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Feb 4, 2016 - Australia is a Hot spot for Pokies

What does “pokie“ mean? The word “pokies” is the Australian slang informally meaning slot machine or poker machine, and includes different types of gaming machines. Pokies in Australia usually use video displays to simulate physical reels, frequently 5 multi-line slot games with some sort of bonus and second screen features like free games etc. What is common between Australia and pokies? Australia is known worldwide as a gamblers’ hotspot, as more than 80% of Australian adults engage in gambling of some kind. Due to the growing number of...

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Jan 20, 2016 - The Star Casino Sydney

The Star Casino wants you to have it all. That’s why they offer so much to their dedicated visitors, and to those people passing through who are looking for a good time and want to place a bet or two. This is the second largest casino in Australia and is the only legal casino in New South Wales! When you are here, you’ll feel as if it is tailor made for you in regards to variety of games, services and amenities, shops and entertainment. The guests are their highest priority. Step inside and you’ll have everything at your fingertips for an...

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Charmaine Traveller

Jan 16, 2016 - The End -49 days of a second summer and a learning about New Zealand

Thank you for coming along on our trip via the daily journal. It has been a great 49 days made especially sweet by having Seth with us for 37 of those days. We set out to learn a lot about the South Island of New Zealand and we know it pretty well now...it is a special place and the trip was well worth the expense. We've kept a log for expenses and even counting the costs yet to come with three more hotels (Honolulu and 2 Seattle) and 2 more car rentals (Sea and Dallas) it costs more to take a 63 day cruise as it would this trip. Each type...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Monday in Sydney

On Monday, we left early on our daily trek - this time to the Sydney Fish Market! The market is the "largest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere". (remember our quest for oysters?) We walked the huge pedestrian bridge (Pyrmont Bridge) across Darling Harbor, in the direction of the market, and it shortened our route considerably. Sydney Harbor is huge, and comprised of many coves, bays and smaller harbors. Get this: the fish market is on Blackwattle Bay, which is off Johnstons Bay, which is off Darling Harbor, which is part of the larger...

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Jan 10, 2016 - Manly Beach

We got up early this morning in order to catch a ferry to Manly Beach. I knew it would be a busy day, as it is Sunday, but the weather report indicated an optimal time for a harbor crossing, with sunshine plus low winds. What fun! I love the sea, and I wasn't disappointed. Plus, traveling early was an excellent idea. Boy, did it get crowded later in the day. As we ferried to Manly, on a relatively empty boat, the morning light was beautiful, and we saw the opera house from a new direction. For some reason I was expecting a sleepy beach...

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Jan 9, 2016 - At the Airport

Hi Everyone, Well we have made it to the Airport, checked in and ready to start our adventures. Our plane leaves at 9:45pm and the flight is about 14 hours to Dubai then a few hours later we will board our next flight to Amman in Jordan. Still a little surreal that we are actually doing this. Can't say that I am excited about the flight but hope to get a little sleep. Once we arrive in Amman we will start our guided biblical sojourn prophetically at Mt Nebo where Moses first viewed the Promised Land. We will then go the Madaba before...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Friday in Sydney

Sydney Friday 1-8-16 Today we took the bus as far north along Macquarie Road as we could, in order to reach the far north spit of land at "Mrs. Macquarie's Chair", a scenic site, along the harbor. At that point, there is a beautiful view, looking westerly, of the Sydney Opera House and the famous arched Sydney bridge. The weather was good, and it felt relaxing to see the harbor, where sailboats and private yachts were starting to cruise. In the distance we could see tiny little ants crawling up the arch of the bridge, so far away. People!...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Saturday in Sydney

Sydney Saturday 1-9-16 Today we hoofed it north to an neighborhood called the Rocks, where there is a weekly street market of handmade and unique goodies. It wasn't until we got there that we saw how it got named; streets and properties are literally carved out through, oh, about 60 feet of rock. Unusual! We were close to the Sydney bridge, so we went as far as we could underneath it, and then turned east toward the water, and a walking path that led us to the Circular Quay (docks and boardwalk) where ferry boats take off. We've made...

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Jan 7, 2016 - Sydney and sunshine

Howdy! The sun decided to make an appearance today...yay! This morning we walked to Hyde Park, and got a dose of sunshine and green grass, and fed some very friendly pigeons and ibis. This afternoon was the highlight of the day; back at Darling Harbor we saw Star Wars at the IMAX theater!! And, Sydney's IMAX has the biggest cinema screen in the world, how about that?! It was fun. Bill and I were big fans of the original film from 1976; in fact, when we saw it for the first time, we were with Corinn (and some other guy). After the movie we...

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Jan 6, 2016 - Sydney

Wednesday This morning, we walked to Cockle Bay, at the base of Darling Harbor, in the rain. No problem, as we have proper clothing and footwear, but being rained on did get old. But there's a lot going on in that area, rain or no, with museums, restaurants, a Ferris wheel, a marina, to mention a few things. Had a light lunch back at the corner Italian restaurant. They have a nice little feature; pots of fresh, small leaf basil set on each multi seat trestle table, which you can pick off to add to your dish. We did some shopping, and...

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Jan 5, 2016 - Hello Sydney!

Sydney Arrival Flew into Sydney today, and guess what? It's raining! Not familiar with precipitation. Umbrellas everywhere. As we waited for our shuttle from the airport, we studied the Sydney sites literature and began to get some ideas. The drive from the airport showed a densely populated city; somewhat dark, and even dingy. I began to wish I was back in sunny Albany with Corinn. Could the last leg of our trip be a downer? Yay! Our hotel is well located, with restaurants on three of the nearby corners, and a chocolatier on the fourth....

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Jan 2, 2016 - Sydney

Sydney We arrived in Sydney early afternoon after a short flight from Melbourne and picked up a mini bus to our apartment. It was in a great location in Darling Harbour and quite spacious, though very different to the house we had just left. It was very city-like and had a balcony overlooking a multi-storey car park! We think it had previously been a prison as well! We had a quick wander round Darling Harbour which was lovely - really buzzing with loads of restaurants, cafes and people watching and did some reminiscing about the last couple...

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