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Jun 29, 2016 - Friends, friends and more friends!

Hi Everyone Many years ago in the year 1990 (!) we emigrated to Australia with Tina then aged 5 and Alasdair who was 4. We enrolled Tina into Hurstville Grove Infants School, a school of only 70 pupils and that is were we made some very good friends and a couple of these friends, Kim & Ken and Annette & Clive, now live on the Gold Coast in Queensland so that was our next destination. We did our usual thing and parked in front of their homes and made good use of their showers and washing machines. Thanks guys. It was great fun spending time...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Going, Going...Tomorrow

Sat.14th March 2015 Weather: - Partly cloudy/27 Degrees Tomorrow we are off again and I expect the morning will be a long one as the MSC Orchestra will not be docking at Fishermans’ Island Brisbane, (the Grain Terminal) until 1pm and as we are already packed and suitcases weighed on the best scales around—Tweed Hospital, (I figure they have got to be right) we are ready for the ‘OFF’. The reason for the weigh in is because as we generally travel ‘light’ and we are only on board the Orchestra for 7 days and hand washing is an option I am...

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Mar 12, 2015 - Orchestra Versa Voyager

MSC Orchestra Name: MSC Orchestra / Operator: MSC Cruises Port of registry: Panama / Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique Cost: US$480 million / Completed: 2007 Status: In Service / Class and type: Musica-class Cruise Ship Tonnage: 92,409 GT / Length: 964 ft Beam: 32.31 m / Decks: 17 Speed: 23-knot Capacity: 3,200 passengers / Crew: 987 Voyager of the Seas Name: Voyager of the Seas / Operator: Royal Caribbean International Port of registry: Bahamas, Nassau / Builder:Kværner Masa-Yards, Finland Cost: US$650 million / Completed:...

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Mar 11, 2015 - I'm Still Here!!!!

So you thought that you had heard the last of me 'cause I did not finish my last journal well there were reasons for that, I have been feeling very low of late, have still not fought of my bronchial infection (immune system is kaput) but with a bit of help from my oncologist I should soon be on top of that situation again. So what do you do when in that situation-----Well go on another cruise of course. For about 2 years now I have known that MSC (whom we have cruised with in the Mediterranean and love the atmosphere on board) was sending...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Coolangatta to Sydney

Fri 23rd Jan 2015 Weather:-Raining Coolangatta/Sunny Sydney Tiger Air TT607 Dep:-Coolangatta 9am Arr:-Sydney 11:30am Today it is Tiger Airways that is taking us from Coolangatta to Sydney and’ Yes’ we have heard all the bad reviews about Tiger Airways but in order for us to do the amount of travel that we do we need to do it in the most economical way possible. In the past we have also travelled with Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas, all listed in the most economical to dearest order so it is safe to say the other airline that we have travelled...

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Dec 15, 2014 - Brisbane-->Coolangatta

Monday 15 December 2014 Weather:-24 Degrees/Sunny We Got Back, Our Suitcases Got Back, Washing is Done, Ready to Pack our suitcases tomorrow as we are off again on Thursday; first to go to Sydney for 3 days to give that lovely little Elke some cuddles then through to Adelaide to give Claudia and Luke some cuddles. YEAH!!!!!!! The End..........

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Med. Melodies Encore

Nov 7, 2014 - Going, Going..Nearly Gone?

The excitement is starting to build and it is hard to believe that we will be on the other side of the world again in 2 days time where we will be visiting my favorite art gallery namely ‘The Hall of the Senate’ in Palazzo Ducale, Venice once more. In the past I have marveled more there than in the Sistine Chappell but that may change this trip as the Sistine Chappell now has a new improved lighting system giving a sharper, clearer view of all the masterpieces that adorn the place and hopefully as we will be there in a low tourist season we...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Oct 18, 2014 - Ready, Steady----Go, Go, Go

Things to do in the next 3 weeks:- Go to Sydney!!!!LARISSA AND RON ARE HAVING A BABY!!!!! Hip Hip Hooray...Hurry up Larissa, you only have 3 weeks ha, ha, Maybe it would help if I took you for a little drive around Sydney? "No" you say-but, but, WHY?? Apart from that we are ready for TAKE OFF our flight leaves Brisbane three weeks from now and 'All Is Quiet In Coolangatta' Flight tickets--Done Cruise tickets--Done Italian Train tickets--Done All apartments and hotels booked and confirmed--Done Rang Up the Bank and told them where we are...

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Med. Melodies Encore

Oct 16, 2014 - Gum Boots--Needed????

(Big Bertha Suitcase--formerly known as Freddie Suitcase) Oops, yes, I have had a slight gender re-alignmet while I was redundant in the wardrobe, gotta keep life interesting! Wacky Doo,I’m free once more. I’m out of that wardrobe at last and I have heard a rumour that I’m employed again. She nearly planned on taking that hard shell suitcase that has moved in with me but the threat of High Tides while in Venice and the fact that I can be back-packed has swung this trip my way. After Venice we are going on a 23 day cruise up and down the...

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Mar 24, 2014 - Wet and Wild (Best Day Out)

Monday 24th Today was going to be another big day out, we are going to Wet and Wild. Steph was not keen on the rides at Movie World or Sea World, so we were not expecting to do much today. The day starts out very fine but a bit cloudy. We arrived at 10 am, just as the park was opening. There was a large number of people waiting to go in, even though it is a school and work day. It didn't take us long to get into the park, the VIP pass made it very quick. The first thing we did was checked out the map, Steph noticed everyone hiring lockers...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Sightseeing and the Australian Outback Spectacular show

Saturday 22nd Today I have the car booked into the Mitsubishi dealer in Tweeds Head (NSW) I thought it was due for a service (70,000 kms) but it is not due until 75000, but we have been unable to open the glove box, it has jammed locked. So these guys are going to sort that out for us. This is the second time this has happened (must be a fault with this model Pajero) Anyway we had the car to them at 9am NSW time, Steph and I went for a walk to a large shopping center just up the road. After a while (long) Steph found an outfit that she...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Sea World

Friday 21st Today we headed off to Sea World at 9am, the park opens at 9.30 and the rides and shows start at 10am. As we have pre purchased our 3 park VIP Pass we had no problem at the gates and just walked straight through. After the first photo for the day !! at the gate. As the first show was the Seals at 10:15, we headed straight to them, had to wait a short while before the show started. The show was about a con man who was catching all the fish in the ocean and then selling them, leaving none for the Seals. An entertaining show that...

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