Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mar 3, 2017 - Taronga Zoo
Not quite such an early start today. We had to catch a ferry to the zoo where we were having a private tour. the zoo is split into 8 geographical regions, but our tour was specifically for the Australian region. Out guide was called Leon. He is aborigine , and is quite famous around here. He has been in a few Australian films, and was invited by the Queen to play the didgeridoo at her diamond jubilee concert. We have him on dvd! He was an excellent guide, explaining all about his people, the floral and fauna, and the wildlife. We taken...Jump to full entry
Mar 2, 2017 - Blue Mountains
We were picked up at 7.15 this morning for our trip to the Blue Mountains. First stop was a town called Leura, which had cherry blossom trees planted down the road. There were a couple of cockatoos roaming around the street (could not help thinking about the panic if Mari had been there) We then moved on to Scenic World. This park has a few attractions. 1. Scenic skyway 2. Scenic railway 3. Scenic walkway 4. Cable car We started on the skyway which took as across the gorgeous above the Katoomba Falls. Unfortunately the mistake rolled...Jump to full entry
Mar 1, 2017 - Arrived in Sydney
We woke up to a view of the Opera House as we went alongside. We had to be off the ship by 9am, so had an early breakfast and then sat in the lounge until it was time to go ashore. We disembarked and picked up our luggage before going through customs. We then got a taxi to our hotel, which was not far away. Our room at The Four Seasons was not ready, so we left our luggage in storage and went for a wander. We went into Mcdonald fire coffee, and then I got a text saying our room was ready, so we returned to the hotel and got our keys. Our...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2017 - Sydney
New Zealand. Auckland. 15th February 20deg . We go ashore and wander the city streets of Auckland. It is very hilly and Cheryl says it reminds her of San Francisco without the trams. Near to the cruise terminal the shops are very upmarket and touristy but as we move on it becomes more normal city shops. We ride a bus around and discover a very cosmopolitan population. Everyone seems to get on fine. 20 percent of the population of New Zealand is from China and 15 percent is Maori. Lots or people are mixed race so you can imagine the...Jump to full entry
Feb 13, 2017 - Flight 3
Our last day in Singapore. We checked out reasonably early and put the bags in storage, before heading out into town. We headed down to St Andrews Cathedral - not very big, but interesting. Walked along the river stopping for a drink in a cafe whose canopy was sponsored by standard Chartered! The heavens opened whilst we were there, so we stayed for a little while There were quite a lot of interesting sculptures along the river. We then got what slightly lost before finally heading back towards our hotel. Stopped a cafe for a last...Jump to full entry
Feb 10, 2017 - What time is it?
What a difference a day makes. One of the Assy's asked if we were going to Brecky? I said yes assuming he meant breakfast. We were at sea yesterday so I took a watercolor painting class which resulted in a postcard of sailboats. Met some lovely ladies from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Porta Rico, Canida, and Indonesia. Everyone spoke English or a version of it. Went to the library to read while husband napped. Listened to an interesting debate about Australia's Prime Minister. Things are the same everywhere just the names have...Jump to full entry
Feb 9, 2017 - Get us to the boat on time.
After checking out of our room we had an hour to wait for the bus. Airline buses arrived with Sing-a-pore flight attendants and pilots. All of the women were the same height and weight dark hair, full make up. Then came China air, the flight attendants were taller had white pants and long turquoise tunics. My favorite was the ones from the Dubia. I took a picture with them and I will try to load it. We paid at the airport to get picked up today at noon from the notorious Ready to Go bus service. 12:30 no bus, Called to see if they were...Jump to full entry
Feb 8, 2017 - Good day mate!
Wednesday: I have survived the 16 hour flight, we have made it through customs, had our luggage sniffed by dogs, walked through a hallway where they film you with your luggage, and then lined up for a final declaration check. An additional 2 hours have passed-then a 2 hour wait for the Ready to GO bus to hotel. Whose name does not reflect the speed at which the GO part is reached. It is raining and was about a block to board the van. We are soaked. I managed to develop a UTI during all this waiting and flying. I am miserable but trying not...Jump to full entry
Feb 8, 2017 - Ready to cruise
We slept 12 hours after being up 36 hours. I went in search of breakfast and bought some sort of roll up for commuters which contained some unidentifiable items, bacon, eggs, spinach,and something red and floaters in the thick pita bread. I was hungry so it was good. Yes, mom it seems the picky eater from my youth is long gone. Just waiting for my order I saw at least 10 different nationalities. Often waiting in line people say " Oh your American what do you think about your new president? And we reply "it is what it is." They in turn give...Jump to full entry
Feb 8, 2017 - Where did the time go?
Monday : It's 12:30 we are out of the hotel and sitting at LAX. Quantas does no check ins till 6:00pm. We have 5 hours before we can get rid of our luggage and go through security. We can not leave the area without boarding passes. This is the international terminal so you can hear several langueses spoken at any time. We ate a late breakfast .I had a small cranberry juice, 2 eggs, And a slice of wheat toast no butter. $16 Hubby had a full breakfast $24 so with tip $46. My slenterization program will work while we vacation because we will...Jump to full entry
Feb 6, 2017 - Water, Water Everywhere
We sailed into Sydney harbour very quietly Monday AM and awoke to the Opera House below us in full display. If one walked to the, starboard side of the ship the steel bridge built in 1932 was above us. The disembarking process went well and we managed to find our luggage in the masses. They had a system of Color coded times by departure time.. Some of the passengers were staying onboard to travel to New Zealand with a reduced itinerary. We had significant lineups for taxis; however we doubt any city in the world can cope easily with 2000...Jump to full entry
Jan 15, 2017 - So long, Sydney
9 January Settled in to our new housesit. Very comfortable, in the suburbs of Sydney. A hot evening and night though we didn't need to use the aircon. Leisurely start to the day, no dogs to walk nor the menagerie to feed, what were we going to do? A light lunch then we headed for the city. A couple of miles drive to the railway station where we caught the train to Circular Quay on Sydney Bay. The trains are clean, modern, air-conditioned and are double deckers. Did call at all stations including the airport so took about 30 minutes. Not too...Jump to full entry