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Mar 12, 2019 - Sydney

Great day in Sydney. After a 0430 getup to see entry to Sydney harbor,we spent most of the day on a walkabout seeing the city. We did several train rides and ferry boats and then returned to the ship for some tucker.AH had a mudslide to top off lunch.(after she saw me enjoying mine) Sailing south today. Melbourne tomorrow. G-day..R

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Australian Adventure

Feb 14, 2019 - UPDATE NOTES.....Sydney, Australia

Hi all A few more days at sea and more sites to see. Leaving Mystery Island in Vanuatu we travelled about 1000 nautical miles south to Tauranga in New Zealand from where we took a bus tour to Rotorau famous for its hot geysers and mud pools. The heated air and water comes from deep in the earth and comes out of vents in either pools of mud or as steam and water from fissures in the ground. The emissions are very sulfer loaded and the smell is very evident, its bad but interesting to see. From there we moved to Auckland where we had lunch...

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2019Trips

Jan 30, 2019 - Beautiful Sydney

Our trip to Sydney is uneventful, well sort of … Gail first leaves her phone in the bathroom at the airport, then she thinks in the bus to the hotel. While she is calling the bus company, I find that it on the floor fallen out of her purse. Then after happy hour drinks she leaves it on the bar and has to be chased down by the server. We are not off to a good start. We are staying at the Sir Stamford at the Circular Quay, a wonderful late 1800 hotel that has a lot of charm and an even better location. We can see the botanical garden and the...

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Cuba and New Zealand

Dec 27, 2018 - A long drive

after sitting down for 8 hours in the car driving from Ballina to North Sydney, we decided we needed to stretch our legs. So we walked down to McMahons Point and caught the ferry across to Circular Quay. we never tire of the harbour, no matter how many times we visit we are always drawn to it. We then walked acrosss to The Rocks and had a very nice fish and chip dinner, then made our way back to the ferry and began our journey back up hill to the hotel!! More on the battle of the bees that was fought out the other day - it seems the...

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New Adventures

Dec 11, 2018 - Jervis Bay to Sydney

9 December Beautiful morning. Headed out for Sydney. So out from Huskisson to the Princes Highway and headed north. Passed through Nowra, not a very pretty town, across the Shoalhaven River and along the estuary to Coolangatta and on up the coast on the Grand Pacific Drive. Looked in at the little towns along the way but the beaches were heaving, well it was Sunday and the first hot weather they had had for a while. Beautiful beaches and great facilities, but too many people and nowhere for us to park towing a trailer as we were. We drove...

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OZ and Tassie

Oct 30, 2018 - Last day in Sydney𯘕

Today is our last day in Australia. Every Sydneysider we met on cruise and elsewhere for that matter told us we had to take the ferry out to Manly Beach and spend some time. So that is what we did on our last day. It did not disappoint. As with the rest of Australia the views were stunning. We walked to Steely Beach and around town. Saw some beautiful multi-million dollar homes with amazing views. Best part, we saw whales. Albeit from a distance but we could see their spouts. Pretty cool. We ate lunch at a very nice microbrewery overlooking...

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Oct 29, 2018 - Hunter Valley Wine region

Uneventful flight back to Sydney. Always good. Saturday we just chilled and then went for a nice dinner at another Malaysian/Chinese restaurant near Circular Quay. Sunday we were up early for a tour to the Hunter Valley wine region. Again there was beautiful scenery, mostly farmland. The highlight was we saw kangaroos in the wild. They were out in a field and too far away to get good pictures but I was excited they were there. We stopped at three wineries with lunch at the second. Our last stop of the day was a chocolate shop. You know I...

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Oct 27, 2018 - Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Well, it’s been a while since I could post. We’ve been traveling and not had good WiFi connections. My last post was last Monday, the 22nd. On the 23rd we hopped on a flight to get to Ayers Rock and what they call the Red Centre of Australia. And it definitely deserves that name. Uluru is a sacred aboriginal place. It is a huge rock in the middle of the desert. Kind of like our Grand Canyon but above ground. We also hiked Kata Tjuta, another geological wonder. We stayed at a very nice resort hotel called Sails in the Desert. As you can...

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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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