Sydney, Australia family of four love travelling to new and exciting places with twin daughters (Sophie & Emma))

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From: Sydney lives in Forestville,NSW,Australia
Languages: English
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu September 16th 2017

September is holiday time! We all need a good holiday, somewhere that is relaxing and allows us all to chill out. It has been a stressful year for us all. The kids first year at High school, and mum & dad totally exhausted from working far too hard band doing far too much! So we are off to FIJI to enjoy some "Fiji Time" We have booked at Double Tree Resort by Hilton Fiji on Sonaisali Island on the west coast of VITI LEVU one of the islands of Fiji. Two days before leaving Celina decided to confirm our accomodation and in the process upgraded our accommodation to an Ocean Front Bure. Only another FJD800. Hope that tree back home is being watered? The forecast for the week (16 -24 September) is between high 20's and ... read more
Double Tree entrance
Sonaisali Island

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Mascot January 29th 2015

Geo: -33.9383, 151.18Den & Rick picking us up... read more
The Piano Player, Ged Scott

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 24th 2015

Geo: 25.2561, 55.2477Woken at 3am uk time (7am dubai) on board QF002 with just 60 minutes to landing and breakfast is served, pretty ordinary just a cheese and onion toasted sandwich!It appears Celina watched a movie and didn't sleep too well, I slept the. Whole journey as I was well and truly exhausted, and the kids had a pretty good sleep.Airport is huge and extremely exotic, big columns, very high ceilings, lots of glass, waterfalls, palms and LED lights, very nice indeed and very clean. Cleared customs without any issue and proceeded to the exit where we arranged a larger than normal cab as we are now five people and 11 bags plus carry is amazing how much we travel with...things will have to change big time, next time!!!!!Whilst Dubai has a population of just ... read more
Punta Arenas as seen from the ship
Statue in square
Souvenir sellers & Statue

North America » United States » California » Millbrae January 20th 2015

Geo: 37.6151, -122.382Well what a day!Up the easiest of any day on our holiday so far! Yes all but one wide awake at about 04:00 and talking. Had showers and met everyone in the restaurant for the included breakfast, typical Hilton spread so we won't be hungry, that's for sure.I booked the "Original London Tour" for 48 hours with the Concierge and obtained directions to bus pick up point. So now organised for the day.All had a nice breakfast and off we went for a short walk to the collection point. It was probably ten blocks and took 30 minutes. I have found in both USA & UK support staff seem to have no comprehension of distance.Blue sky's today and about 2 degrees, very chilly!On the bus, very clean and in good condition (compared with those ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom January 19th 2015

Geo: 51.4748, -0.0684857Landed a bit rough!Bright blue sky's and temperature just 1 degreeNot quite last off the plain, collected bags, all in good shape, almost immediately. Got through customs without any hassle, no bag X-ray area, no inspections what so ever, very casual indeed. Found a larger than normal London cab, loaded the bags and off we went for what we anticipated to be a 30 minute ride. It turned into over 60 minutes and UK$81 later that's $AU150, extortion indeed!London Metropole Hilton Hotel is very nice indeed. Checked in all rooms were ready but Dad and Keith and Joe handn't yet arrived from Leicester on the train. ....they travelled 1st Class. We were now pretty much shattered, it's 13:00 in London but 05:00am in New York so we have been going for just on 20 ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 18th 2015

Geo: 37.7855, -122.411Our last day before a long 10 hour flight to London. I was up at 07:00 trying to fit everything into 6 bags because I was determined to limit the excess we now we're going to have to pay. Then rest of the family were up Around 8:30, showered and completed last bits of packing. Off to find somewhere a bit cheaper for breakfast, but nobody would make up their minds in terms of what they wanted. Finally found Levys Dugout, seemed to be a keen Giants baseball fan club. Big breakfast and half what we paid yesterdayBooked an SUV, called the bell boy and then checked out. Had a debate about Internet charges but won the argument and saved $105. Off in the SUV at 12:30 and headed to the airport for our ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 17th 2015

Geo: 37.7855, -122.411It's now 08:30am and everyone is still very much asleep.....we intend taking it easy today, just wandering he city, particularly Union Square. Interesting to note that whilst large retailers were in abundance in New York they were spread far and wide where as in San Francisco they seem to more clustered together, so shopping should be much easier. Shopping is likely to just be looking because a) we have no space for anything more and b) funds are drying up seriously....but we will see, you just never know what might happen....and as Vesna commented Iin the past few days...."life is short - so enjoy" we will continue to enjoy this most remarkable holiday!!Forecast for today is continued overcast and temperature of 16 degrees.Finally off to find breakfast, much more difficult in San Francisco. ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 14th 2015

Geo: 37.7829, -122.41Well as expected everyone slept in just a bit given we didn't get to bed till after midnight and that was after 3:00 am NY time. Anyway up and about found some breakfast and the Tourist Info booth. Purchased a 3 dat transit pass for $100.00. Public transport is great in SF far Jess cabs than NY. Took the cable car up Powell Street past Lombardi street and down to Fishermans wharf. Walked a few kms along Fishermans wharf and had lunch at Boudins, I had a Clam Chowder in sourdough pot, yummy. Walked a bit further and booked a table at Rainforest Cafe, a place we tried to get into in Orlando. Then on to the Exporatorium Musem...some fascinating items on display, and the kids really enjoyed themselves.Returned to the hotel by tram ... read more

North America » United States » New York January 13th 2015

Geo: 40.7614, -73.9863Expecting our new suitcases today before we checkout at 12:00 noon. Made call to United about claiming for damaged bag. Left Celina with this while I went to the FedEx office to collect our new suitcases. All collected ok an returned to hotel via taxi and re packed everything.First stop Aeropostle to exchange a T Shirt, we ended up buying a new jacket, scarf and beanie for Sophie, before rushing off to Rockefeller Centre for Top of the Rock, only to find that when we got there our New York pass had expired yesterday so if we wanted to view we are up for $94.00. Some solid pleading by Celina and they treated us as an exception and let us in. Even upgraded us to Privileged Visitor which for $5.00 came with a picture ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn January 12th 2015

Geo: 40.6756, -73.971... read more

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