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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise June 27th 2014

Had a wonderful dinner last night at the Banffshire Club - very old worldly restaurant - typical of the era it was built! Breaky then up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff and then took the 364 steps up and down the board walk to get the highest view overlooking Banff and the Banff Springs Resort, just amazing - Mark had acclimatised to the altitude and made it all the way - so proud he did it!!! He was too!!! Then back down to Banff for lunch, had picked out a great little place before we left home, Bruno's Bar and Grill, great lunch with a couple of beers then headed through the rockies to Lake Maurine near the Ten Peaks - another amazing site! The lakes are just gorgeous turquoise color and so clear. Mark ... read more
LAKE MORAINE
SULPHUR MOUNTAIN BANFF
BANFF SPRINGS RESORT

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff June 25th 2014

Woke at a more civilised hour this morning, after 14hrs on that train we were wrecked last night, thats Melbourne to LA!! Because we are on the Gold floor of the Banff Springs Hotel Resort we have our own lounge and breakfast is served there, also snacks, coffee, teas, drinks, wines, beers etc whenever you like to visit. This place is absolutely stunning! Weather very cloudy this morning so after a few hours waiting to hear if our helicopter rides were on - unfortunately they were cancelled because of too much low cloud!! Boooo! were so looking forward to it, but by 5.00p.m. we could have so done it! All clouds disappeared from mountains. Anyway took a tour of the resort, so interesting and so many gorgeous rooms, function centre, conference centre (seats 2000 for sit ... read more
TOUR
BANFF SPRINGS RESORT
BANFF SPRINGS RESORT

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff June 25th 2014

Vancouver to Kamloops - RED HOT DAY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE!!!! Up very early for our early morning embarkation on the Rocky Mountaineer. Departed Vancouver at around 8.00a.m. Very slow and scenic journey through lush farming areas, then through lots of canyons and our rail coaches hugging the mountains overlooking lakes etc. Very, very pretty. As we got closer to Kamloops the canvas changed completely becoming desert like but still very hilly - we had a lovely gourmet breaky and lunch - the Gold Leaf Service is the way to go - with the glass top and huge windows for the best views of everything! As the day wore on it became very warm, outside and inside the train - John not too patient as it got hotter the blood pressure was rising - off ... read more
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
EN ROUTE BANFF
EN ROUTE BANFF


Our last day in Vancouver today, has been sensational with gorgeous weather. Had a meet up with the rest of our tour last night for dinner at our hotel, all aussies on our tour. This morning up early and got the shuttle out to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park and rain forest - that was great as we arrived early not too many people - spent 2-3 hours there doing a few walks and soaking up the atmosphere, fantastic park but the heights were not good for me, we had a lot of laughs - think we are still so tired - we are delirious! Then we decided to get another bus up the mountain to Grouse Mountain and took the gondola and then the chair lift up to the peak of the mountain - ... read more
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
A REAL GRIZZLY

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver June 20th 2014

Having a wonderful time in Vancouver, such a pretty, clean and friendly city! A long haul from Melbourne though, left Melbourne 9.30a.m. 19/6 and flew 14 hours to LA, layover of 3 hours, then another 2hrs45min flight to Vancouver, only slept a few 20 minute cat knaps! Arrived in Vancouver around 12.30p.m. on the 19/6, met by a representative of APT and put in a stretch Limo to our gorgeous hotel Rosewood Georgia a great position in the CBD. Didn't waste the afternoon and did not want to fall asleep, so set out to the bank to get money changed and then set off on a long walk to Gastown (a very quaint and funky area) where we browsed some shops and spotted the The Flying Pig Bar and Restaurant, a great little place, AND happy ... read more
GASTOWN
VANCOUVER JAZZ FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER JAZZ FESTIVAL

Oceania » Australia » Victoria »  Yarraville June 18th 2014

Fly out tomorrow morning!!... read more

Asia » Maldives » Raa Atoll April 30th 2014

Our last day here at this magnificent resort, we both have to say that this has been the most relaxing weeks holiday we have ever had, just sensational! Save up and come to the Dusit Thani!!! Everything has been absolutely perfect, from the bungalow, restaurants, staff, magnificent spa, gym and the island itself we couldn't fault it, this place is really a paradise! Another afternoon of relaxing and snorkelling, after our session with Lauren, John has been searching for all the nasty fish, they are not too nasty though, none of them will attack you unless you touch them or stand on them, thats why you never try and stand anywhere in the coral, as the coral will die if you stand on it, and there might be a stone fish disguised, who are the LITTLE ... read more
WINE ROOM
SAND BAR
INFINITY POOL

Asia » Maldives » Raa Atoll April 28th 2014

Had a wonderful afternoon snorkelling on the reef just off the island, so many colourful and pretty fish - something different every few feet - we all thoroughly enjoyed it and John took loads of photos on his Go Pro - finished off the arvo with a drink at the Sand bar and a swim in the infinity pool - the Dusit has the largest infinity pool in the Maldives - magnificent spot with a huge banyan tree in the centre of the pool. The sea life is in abundance, they are very protective of their reefs and sea life, so they should as it is a UNESCO site, the Dusit Thani has a resident marine biologist who educates kids as well as informing everyone about the area and going out on dives and snorkelling trips. ... read more
SNORKELLING
SUNDAY ARVO
GO PRO

Asia » Maldives » Raa Atoll April 26th 2014

What a wonderfully relaxing break. Had a very quiet day yesterday, familiarising ourselves with the island, going to an orientation for the island waters, tides, currents, being fitted out with all the snorkelling gear. Returned home to give our gear a try out in front of our bungalow on the reef as Sunday Desmond is off and we are heading over the other side of the island for a couple of hours of snorkelling. In afternoon had a nap, swim, G&Ts by the pool, nibbles at Desmond's place before heading out to dinner at the Benjarong Thai Restaurant, and had a magnificent feast there. Had another fun filled day at the Dusit, the chief engineer took us for a "back of house tour", which was absolutely amazing to learn how they survive on this island for ... read more
DUSI THANI
BUNGALOWS OVER THE WATER
ONE OF FOUR BREAKFAST STATIONS

Oceania August 30th 2013

Had a beaut day in tn the Bay of Islands, we were anchored quite a way off shore and were tendered into Waitagi Wharf which took about 20 minutes. The weather was still a chilly 12 degrees but sun was shining - was very pleasant walking around the area. Took a local ferry across to Russell - where the first licensed hotel in New Zealand is situated - Duke of Marlborough - had a yummy lunch of fish and chips and a nice bottle of local Syrah. Could have sat over lunch for another hour or two, Rae and Jim joined us for the day - a great time had by all. Russell is a very quaint little village - can see why so many people come to this area for holidays etc - the whole ... read more
RUSSELL WHARF
SAILAWAY
BAY OF ISLANDS




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