at 3:00pm. Luckily the car we had hired to drive to Sydney was upgraded to a Pajero - we needed the room. We had a quick stop for a cuppa and a snack at Sutton Forest and then drove the final leg to Sydney. Checked in at the hotel, put the bags in the room and then we went out to dinner with Ash and Pat. After a nice meal we returned to the hotel to get the gift Phil had made for Ash & Pat, then we took...

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Europe Escape 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - Canberrra

In the native language, Canberra means ‘meeting place’, which seems very apt for the city that was built to be the nation’s capital. We were both pleasantly surprised by it, as most Australians give it a bad press. It’s so well laid out, it appears quite futuristic, with parliament and the war memorial on a central axis surrounded by wide avenues, parks and a lake. However, it still appears soulless, lacking the edginess and character of it’s bigger east coast neighbours. Bill Bryson describes it as a ‘strange city’ and impossible to see on...

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Mar 9, 2018 - Always more to learn

I did not know Australia's government is a constitutional monarchy. The constitution recognizes the Queen (or King) of the United Kingdom as sovereign. The Queen appoints a Governor General to represent the Crown. The Governor General rarely gets involved in any part of Australian government. Until the 1980s, the British Parliament had the legal power to change the Australian constitution. In lieu of a House of Lords and a House of Commons, the Australians adopted the US model of a House of Representatives and a Senate. All this and more...

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