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May 16, 2019 - Day 1&2 - Fly to Frankfurt & Mainz

Day 1&2 - 16 & 17 May 19 ( We’d/Thu) - Mainz Rise 0620 - heater on. Up at 0645hrs . Very easy relaxed start, no panic. Tracey picks us up 0900hrs for Virgin departure at 1035 hrs - baggage booked through to Frankfurt. Virgin flight to Melbourne on time and comfortable arriving at domestic 1200 hrs - turbo prop aircraft. Walked to International snacking on a shared burger and wine. Depart Melbourne for Singapore on time at 1540 hrs - 7hrs 20 mins flight - all good. 2 hr 50 layover. Flight to Frankfurt uneventful arriving on time at 0650 hrs....

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Apr 8, 2019 - Around Canberra

After breakfast Tony heads off to explore, Cynthea takes a rest day. The bus website is bloody frustrating to follow (even the locals tell you it is crap), Mr Google is slightly better at delivering the goods, but Tony still manages to miss the bus into town. He hurries around the corner to catch another bus, but the information to change in town is sadly lacking. He is heading for Parliament buildings, but the website tells there is an hour wait – nah, there are buses every few minutes. So he heads to where he hopes the right will bus will...

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2019 tour

Apr 5, 2019 - Canberra.

Friday 5th Up early, 06:30, plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast and a couple of coffees. We are at the Cabramatta Station before 8am, buy (full price!) train tickets as we no longer have the opal travel cards (bugger). We take about 50 minutes to get to Central Station, and then have to figure how the hell to get out at the right exit. Staff are most helpful, the signs are a bit confusing, but we can blame that on the early hour (cough) and the lack of coffee. An American lady asks if we know where the pay phones are, but we have...

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2019 tour

Dec 16, 2018 - Queanbeyan/Canberra

11 December Another lazy start to the day; we loaded up the car and set off; destination Canberra. Road, the M5, was not too busy getting out of Sydney and it wasn’t long before we were out of the City and into the countryside. We followed the M31 the Hume Highway, gradually climbing higher and higher through open countryside, almost like the plains, with gently rolling hills. Grasslands with sheep and cattle and vast fields of cereals. We were in the Southern Highlands. Got bored with driving the motorway, even though the road surface was...

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OZ and Tassie

Oct 1, 2018 - Leaving tomorrow

As the Hong Kong tram conductors used to yell out when they had them,Quán qīng, or All Clear aka we are ready to go etc... All I have to do is get the dreaded form in for Mum and couple up taking great care to disconnect the shore power first and we will be off . I wonder how far we get this time before another disaster befalls us... So I have learnt a couple of lessons that I knew already, 1 get the van out at least 2 days prior to the "off" to get any last minute problems resolved in good time and 2nd put a drop sheet over beds when I...

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North by North West

Jul 21, 2018 - On our way

Today is the day when we have set off for our European Adventure - after finalising some stuff at home Scott, Tracey, Phil and I set off at 3:00pm. Luckily the car we had hired to drive to Sydney was upgraded to a Pajero - we needed the room. We had a quick stop for a cuppa and a snack at Sutton Forest and then drove the final leg to Sydney. Checked in at the hotel, put the bags in the room and then we went out to dinner with Ash and Pat. After a nice meal we returned to the hotel to get the gift Phil had made for Ash & Pat, then we took...

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Europe Escape 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - Canberrra

In the native language, Canberra means ‘meeting place’, which seems very apt for the city that was built to be the nation’s capital. We were both pleasantly surprised by it, as most Australians give it a bad press. It’s so well laid out, it appears quite futuristic, with parliament and the war memorial on a central axis surrounded by wide avenues, parks and a lake. However, it still appears soulless, lacking the edginess and character of it’s bigger east coast neighbours. Bill Bryson describes it as a ‘strange city’ and impossible to see on...

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Mar 9, 2018 - Always more to learn

I did not know Australia's government is a constitutional monarchy. The constitution recognizes the Queen (or King) of the United Kingdom as sovereign. The Queen appoints a Governor General to represent the Crown. The Governor General rarely gets involved in any part of Australian government. Until the 1980s, the British Parliament had the legal power to change the Australian constitution. In lieu of a House of Lords and a House of Commons, the Australians adopted the US model of a House of Representatives and a Senate. All this and more...

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Second Time Around

Dec 4, 2017 - Day 8 - Sydney to Canberra

Weather forecast were not good and at wake up sky was overcast, with light rain. We took it easy not sure what to do. Sydney was given with 80% chance of rain, up in the Blue Mountains was only 40%. We decided to pack and move on. Is incredible how much relaxation you can get when hosted by good friends and how difficult is to leave a familiar place to get back on the elements. Eventually we left quite late and luckily with no rain. We drove out of Sydney suburbs, heading east. Soon we start climbing on a spectacular road: perfect tarmac...

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Sep 5, 2017 - Canberra

Tuesday 5 September 2017 Our last day in Canberra for this trip and they turned on the weather for us! Woke to snow on the distant mountains and ice on the deck railings, but the sun was also trying to appear. A quiet day inside seems to be the best option. Neil still walked Rosie & Harley before setting off for work. Judy had a couple of things to do, so we set off with her to the coffee bean shop and then to the Hyperdome. Had a look at a lovely picnic/swimming area on the way to the Hyperdome at Pine Island. A great recreation area when...

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Sep 4, 2017 - Canberra

Monday 4 September 2017 Monday morning and off to work for Neil. The rest of us had a leisurely morning, and then set off just after 9am with Judy as our tour guide. First stop was the National Arboretum in the Molonglo Valley, Canberra City. The Arboretum was created after the area was burned out as a result of the 2001 and 2003 bush fires. The site has been planted since 2005, trees have been planted by visiting heads of government and ambassadors including Princess Mary. It officially opened in February 2013. What a spectacle this will...

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Sep 3, 2017 - Canberra

Sunday 3 September 2017 Thought we were in for a wet day, and some light showers were around early in the morning. But as the weather can be so unpredictable, we were not surprised to see some blue sky and sunshine appear. Bit of a funny day with cloudy patches and some wind thrown in. Neil set off early to do his bit as an instructor at the dog training area, Don kept the home fires burning and Judy & I made a quick visit back to Marissa's before heading to Belconnen for some more retail therapy. Marissa was looking a bit better after a...

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