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Oct 22, 2018 - More Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Day two in Sydney we boarded hop on hop off bus to ride around the city. Not a do-over. In fact we got off early and rode the ferry home. Too hectic and difficult to really see anything. We realized we do best on our own using public transportation. The one good thing was it took us to the world famous Bondi Beach. Beautiful! Crowded though because you can ride any public transportation for $2.15 all day Sunday and you can reach it by bus. So the path to Congee was packed so we did not make the trek. We did make our way over to the Opera...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Sydney

We had two uneventful days at sea followed by sailing into the most stunning harbor in the world. We arrived just before sunrise. The pictures tell the story but don’t do it justice. The iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. It’s hard to believe we are really here. Debarkation was very efficient and after a short taxi ride we are at the Hyatt Regency (thank you Paul) at Darling Harbor. We had our our room by 11:00. While waiting for it we took a walk around the harbor and scouted out the ferry system. That is how we got to the bridge...

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Sep 26, 2018 - What a bonus!

On a TripAdvisor PM to our Tasmanian fellow-passengers, we mentioned our brush with tour-death and hoped they hadn’t been similarly affected. As their original booking had been for September, they were unaware of the drama we had experienced, but then they mentioned something we were not aware of. As a result of the drastic changes to the tour (cruise reduction, etc) LE was facilitating a significant partial refund as compensation. We had heard nothing of this, as LE was under the impression we were an October departure and due a full...

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A Chinese Odyssey

Sep 10, 2018 - Sydney

Sydney is a beautiful city built around a huge, beautiful harbor. When the sun is shining and the harbor is filled with sailboats and ferries it is easy to spend hours just staring at the sight. We spent six days in Sydney and still did not see everything on our list. One highlight for this opera fan was attending a performance of “The Turk in Italy” by Rossini at the iconic Sydney Opera House. The building is quite impressive and is much larger than expected. There are five performance stages and too-many -to-count restaurants in the...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Brisbane to Sydney

We left Brisbane and continued our drive south along the coastline. We left the state of Queensland and entered the state of New South Wales. Clearly, the influence of the English beginnings are seen in the names of cities and states. Most of the drive along this section of coastline was very scenic but a bit sedate. Most of the towns we stayed in are small coastal towns where the streets roll up at dusk especially in the winter. With the kids all in school this time of year most of our fellow travelers are the “grey nomads”. There was one...

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Aug 31, 2018 - Vineyards and holiday statistics

After our cold night in Cobar our next night was Dubbo. We had booked a room at the Amaroo Hotel and made a special request for a ground floor room as we are traveling with a fair bit of luggage. Well when we checked in we were told our room was on the third floor and that the lift was out of order. They did offer to help with our luggage but Grae declined the offer stating he could manage...... and he certainly did. Whilst the region is in severe drought and farmers have been doing it tough the countryside was looking green due to some...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Mauritius to Perth then to Sydney then to Anna Bay

Saturday 11th August 2018/Sunday 12th August 2018 Mauritius to Perth then to Sydney then to Anna Bay Today we had quite an argument with the hotel about the fact that we had a late (6:00pm) checkout, but finally after much discussion we were moved to a villa for the day. Went to the shops, spent the rest of our Mauritian money then relaxed for the afternoon with Tanya and Geoff awaiting the time to leave. Headed out to the airport on a transfer, checked out the duty-free shops, then the flight back to Perth. When we arrived in Perth, we...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Sydney to Barcelona via Singapore

After waking up at 6:05 and then finally getting up and getting ready we headed down for breakfast After Brekkie it was off to the little convenience store to get cold and flu tablets as I have a head cold, just what you need before heading off overseas!! After we made our way to the airport , we checked in and then went shopping duty free, not much was purchased as we have a strict weight limit and that will limit what we can purchase - so sorry no gifts for anyone..... LOL The first leg of the trip was from Sydney to Singapore. Singapore...

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Europe Escape 2018

Jun 2, 2018 - Following the whales up North

After an energising yoga class and my last downward dog for a while Grae and I left the bright lights of sunny Sydney for a five hour leisurely drive to Forster, our first port of call. Being winter and out of tourist season the town had a sleepy, peaceful vibe, very much different to the throng of tourists in mid summer. Anyone know why it's pronounced Foster, what's the point of the first"r"? Saw a great many koala rope bridges strung across the highway and unclimbable flexi-fences along both sides to protect them from crossing the actual...

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Apr 22, 2018 - board the Explorer of the Seas

There are certain spots in some cities that immediately identify where you are. The Sydney Opera House is such a defining feature of Sidney Harbor that you immediately know that you could be nowhere else. When the Opera House was originally designed by Jorn Utzøn, it was impossible to build the way he had envisioned it. He had designed such huge sweeping sails on the roof line that construction technology was not up to the task. Compromises were made and a slightly less grand version of his plan was built at a much grander price. He was so...

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Apr 19, 2018 - back in Sydney

A passion for RV'ing brought us together with Al and Sue and we spent the morning touring their new rig and taking a ride. Ken photographed it with his drone, even though technically we were in a "no fly" area a bit too close to the Air Force Base. However, he hardly flew higher than the palm trees and I doubt even his neighbors noticed. Our test drive also took us to a nearby a spacious campground which had some sites large enough even for a rig like ours. However, there appear to be no sewered sites in Australia, which makes that part of...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Sydney - Day 1

Time to fly off to Sydney. A crazy city with people every where. The sidewalks were packed with people and the grocery store was so full with people you could not walk down the aisles in the evening. The store had like 30 check out lines and you still had to wait to pay for your groceries. We were originally scheduled to be at a hotel right in the middle of the central business district, but decided to move to a hotel apartment with a kitchen and laundry area. The only downside was that it was near Chinatown and meant a 30-40 minute walk to...

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