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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 8th 2012

Hi friends & rellies, This is our travel blog which we intend to use as a way of keeping you posted about our travels. It will also be a record of our BIG HOLIDAY. We hope to post reasonably regularly and to include photos - once I work out how! You will have received an email from me with the blog address. ~ M... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 10th 2012

On Thursday I took a 2 hour train ride from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. I had heard a little about them, and decided to go, not really knowing what to expect, except that it was a national park. On the way there I took the time to read the Australia Lonely Planet guide (mostly its history and then read the few pages about the Blue Mountains). The sights on the way there are totally different from what you can see in Sydney, it’s practically a rainforest. I got off in Katoomba (small touristic town) and walked down the main road (Katoomba Road), where I arrived at “Echo Point, the lookout of “The Three Sisters”, a renowned rock formation there. Of course, when I arrived, the whole valley that forms beneath the cliff was covered by ... read more
Blue mountains - Katoomba
The Three Sisters
Blue mountains - Katoomba Falls

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains February 4th 2012

Background In June 2011, Lorenza and I travelled to Laos and stayed with the family of one of my workmates. They live in a small village near the capitol Vientiane. The village is situated on the banks of the Mekong River and most of the residents earn their meagre living as farmers or farm labourers. They lead a simple lifestyle and supplement their diets with whatever can be provided from the Mekong, such as fish, snails, muscles, etc. While we were in the village we saw a lot of village children playing and enjoying the start of their school holidays. The kids were all happily poking fun at the “falangs” (foreigners) who were watching their antics. We saw one young girl that was a bit left out and did not join the other kid’s games. We ... read more
Tong & Ting
Lunch Invitation
the Menu

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 17th 2012

Day two of Jo’s visit started with an early morning wake up and walk down to Sydney Central station to catch the 7am train. To mark the accomplishment of getting up so early we celebrated with cheese & ham and almond croissants, and settled in for the two hour train journey to Katoomba station. Upon arrival we suddenly felt under dressed as it was a little chilly, so wrapped up in all our layers and jumped aboard the explorer bus. We quickly became acquainted with our driver Scott who was a joyful fountain of knowledge informing us that the bus actually came from from Scotland originally, as well as demonstrating his appreciation for foreign languages by greeting everyone in there native tongue. We soon arrived at our first stop, the Scenic Skyway which transported us across ... read more
Happy Jo - with Coffee and an Almond Croissant
Jo waiting for the Skyway
Views from the Skyway

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 16th 2012

Sydney I was soo excited when I woke up because we were going to see Janice, Fiona, Andrew, Richard and Little Grams. We spent the last 3 days in awesome Sydney. It's so awesome because it looks like a wonderful place with wonderful family. The first day we dropped the caravan off to dad's friends. They are really nice. They have a baby. His name is James and he has Down Syndrome too. He is sooo cute. I made him laugh his head off. I made the toy chicken walk and fall off the table. Then we got to Janice's. I made Janice a present. I painted her some coffee cups. I put red on it cause that is her favourite colour. I put Tigger on it for Fiona cause they love that cat. She loved ... read more
Janice, Fiona,Richard and us
The bridge
My art work @the opera house


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 9th 2012

Hi All, We hope everyone had good New Year Celebrations and are getting into the swing of 2012! Anton and I are now on a health kick as carbs, biscuits and chocolates have crept up on us and the clothes are feeling tight! We will hopefully be back to our normal sizes by the time we return home! Firstly I need to say 'woohoo' to Holy Cross as we came 1st in the Plymouth league tables! I'm so chuffed and gutted I wasn't there to share the celebrations. Well done everyone and a special shout out to Mrs Cotter who was instrumental in getting Holy Cross to the top!! Well, we had a few more days in Bondi after New Year and spent some time relaxing on the beach - which was full of gorgeous, fit ... read more
View of Sydney from Watson's Bay
Anton relaxing at Watson's Bay
One of the only photos we could get of Rory!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains January 6th 2012

Bright and breezy, I flew out of bed this morning at 6.30am, somewhat fortunate that there were no others in my dorm last night so able to make as much noise as I liked. Today I'm off horse riding, something that I've not done in 20 years so I'm excited, terrified and thinking it can't be any worse than a bungee jump... The drive to the stables takes about an hour, through the early morning mist of the Blue Mountains, which is eerie yet serene. The sat nav conks out half way but as it's a straight road, I'll be OK (and I'll also make sure I get my money back from the car rental place for giving me the dodgy kit in the first place!). As I get to the stables, it's a field, with ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains November 15th 2011

Hello again! It's been awhile since I have written but I have returned from New Zealand safe and sound! I headed straight back to Uni and I haven't had the chance to update this blog. However, my exams finish on November 26 so after that I will recount my adventures and add some photos from across the ditch. Suffice to say I had some amazing experiences and met some beautiful people. In the meantime I would like you to check out this competition I have entered to find the best pineapple recipe this summer (as voted by Australia)! The prize is $1000 and would be a great help in funding my next adventure. My recipe is Shaved Pineapple with Minted Sugar. It is simple, healthy and delicious so go out, buy an Aussie pineapple and try ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains September 21st 2011

Obwohl gerade erst gefrühstückt, haben wir ein frühes Mittagessen am Mt. Victoria im Hotel Imperial, ein nettes viktorianisches Gebäude mit dem ältesten funktionierendem Wasserklo der Welt (errichten zwischen 1901 und 1902). Weiter geht’s über einen Bergrücken zum Mount Tomah Botanical Garden. Sehenswert, mit toller Aussicht! Dann fahren wir zurück nach Sydney und machen noch einen kurzen Bushwalk ums Haus, dann müssen wir eh schon packen. ... read more
Ohne Worte
Hotel Imerial
Das älteste WC der Welt

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains September 20th 2011

Nach dem Frühstück geht’s los. Mit Janet und Frank fahren wir zum Echo Point mit toller Aussicht auf eine Felsformation, die „Three Sisters“ (Drei Schwestern) genannt wird. Die Blue Mountains sind atemraubend (nicht nur wegen der ca. 40 Buschfeuer, die in der Nähe zu sehen und zu riechen war). Irgendwie eine Hochebene mit tiefen Tälern und Schluchten, die in unglaubliche Farben leuchten. In der Nähe gibt es eine Touristenattraktion „Scenic World“ genannt. Ehrlich, wir hätten das nicht besucht. Die steilste Schienenbahn der Welt hinunter ins Tal, eine kurze Wanderung zur Seilbahn und wieder hinauf. Klingt sehr touristisch, oder? Mit dieser Meinung steigen wir ein. Es geht nach unten, nicht aber ohne vor dem die Titelmelodie von „Indiana Jones“ zu spielen. Mein lieber Spitz aber, die Bahn ist wirklich steil! Sie geht durch Felstunnels nach unten; es ... read more
three sisters
wunderbare aussicht

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