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25th March 2018

Train Travel
To my mind, train travel just has to be one of the best forms of transport. And what an amazing experience it must have been to cross a whole continent on one! An inspirational read indeed.
25th March 2018

Love Train Travel
You are so right Alex. Train travel, when done well, is amazing. It is something I will seek out in the future. But this trip will always be remembered as a true experience.
23rd March 2018
Lightning Strike

Really???
Photos of green instead of red...landscapes of grasses instead of red dirt...you absorbing the star talk of the southern skies...IN SILENCE? Really? The Brendan I know is not ever silent...forever searching for the Northern Star that does not exist in the southern skies. Chef Brendan becoming Outback Brenno. Maybe anything is possible when you consider what you have to work with!!!
24th March 2018
Lightning Strike

Truly
Silent, contemplative, ever searching for what is not there. We are discovering depth of the Outback Brenno. Lots more to work with than on the surface. Hold on for red dirt and gritty desert. The next blog goes out walking.
23rd March 2018

Uluru.... no lasting physical harm
hhhmmmm a thought to ponder on for a brief moment..... I'm so enjoying reading up on your adventures during this beautiful trip and blog. You always paint the most visual pictures possible as if we are a little mouse in your pocket enduring this amazing trip with you!!!
23rd March 2018

"...the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars."
To quote Stanza Four from the Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) poem "Clancy of the Overflow" And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars, And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars. We've done the Sounds of Silence dinner a couple of times and each time, as well as the astronomer to explain the stars there was also an Aboriginal woman who explained the Dreamtime story of the stars. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your evening within sight of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta; definitely an experience to remember.
23rd March 2018

What a perfect quote
Michelle, that summed the evening up beautifully. We only had the astronomer, but yes, it was a wonderful evening. I would do it again. Thanks for your comment and lovely poem.
22nd March 2018
Yup, I was there

1400 steps
Basically a one night fly in fly out trip to Sydney to climb our iconic Harbour Bridge...now that's one mighty advertising promotion that got you to do that. Great pics of your victorious smiles on achieving your climb...quite understandable 'cos as you say Brendan..."Look what they had to work with"!!!
23rd March 2018
Yup, I was there

And 1400 Views to look at
True, this was a whirlwind thing for this climb. But when one looks at what they had to work with with me, wow. They were so darn lucky. But seriously, this was worth all the effort it took to make happen.
22nd March 2018

Like I said before, you are such a trooper. Traveling can provide many opportunities to try ones patience. You seem to take it all in stride. What you ultimately experience is the reward. Great photos!!
22nd March 2018

Taking it in stride
And at my height, I have a big stride. Thank you so much for your comment Katie, I am glad you are following along and enjoying this trip
22nd March 2018

Travel Brendan becomes Outback Brenno
Vast open spaces, oh yes. We love the didgeridoo sound. You do know how to turn a phrase with your wicked humor, " star talk-- Kardashians and Beyonce" oh my. Sounds like a perfect outback evening.
22nd March 2018

The Transformation is Complete
The ambience of the dinner was beyond my hope. Scenery, the haunting didgerdoo. I'm glad you enjoyed the turn of phrase and wit. I had a fun time writing this blog. Thanks for following along.
22nd March 2018

Picking up the lingo ...
Seems that some of our Aussie colloquialisms rubbed off on you whilst you were with us ... "Brenno". :) "Toasties", "funny as all get out" - a touch of Aussie humour, as well. Aussies love to shorten words and, our sense of humour is often a puzzle to many of our overseas visitors (you must admit, we are a bit different) but, you seem to have nailed it. :) We'll make an honorary Aussie out of you yet. :) Great to meet you ... Brenno. Hope you have taken home many happy memories from the Land of Oz and welcome back, anytime. :)
22nd March 2018

Honorary Aussie
Love this, thank you so much. I had such a great time in your country what with your amazing sights, shortened words and friendly people. I will be back.
22nd March 2018

Brenno does NT
I'm quite chuffed that the nickname actually made it to a blog title (glad I didn't go with something REALLY Aussie like Bazza or Brenz) :D The Sounds of Silence Dinner gets so many great reviews, but I've always wondered if it would be a bit kitsch... I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed it. And I had no idea 'toastie' was an Australianism until you mentioned it - it's so interesting seeing Australia through your eyes :)
22nd March 2018

And Brenno Loved It
Ren, I have become quite taken with my new nickname and am glad you thought of it. The Sounds of Silence was quite nice, but unfortunately that is all that stood out aside from the amazing scenery. The next blog will deal with being shepherded around like a sheep. Not my style, but shame on boring Brendan for booking those. lol
20th March 2018
The Indian Pacific

SIPS rule
Freeking Linda is doing a Brendan ...photographing her food...me I'm doing more interesting photos....loved the blog the best 1/2 if THE SIPS
21st March 2018
The Indian Pacific

SIPs definitely rule
Paul, thank you so much for the comment. I am glad you enjoyed the blog and even more pleased that Linda is photographing her food. It is a nice memory. Take your pics and have a wonderful time.
19th March 2018

Margaret River
Hi Brendan, I'm glad to see you visited my favourite place in Australia! I meant to ask whether you made it to Margaret River when I met you on Sunday. My brother and his family live nearby (well, 3 hours away, but distance is relative in WA) so I have been there a couple of times and will be going back many more times, I'm sure. Margaret River is home to my favourite wines (better than France, in my opinion!), I hope you were able to enjoy a few. I look forward to reading more of your travels. Take care. David
From Blog: Oceans Collide
21st March 2018

Thanks David
I am glad I visited your favorite place in Australia too. What a wonderful place. I enjoyed quite a few wines during my trip and enjoyed all of them, although some more than others. Loved seeing this amazing country. Meeting you was such a treat. I hope you enjoyed the lunch and am very glad that you were able to make it. More blogs to come.
From Blog: Oceans Collide
19th March 2018

Having fun!
Hi B, it sure looks like you are having a great trip. I can't say that everything on it would be for me (i. e. heights are not my thing) but, everything else looks like a great time. Hope all that climbing doesn't leave you all sore and tired. Enjoy the rest of your trip and thanks for taking us along.
21st March 2018

Lots of fun
Thanks Ted, the height thing wasn't too bad, and although I was a bit tired, I wasn't too sore. Part of the journey is getting out of my box. Glad you are enjoying the blogs. More to come.

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