Page 2 of John and Gloria Travels Travel Blog Posts

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi February 1st 2016

Well the Crowne Plaza was a very welcome place at 12.30a.m. after travelling for 24 hours - we were wrecked - lovely hot shower and straight to bed for a few hours. Thankful our bags made it with 3 plane changes. Up early Monday morning down for buffet breaky - it was fantastic - so many choices and very yummy what we had. Then we had decided to head out for the day and catch the Metro into old Delhi, but a little tuk, tuk driver coerced us into going with him, which in the end turned out to be a good move - $10 for about 6hrs taking us all over Delhi. So far so good, thought that Delhi would have been much worse that it is - there are so many green spaces around ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour January 26th 2016

Decided to drive to Sydney, so called into Wangaratta enroute to Sydney to take Es and Les out for lunch as Les turned 87 on the 20th January. Was a great pitstop lunch at the Sydney Hotel in Wang and then motored onto Sydney getting in at around 8.00p.m. Our apartment was terrific right on the edge of Darling Harbour and a few metres from where we were to catch our cruise for Australia Day. Adina Apartments in Shelley Street, would recommend if you want to be right in Darling Harbour. Ventured out for a well earned beer and some dinner after the long trip, chose Bungalow 8, which was very nice and overlooked the harbour. 25.1.2016 Up and out for breaky then for a long walk around Sydney, walked through the city to the Opera ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart December 13th 2015

Well had this side trip booked for a few months to celebrate our mate Mark's 50th birthday...he hadn't been to Tassie, so it was about time to explore. We flew down with Tiger without mishap and have a lovely little apartment in Sandy Bay just a couple of hundred metres off the Sandy Bay shopping strip, a two bedroom two bathroom with everything you could possibly need in old art deco home that has been renovated into 4 apartments..great spot! Flew down Sunday night so when we arrived decided to go to Solo Italian Pizza and Pasta...we were not disappointed one of the best meals we had in Tassie...linguini marinara was delish, as was John's spicy Calzone and Mark commented his pizza was the best he has had!! All washed down with a bottle of ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Harbour November 30th 2015

Well this is a very unexpected little jaunt we are going on!!! While having breaky with a friend on Friday my beautiful husband booked this last minute cruise, so here we are three days later in Sydney getting ready to head out of the harbor at 4.00p.m. en route to New Caledonia (we haven't been before, so I guess why not??!!). Very cheap cruise can't believe the price but anyway we will see how it all goes, P&O Pacific Jewell - so much for that diet we were embarking on! Luke Mangan's restaurant Salt has a great name so cant wait to book into that. Sailed out of Sydney Harbour around 4.00p.m., such a spectacular harbour, sailing under the harbour bridge is so cool! Already met some really nice people, had the sail away party on ... read more

Asia » China October 22nd 2015

Up early and on the road by 9.00a.m. first stop is a terracotta factory to show the type of soil the terracotta is made from and also the lacquer furniture..all very interesting... then onto a tea house for another tea ceremony, thoroughly enjoyed all the beautiful teas that were on offer and then went upstairs for lunch. Great lunch banquet with plenty of choices and always served with a bottle of beer! 22 degrees today so is a bit cooler and we are all thoroughly enjoying that. After lunch we walked to the entrance of the area of the terracotta warriors, quite a long walk and boy oh boy was it worth it...what an amazing site with all those terracotta pieces....can't believe that this was only discovered in 1974 when a local farmer, who didn't get ... read more

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing October 21st 2015

SATURDAY 17/10/215 Leisurely morning this morning, pick up 9.30a.m. and 1 hour to Beijing Railway Station for a 1.50p.m. departure for Yichang on the Yangtze River. Security checks, passports, tickets etc checked and double checked, one our of guys had bought a toy gun for his grand child, NO GO!!! Bags searched etc so throw that one away. Learnt this morning that one of group had died, we hadn’t seen them since the first day of arrival as he wasn’t feeling well…how horrible! His poor wife, they were from Tyabb. Like a sheep shed down at this railway station, thousands of people boarding trains to all over China, got away on time at 1.50p.m, lots of shananigans on the train, we have a very unusual family from Coffs Harbour, mother, son maybe 30-35 and the mums ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district October 15th 2015

Left hotel at 7.00a.m. this morning to head about 80klms out of Beijing to the Badaling section of The Great Wall, enroute visited a Jade factory but so expensive but interesting nonetheless. Our guide picked the Badaling section because it is not so crowded...good choice.. there was plenty of room to move around and not be bumping into people. It really was breathtaking! We only walked up a short section of the wall..very steep and steps all different heights etc, very difficult to walk up at some points but the view is so beautiful, looking across the lush mountain side. We both agreed one of the most amazing things we have seen. The whole length of the wall is over 21,196 kilometres, many deaths along the out guide said the Great Wall is a cemetery. ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district » Chaoyang Park October 12th 2015

Well its been an experience getting here! Such a long flight leaving Melbourne at 11.30p.m. on the 12/10 and arriving in Guangzhou at 6.00a.m. on the 13/10, Gloria having no screen working, so no movies, news or docos....they couldn't give a rats a...... thats China Southern! Another 3 hours to Beijing and sat on the runway for 20 minutes before they could find our bay to go in....??? just in the middle of the airport...down the stairs....bus for a long, long way and then 45 minutes to get luggage... was told they operate on chaos time here....true that! By the way if anyone wants to contact us do it through John's email only: as Facebook, Instragram and gmail banned!!! John has his gmail going through apple mail so OK but mine not working. Met our ... read more

North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Lancaster September 19th 2015

Had an easy drive up from Washington DC around 3 hours. Staying in Gap which is about 12 miles from Lancaster out in a small town in the countryside.. so pretty! Thought it would be nice to spend our last 3 days 2 nights in the countryside before heading back into NYC. We are staying in an Amish family's home in the township of Gap. Lovely young couple with two little kids 2 1/2 and 9 months... spick and span home with everything you need, they had gone away for the weekend so they rent out their home when they go away.. we have had some wonderful experiences with AirBNB and this is no different. They are not very strict, though no TV in house (which I guess is a good thing) as they seem to ... read more

After goodbye breaky with Blake and Suzy, left Toronto around 10.00a.m. and headed to Niagara on the Lake, a beautiful little town, probably one of the prettiest we have seen, had a walk around the streets walking along tree lined street with baskets, beds and pots of the most gorgeous colourful flowers everywhere, had lunch in a cute little restaurant.... this area has lots and lots of wineries around it.. so bought a couple of bottles of wine too! Another 25 minutes up the road to Niagara Falls, still as majestic as when we saw them back in 1992, the Canadian side has the best views...seeing we had already done the Maid of the Mist boat ride gave that a miss and walked along the footpaths to get the best view of the falls. We were ... read more

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