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Jul 8, 2017 - The start of our Sydney adventure

We were firstly very impressed with the luxurious accommodation we had booked. We had a room along with a private bathroom in a very lovely two storey apartment. Adam decided to do the Sydney park run this involved a three kilometre run to get the park run itself, turns out all the walking we have been doing has not kept him fit although the run its self was beautiful. We decided to start our first day in Sydney on a free walking tour of the city. This tour was very informative, it started in front of the back to front St Andrews Cathedral....

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Jul 2, 2017 - Day 1

Arrived in Sydney 6am! Super excited. Taxi to harbour yha, quick shower and checked bags in. Explored circular quay and decided to get the ferry to manly, mainly to keep us awake! Lovely and warm in the sun, chilly out of it. Girls are shattered, Lily in particular. Met Reid and Kerry in phillips foot for lunch, lovely to see them but we were all fading fast. Quick visit to Coles for some supplies then a very quick tea before collapsing in to bed. fading fast.

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Australia 2017

May 31, 2017 - And we are off ...

We are off .... dogs placed in the boarding house, Ben farwelled and ready to start our trip. The trip to the International Airport was problem free and we have parked the car in the Valet Parking next to the hotel. A nice relaxing evening and preparing for a quick walk (5 mins) to the check-in before making our way to the lounge.

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May 15, 2017 - Kathmandu here we come courtesy of China Southern Airlines

Let the holiday begin.... a short taxi ride to the airport followed by a straightforward check-in. Once we cleared security we made a beeline for the tranquility of the Amercian Express lounge. Comfy lounges and complimentary drinks and food are ours for the next couple of hours as we await the departure of our 21:45 flight to Kathmandu via Guanzhou on China Southern. Flight time nine hours 40 minutes to Guanzhou. The aircraft was a somewhat noisy A330 and the flight was full with only a handful of westerners. The inflight service was OK,...

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May 7, 2017 - On our way

We are on our way! Left home in the cold and rain, and arrived in Sydney in mild conditions. We had a good flight to Sydney and no loud exclamations from C on landing! After about a 1 hr wait for the shuttle bus we traveled the short distance to Mascot. J&C met up with J's cousin and we all had a lovely "picnic" in our apartment. For those interested in such things, we had cheese, dolmades, olives, cheese pie, salad, and artichoke plus homemade slice and drinks. Plus a lot of chatting. I went to bed and left them to it! Thanks cousin!,

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May 4, 2017 - Sydney

We made our way to manly beach where we sunbathed (for about 5mins until it clouded over) and had a lovely lunch. Afterwards we caught the ferry back to Circular quay and walked through the botanic gardens. The past couple of days we have taken the train to Bondi beach, where we did the coastal walk to Bronte and had the classic fish and chips for lunch, unfortunately the weather wasn't great on our walk back. We had our first night out in Sydney with our friends who we met on the kiwi experience. The next day we went looking through the...

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Apr 9, 2017 - April 9, 2017 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

April 9, 2017 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia We docked at a different pier this morning than the one we sailed from last month. This had a real terminal building which made the whole process much easier. Also, since we were continuing passengers, they had given us a card which identified us as In-Transit Passengers. This made it much easier when we returned to the ship since we didn’t have to go through customs or anything. We just showed the card and could get back on just as though we were stopped at any other port. After breakfast,...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Let's Get Us Home - March 1,2017

Getting off the train in Sydney and catching a cab to the hotel Mercure was such an internal happy dance moment. That feeling of being in a blender and finally being poured out was utopia. It was still only 11:30am and we could not check in to our room until 3pm. Mardi Gras weekend was coming and they were full. So we checked our bags with the concierge and bought tickets for the hop on hop off bus and took a tour of Sydney. Some rain sprinkled on and off but with the heat it felt good. We got to see the famous Bondi beach, the houses on...

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Over to Downunder

Mar 11, 2017 - Day two

We leave the ship before 8am and speak to a lovely lady from the tourist board. She advises us about the bus we need to catch and the opal card we must buy first to use the public transport system. Once purchased we catch the bus to Bondi beach. The buses are very clean. Street names and area remind us of home. Oxford St, Victoria St, Paddington and Kings Cross. We even pass by Hyde Park. After a short bus ride we jump off and see the long golden sand of Bondi Beach. The sea is very rough although it is a warm day. The rollers are huge and...

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Mar 9, 2017 - Off to the beach.

GWe return to the ship after a very choppy tender ride indeed and the Commodore makes an announcement. We are expecting gale force winds and a very large swell over the next couple of days! Basically batten down the hatches and expect a lot of rolling. We have two sea days until we get to Australia and Sydney. The Commodore was right, it was pretty rough, he describes the seas as "confused", which I think means the waves are coming from a number of directions, it all adds to the excitement. The guests were staggering from one side to the...

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Mar 8, 2017 - March 8 – Brisbane, Australia

March 8 – Brisbane, Australia We arrived an hour late to Brisbane. The late start because of the wind and the rough seas all the way here took their toll on the arrival time. Still we were in port until 7 p.m. so it wasn’t a big deal. We had breakfast this morning with a couple from Hawaii in winter and Delaware In summer. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and its most populous city. It is the 3d most populous city in Australia. Its population is 2.3 million while the greater metropolitan area is more than 3 million. It located 9 miles...

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Mar 7, 2017 - March 6-7, 2017 – Sydney, Australia and Tasman Sea

March 6-7, 2017 – Sydney, Australia and Tasman Sea March 6 - Well, we didn’t manage to get anything done this morning. We slept in. We had a leisurely, huge breakfast at the hotel. I ordered scrambled eggs and bacon. I was expecting 2 or 3 slices of bacon but there must have been 8-10 slices. The homemade wheat toast was great as well. After breakfast, we went back to the room, got our hand carried luggage and went down and checked out. We caught the Oceania bus to the port and were there by noon. Four (4) hours later we were finally...

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