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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 2nd 2016

Hubsters birthday! Woke up about 7:30 and he opened his cards and prezzies! We got up showered and went back down to Roys for a big brekky for the boy and a toasty for me! We then went to explore the Victoria building and the national opals! The Victoria building is home to the Swarovski Christmas tree which is 24m talk adorned by 144,000 crystals 60,000 lights and has a 2m crystal studded star at the top! And a base made of crystal strand and mirrors! The installation of the tree takes 3 nights with a team of 72 technicians, engineers, lighting consultants and crystal makers from Australia and Austria. We did a little bit of shopping too then made our way to the bridge so I could climb it! The hubster was a wimp and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 1st 2016

New Years Day - Lazy Day Needless to say we had a lie in today! When alive and kicking we strolled over to Roy's bistro and had breakfast hubster had a big brekky and I had a toasty with a gorgeous chocolate brownie to take away! We decided that Bondi beach was what we wanted to do, so we packed our towels and cozzies and headed for the groovy double decker trains! We arrived at Bondi and it was quite busy! We sat up away from the beach for a bit under some trees and people/surf watched! We decided to walk along the top of the beach and looked at all the 'proper graffiti'! (As pictures) We both wanted to use the bathroom - I know that's too much info but the point is the queue ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney January 1st 2016

It's New Years Day and the boys are putting on a bbq. The boys are Joseph and George who are brothers and Colin who took us on the bike ride. They have invited the girls, Melissa Emily and Kayleigh and the visiting parents, Martin, me and Emily's Mum and Nan Michelle and Maureen. The bbq isn't until the afternoon and Melissa had planned a walk from Bondi beach to Coogee beach where the boys live. It is just too hot though and we faff about so much that the opportunity is missed and we need to leave for the bbq. I can't go home and say that I have been to Sydney and not been to Bondi Beach and so we arrange a quick pit stop just to see it. Melissa shows us where the coastal ... read more
Selfie on Bondi
Bbq courtesy of George, Joseph and Colin
On the balcony

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 31st 2015

It's New Years Eve and I am really excited for tonight. A number of years ago I read an article about places to be for New Year and Sydney came as the world's number one spot. At the time, I consciously thought I would probably never ever see it because Australia simply wasn't on my list of places to visit. Not for any negative reason but I always thought I was more of a European and Asian continent tourist. Australia was simply too far away when there were so many other places to visit nearer to home. Melissa changed all of that when she decided to work in Oz for two years. Now I'm a great fan of FaceTime but two years? That was just too long for a hug and the seed for this holiday ... read more
Ready to go
Michelle Maureen Martin Debbie
Over Sydney Opera House

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 30th 2015

Friday 25 December continued Sunshine all day. The rest of our day was quiet and we watched some films on tv. Later on in the day we spoke to our families. 9 kms driven today. Saturday 26 December Boxing day and sunshine starts the day. We woke and had a slow start. At 11.00 am we headed off to the Botanic gardens for a better look. Again we were really pleased to visit the place and we wandered around for some time looking at all the wonderful plants and wildlife. Next we went to the town centre retail area and bought loads of things in the sales, which we thought were already a good price, before reductions. We had Chinese for lunch in one of the food courts and then did some more shopping returning to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 30th 2015

It's another early morning and today we are taking the train to the Blue Mountains which is about 2 hours away. The Mountains appear blue because of the hue given of by the eucalyptus trees which hangs in the air. We arrived at a little station called Katoomba which is 3336 ft above sea level and reminds me of the a setting from the TV program 'Little house on the Prairie'. It is so quaint and looks like a 19th century American West station scene. We jump in a taxi and make our way over to Scenic World which was once a coal mining area. Being hilly they created the world's steepest ... read more
Original purpose of the railway
Waiting for the cable car
Fish platter at Darling Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 29th 2015

Today Melissa has arranged a wine tour in the Hunter Valley. We are leaving Martin at home (not his thing) and make our way to meet Hannah and her Mum. Hannah left Witney for Australia over 2 years ago and her Mum Alyson is visiting her too. When Melissa first arrived in Sydney, she stayed with Hannah for a short while and they are full of chatter and quickly catch up with each other. Alyson too has treated herself to an extended holiday and tells me that she has accustomed herself to the fact that Hannah is not coming home. How do you feel about that, I ask? I don't like it but I've got used to it and we keep in touch all ... read more
Hannah and Melissa
Melissa and Alyson
Cheers

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 28th 2015

Today we take the tram to Hyde park and find the only reference to Christmas is a solitary Christmas tree unlike London Hyde park which is virtually inaccessible unless you pay a fee to Winter Wonderland. I prefer this Hyde park I muse as I wonder how long it will be until the Aussies also succumb to the temptation of commercial profits to be gained from Christmas. The museum Convict Sydney had been recommended to us. It is a museum to the history of transporting British convicts to Sydney in 1818 and we enter the Barracks where the convicts were received. The barracks have been strip... read more
Convict in bed
Irish orphan girl
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 24th 2015

It's Christmas Eve and there she is - all I want for Xmas, our daughter, waiting ever so impatiently for us but at least has the grace to comment, well it wasn't your fault! Bless her, she has been here for 90 mins waiting thanks to the fishing rod saga and customs but patience doesn't come naturally to Melissa. I have to confess though, that is a trait picked up from me. Thanks to FaceTime, it really doesn't feel like it was 8 months ago since we last saw her but that hug is sooo good. She is simply glowing and eager to get to show us her apartment and get out to meet her flatmate Emily and Emily's Mum and Nan. Poor Martin is going to be outnumbered by women by 5:1 but that won't ... read more
Happy to have arrived
Already relaxing at Darling Harbour
Emily and Melissa - flat mates

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney December 23rd 2015

This blog is posted out of chronological order! We awoke with a start, it's 5am the phone rings and the voice says, your taxi has arrived! Nooooo, we had spotted the day before that it was booked far too early and had phoned to change it to 8am - unfortunately the message hadn't got through. Still at least we could roll over and go back to sleep! A couple of hours later, a quick shower and we're off to experience the Abu Dhabi airport hospitality. As we arrived an Etihad representative approach as we were unloading from the taxi and asked if we were traveling business class. Flippin' eck, as we had cancelled the first taxi, this was a public taxi, how did you know I ask? Secretly hoping that we looked like business class travellers, ... read more




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