bvchef's Guestbook



11th April 2018

Tourists and Travellers
I love your distinction between tourists and travellers. I completely agree with you, and much prefer to be the traveller myself. Sometimes you just have to be the tourist though in order to see such amazing places, and I, like you, often find myself having to find peace with it, as sometimes it's just what you've got to do. Amazing photos, and what colour and contrast between shade and light :)
11th April 2018

It is a struggle for balance
Thank you Alex. I had a felling when I wrote this blog that many would be able to relate. It is something that comes with the territory sometimes. Seeing the color and contrast made it all worth it. I am glad you are following along.
11th April 2018

Sipping coffee & listening to the birds!
Such wonderful decadence I say! There should be more of it. Pleased to read Brendan that you've walked a bit of the Great North Walk; something that I did over a weekend a few years ago. Must do it again. Thanks for the photos of the beautiful Pacific Ocean at Whale & Palm beaches. Once you're settled back home do get yourself a copy of Simon Winchester's "Pacific The Ocean of the Future". It's a great read and to quote some of the blurb on the back of the book; "Following his acclaimed bestseller on the Atlantic Ocean, Simon Winchester presents an utterly enthralling account of the Pacific and its pivotal role in the modern world." I'll second that!!
11th April 2018

Decadent for sure
Thanks for the comment and book suggestion Michelle. I will look that up. Yes, this was special day. I had a great set of tour guide/hosts who made certain I was getting a taste of the real Sydney.
10th April 2018

Idyllic
That was an idyllic day Brendan. Just sitting around chilling, laughing and chewing the fat until 3pm with no pressure of go go go was a serenity in spades. Then to Whale, Palmy and Pittwater for Sydney's most northern beaches at their deserted and pristine best. When we raised our wine glasses to toast the sunset our camaraderie and united pleasure was palpable. Thanks for being part of such special times.
11th April 2018

What a perfect work
Idyllic is the perfect word to describe that morning and day. I am so grateful to have been part of that special time. Truly a day to remember.
10th April 2018

Beaching it Brenno!
Dave here....another good read. I just know you had a fabulous time!
10th April 2018

Thanks David
A fabulous time was had by all. Thanks for the comment.
10th April 2018

Stars
I can very much imagine how beautiful the stars must have been there in the Australian desert night sky. Living in cities we rarely get to see them in their natural splendour. Sounds like a beautiful evening :)
10th April 2018

They were stunning
Being out in the desert and seeing these stars was a highlight of the trip. I forget how beautiful the night sky can be where there are no lights.
10th April 2018

Please add some of these pictures to...
https://www.travelblog.org/Topics/20789-8.html of Travelbloggers getting together!
11th April 2018

What great idea
Thank you so much for that suggestion. I don't know why I didn't think of it. Pictures have been uploaded. Thank you
8th April 2018

Well done!
Well done Brendan! And what a unique way to experience Sydney Harbour Bridge! I imagine indeed you enjoyed the bottle of water and taxi ride back to the hotel again, after this great achievement :)
8th April 2018

I Agree
Thank you Alex, it really was a unique way to experience this. Although not a scary or difficult climb, it isn't something that would appeal to everyone. Standing up top, feeling the breeze was a great way to shake off the over-indulgence of the train. Thanks for following and for commenting.
5th April 2018

Sydney Opera House
So glad you like our beautiful Opera House Brendan. My husband Kev designed a lot of the lights etc there, so we feel that we are part owners of the place!
5th April 2018

A Personal Connection
How awesome is that? I love that you have a personal connection with the opera house. Those are the stories that bring a city to life.
4th April 2018

Please, sir, I want some more!
"The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear." - With apologies to Charles Dickens! I'm not saying that any of our party at Denise & David's Travelblog lunch were fat but, like Oliver Twist, we sure wanted more of the delectable feast which Denise prepared for us all together with your help Brendan. It was a wonderful way to meet fellow travelbloggers and I'm extremely grateful to have received an invite! So glad that you were able to experience music at The Basement as unfortunately Sydney's iconic music venue is closing its doors. "The Circular Quay nightspot first opened in 1973 and is one of Sydney's oldest jazz venues. Over the years it has become a stalwart of the city's broader entertainment and live music scene, hosting everything from cabaret shows to intimate Neil Diamond concerts." Report courtesy SMH 26/03/18. So, lucky you Brendan!!
5th April 2018

That we did!
What a wonderful quote to go with the story. I love it. I am very glad that you were able to make it so I could meet you. Also glad I was able to enjoy a show at the Basement. Such sad news. I know the Hoppers will be very unhappy with that. But, on a happier note, looking forward to your next trip and blogs.
4th April 2018

Harbour Bridge Climb
Someone has been inspired by your blog to imitate your adventure but did it on his own in the middle of the night. Attempts to retrieve him were eventually successful but caused total chaos as the main thoroughfare into the Sydney CBD was closed for five hours. Traffic was affected as far back as Parramatta (nearly 50 kms away) and traffic queues were over 3 hours for some. You need to curb your enthusiasm - not :).
4th April 2018

Holy Cow
That must have been quite a mess. I can't imagine how much chaos there must have been. True, my descriptive commentary may have lead to this, but hopefully the authorities won't know. Shhhhhh. I hope I can count on your discretion. lol. Thanks for such a fun comment. It made me laugh.
3rd April 2018

Upgrade
We went to such an effort to prepare the Vermillion Room for you...even cleaned the spa jets so you could have a floating sleep experience among our flora and fauna. And then you turned out to such a great guest we had to give you an upgrade! What a trooper Jo is...crutches and all...not prepared to miss a minute of the fun. And then there were the surprises coming thick and fast. There is something about the Travelblog community that brings out the best in people...the joy on Sydney TB faces meeting in person in our home...Denise's masterchef cooking...desserts from Jan, Michelle & John & Sylvia...Ali's chuckles as he greeted us in the ether with Dave & MJ joining us as virtual guests for lunch from USA on Skype followed by Andrew Strong of the Commitments belting out songs and wrestling with his guitar...to us. Thank you Brendan & Jo for joining us for this ride...and accepting the Platinum upgrade. And you have only touched on the beginning.
3rd April 2018

Upgrades all around
The Vermillion Room was quite lovely and would have been perfect, but receiving the upgrade to the house was truly the golden ticket. I could not have scripted a more perfect introduction into Sydney if I had tried. You and Denise get a huge high 5 for this. The next blog is well under way.

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