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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne April 10th 2014

It's been already two weeks since we arrived Down Under, but keeping our blog up to date while driving around and camping has proven to be a real challenge. The biggest problem with that is that our laptop has quite a lousy battery-life, so normally it's out of power after few days on the road, otherwise it would be easy to write the blog during our evenings in the tent. We recently bought a car charger too, but unfortunately we can only use it to charge our phones and cameras. Up to now we have been around the most southern parts of this vast country, starting with three days in Melbourne. We loved Melbourne, it seemed like a city with lots of culture and art, and in some parts reminded us of London, especially the St ... read more
Melbourne - walking in the city
little blue penguins spotted in Melbourne, they say red light doesnt bother them
white kakadus on our first Aussie campsite

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » CBD April 10th 2014

Today we returned to the US from our vacation in Australia. It is sad that the adventure is concluding as there are lots of other things to see in Australia, but we are ready to come home. We had a shuttle transfer arranged at 7:45 to get us to the airport for our flight, so we got up about 6:00 to get cleaned up and packed in plenty of time. However in his zeal to get everything into the suitcases with a weight distribution which would satisfy the airlines, David kept packing things which were still needed. So there were several rounds of unpacking and repacking, only to be done all over again when something else was needed (by that time he couldn’t remember which bag had what things inside). At last we were ready and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas April 10th 2014

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita Issued at 12:59 pm EST Friday 11 April 2014. Refer to latest Tropical Cyclone Advice. This is what we were faced with as we awoke on Thursday morning. A Category 4 cyclone (which as I write is now a Category 5 which is the max, with peak winds forecast up to 300km/hour!!!), starting to head south towards the Barrier Reef area.....on that basis it was an easy decision to change flights and get back to Sydney on Thursday evening. So we had a leisurely morning in the appartment, went for a promenade through the town and then had a last Mocca's steak pie before heading off to the airport. We got back to Chez Colfers around 8.30pm and had a lovely evening with Chris, Rochelle, Derek and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 10th 2014

We had a great day today starting off with a sleep in. We then took a ferry ride over to Russell. We went for a bit of a drive and had a walk through the kauri Forrest. We then went back to Russell for lunch and a bit of shopping. David checked out some of the historical sites. We then returned home on the ferry. The weather has been just glorious. I have included a couple of photos of the views we have from the house we are staying in.... read more
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Our bedroom view

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch April 10th 2014

Donderdag 3 April 2014: Ik doe het rustig aan vanmorgen en ik heb eht geluk om in de keuken bij het achtergelaten voedsel een koppel eieren te vinden. Voldaan kruip ik op de fiets richting Tasman Gletsjer. Het is een rit van 8km, deels over gravel en vals plat. Aangekomen op de parking zet ik men fiets vlakbij de mooie overdekte pick-nick plaats. Er zijn verschillende kleine wandelingkjes en ik begin met de Blue Pools. Deze meertjes waren vroeger blauw door het smeltwater van de gletser maar nu zijn ze groen omdat er enkel nog regenwater in staat. De gletsjer is te ver afgesmolten. Na de lus kom ik terug om de hoofdweg en moet ik het eerste stuk dubbel lopen om uiteindelijk op het uitzichtpunt van de gletsjer zelf en het meer te komen. De ... read more
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Oceania » Australia April 10th 2014

Had our last look around the lovely town of Albany before heading off. Last time I was here with Mum we went out on the Kalgan Queen boat tour. When you board the boat Sam the seal comes to be hand fed, quite the attraction. Well some brain dead individual killed him the next year. So sad. The people of Albany have now built a memorial to him. Quite a long drive from Albany to Esperance so we stopped overnight at Munglinup roadhouse And left early getting to Esperance by 9.30a.m. Wow, we had heard how beautiful the beaches were here, they weren't kidding. Beach after beautiful beach, so we quickly set up camp at the Bathers Paradise Van Park and went sightseeing. We drove 40k east to the Cape Le Grand N.P. The prettiest national ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand April 9th 2014

-SP- Hoy a madrugar. Para las 5:30 ya estaba en pie, a las 6:30 en la terminal de Bluebridge, el ferry que me lleva a la isla norte. Al final el ferry ha salido casi 1 hora mas tarde, pero he aprovechado el internet gratis de la terminal. Despues de zarpar ha sido una hora muy tranquila por los fiordos, solo hacia mucho viento y llovia a ratos. Poco a poco se ha empezado a menear el ferry, a medida que nos acercabamos a mar abierto. Una vez en mar abierto hemos tenido una o dos horas (a mi se me ha hecho eterno) de mar embravecida, olas de 5-6 metros, y de vez en cuando algunas muy grandes, de frente. El barco, con sus 125m de largo subia y bajaba como un columpio a ratos. ... read more
The fjords
Entering open sea
Breaking the waves

Oceania » New Zealand April 9th 2014

-SP- Esta mañana he salido a las 10 del hostal, he estado desayunando sin prisa y reorganizando planos. Para colmo al cuarto de hora de estar en marcha me he dado cuenta de que me habia dejado una botellin de agua en el hostal y he tenido que volver. En algunas de estas vueltas por Paraparaumu he hecho mi km20000. Despues todo carretera, con lluvia poco intensa a ratos, por tanto a ponerse y quitarse capas de impermeable todo el rato. En Otaki he parado a comer, he conseguido unas chancletas nuevas en los chinos por 6NZD y he conseguido algo de informacion sobre alojamiento para hoy. La cosa pinta chunga, hay mucho pueblo pequeño en ruta, pero nadie sabe muy bien si hay camping o hoteles que permitan hacer camping, o alguna alternativa barata. En ... read more
Foxton Mill
Himatangi beach 360deg
Himatangi beach 180deg

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 9th 2014

David and I went on a fishing charter today. We had an early start at 6.30am. First up we had to catch our bait fish. This is the first time I have caught 2 lots of a 4 headed catch. The fish we caught for bait I would have been very happy to keep to eat if I had been at home. Then we went out looking for king fish. David caught the first one. The other two men on the boat caught another 3. Me, I caught none! Bugga!! I did catch some snapper though which was a lot of fun. I have included a photo of the fillet taken from the king fish as I didn't have my iPad with me to take photos. This one fillet fed the 4 of us tonight with ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 9th 2014

Arrived on queenstown today, so beautiful to fly in and see the fjords, lakes,mountains. our niece mary took the bus over from Christchurch and we met her as she got off the bus!! I think she was surprised to see us but happy for a familiar face. The hotel here has a shuttle to town or u can pay $10 each to ride the water taxi. Queenstown is on a lake.town is full of 20 some things and mary got a nice bed at a hostel with its own bathroom!! She got upgraded due to some guy booking a female room!!! Tomorrow we are taking an all day tour to doubtful sound supposed to be a clear day!!🚤🚤⚓️... read more
queenstown water taxi stop in front of hilton




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