Grant Corrigan

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Grant Corrigan

Looking forward to our Oz trip starting in Feb 2014: Perth, Uluru, Adelaide, Great Ocean Road, Ballarat, Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney, Port Douglas, Noosa, Brisbane.....
............then home via Dubai where we hope to "chill" for a few days (not literally, or we'll be disappointed!).



Europe » United Kingdom » England » Suffolk » Stowmarket March 22nd 2014

Back home safe and sound - great trip.........but good to be back to our own house, looking forward to catching up with everyone.... read more

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 20th 2014

Basically a lazy day.........after the early morning run and gym visit.......breakfast........sunbathe by the pool.......afternoon tea........sunbathe by the pool, followed by steam room/sauna! Then pre-dinner drinks before we headed to Dubai Mall again (pic 1) to, primarily, see the Fountain light and sound show (pic 2) - which didn't photograph very well! Also took a pic of Burj Kalifa, the tallest tower here (anywhere?). Then, while waiting to get into the Cheesecake Factory, I took a pic of the huge aquarium (again not easily photographed). Believe it or not, I had a very tasty burger at the Cheesecake Factory! Took s couple of more pics in the mall and of the Waterfall - a spectacular fountain - and Burj Kalifa (from the pedestrian walkway),pics 4, 5, 6, before catching the metro back to the hotel......... ..........to get ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 19th 2014

Slept well last night........for whatever reason. Forgot to attach the pic of the pool from our floor last night (pic 1). I went down for a sauna and Rae did more gym work. Afterwards, had breakfast in the Dunes Cafe.......unbelievable array of food! Then it was pool time again......still sunny and 21 plus degrees! Stayed by the pool for around 90 mins before heading up for afternoon tea.......and our private taxi sightseeing tour, which was excellent. We covered a lot of ground before we got dropped off at the river boat ferry ( Atlantis Hotel, "Manhattan" skyline, Burj al Arab and beach, King's Palace, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Creek, river boat ferry (2-8). The Spice Souk was interesting and we got conned into buying some spices and a silk scarf (pics 9 and 10). Made our way ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai March 19th 2014

it was a long flight, a very long one............we arrived safely in Dubai at 05.00 local time after about 15 hours in the air. Took some melatonin tablets, which are supposed to help adjust your body clock and managed some sleep on the plane. Took a taxi to our hotel, The Shangri-La and was there by 6 o'clock. Unsurprisingly our room wasn't ready........but we offered an upgraded room complete with Horizon Club privileges, at an additional cost of course. Given that we didn't want to waste the day, we took it. Very well appointed room on 38th floor (probably not that high by Dubai standards!) with an uninterrupted view to the Gulf (Pic 1). The Horizon Club membership gave us access to a small gym and pool on the 42nd floor. After sorting ourselves out a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane March 17th 2014

Went to Jimmy's on the Mall (pic 1).......wasn't our Jimmy's, of course! Enjoyed our food, served by a very friendly waitress. Longish lie, for us, as we have been able to push back our check-out till Midday. Got packed and went out for breakfast downstairs before heading for a bit of sightseeing.......ring buying........lost my wedding ring a few years ago and thought that was about it was replaced, especially to since we celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss a few months ago. Took a pic of a hybrid church/tall building.....think that was St. Andrew's Uniting Church.....I like the sound of the philosophy (pic 2). After that we popped into a few jewellers before I found a ring that I liked - only problem being that it was a bit big. Still, with the wonder of technology ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane March 16th 2014

It was a bit noisy last night! Went to mass in St. Stephen's.......and got chosen to take the bread and wine up! Interestingly, the readings were about the journey of Abraham. Took some pics in Anzac Square where the War Memorial is (pic 1) before coming back for breakfast. We took the bus up to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens ( as opposed to the City ones) near Mount Coot-tha (pics 2, 3) where there was a tropical dome, Cactus House among lots of other stuff. Got the local service bus again up to the Mount Coot-tha lookout (pic 4), where we had a snack lunch.......a small (?!?) bowl of potato wedges. The bus was a bit late arriving for the return journey and we looked to keep out of the sun (another hot, sunny day on ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane March 15th 2014

Breakfasted in our hotel, The Outrigger - nice place, even if it was hard to find. After we checked out we went for a walk up to Bob's Lookout and on to Laguna Lookout (2 pics, both from Laguna). We then headed off on the drive to our hotel in Brisbane........we managed pretty well got there not long after 13.00. We decided that there was no point in hanging on to the car till tomorrow and, after taking the luggage up to our room, we found the Avis office and dropped off the car. Guess what.......they're celebrating St. Patrick's Day (early!) in Brisbane. On our first venture into the city (our hotel is very central), we saw some long queues outside the various Irish pubs......might be noisy tonight. Went in to the Tourist Info Centre.......very helpful. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa March 13th 2014

Hi, folks. Problems with the internet last night..........left Port Douglas yesterday and drove to the airport at Cairns where we caught our flight to Brisbane. We arrived 3'ish and picked up a car to drive to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. All went well until Noosa fell off the road signs........but we duly asked a friendly service station guy who confirmed that we were headed the right way. Got to Noosa, or Noosa Heads as it is more commonly known......and our pre-printed directions really fell apart! I'd assumed that Noosa was only a smallish place - wrong! I'd assumed that our hotel was a small boutique one - wrong! Our directions showed it to be near the Sheraton - wrong! Anyway, we got there in the end and were very pleased with our suite, especially the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 12th 2014

Had a lovely meal out last night with Sue and Mick. Rae and I shared the tiramasu for dessert......just as well as it was huge! The hotel got a call to say that our pick-up was pushed back till 08.40 so we wandered around the ponds of the hotel, seeing koi carp, barramundi (big fish!), and a couple of turtles (smaller than the Barrier Reef one). The coach duly arrived and we set off for the Mossman Gorge Centre where we had a cup of Daintree tea and a muffin sort of thing. The weather was appropriate for a visit to the rainforest........wet but warm. We participated in an indigenous welcome ceremony by a member of the the local tribe (or mob, as they call them here), the Kuku Yalanji - the bark of an eucalyptus ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mareeba March 10th 2014

Up at 3.50.......now 14.30.......might have to head down to pool for a snooze, and a swim of course! More than one novel experience this morning.........started this blog on the bus, which was obviously Wifi zone.........and had our first balloon flight. Picked up at 4.20 as promised.....a few other sleepy people on the bus........we made our way up to Mareeba in the Tablelands......got there at 5.40'ish, meeting the bus from Cairns there - 14 of us in total. We were doing the 60 min flight which was in reality 2 30 min flights. Lots of mosquitos around but the bus driver had a spray......had to walk, in the dark, through long wet grass........but it was well worth it in the end! Again the weather was very kind.......warm, even at that time, a bit cloudy......and there was very ... read more
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