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May 7, 2017 - On our way

We are on our way! Left home in the cold and rain, and arrived in Sydney in mild conditions. We had a good flight to Sydney and no loud exclamations from C on landing! After about a 1 hr wait for the shuttle bus we traveled the short distance to Mascot. J&C met up with J's cousin and we all had a lovely "picnic" in our apartment. For those interested in such things, we had cheese, dolmades, olives, cheese pie, salad, and artichoke plus homemade slice and drinks. Plus a lot of chatting. I went to bed and left them to it! Thanks cousin!,

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Apr 9, 2017 - April 9, 2017 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

April 9, 2017 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia We docked at a different pier this morning than the one we sailed from last month. This had a real terminal building which made the whole process much easier. Also, since we were continuing passengers, they had given us a card which identified us as In-Transit Passengers. This made it much easier when we returned to the ship since we didn’t have to go through customs or anything. We just showed the card and could get back on just as though we were stopped at any other port. After breakfast,...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Let's Get Us Home - March 1,2017

Getting off the train in Sydney and catching a cab to the hotel Mercure was such an internal happy dance moment. That feeling of being in a blender and finally being poured out was utopia. It was still only 11:30am and we could not check in to our room until 3pm. Mardi Gras weekend was coming and they were full. So we checked our bags with the concierge and bought tickets for the hop on hop off bus and took a tour of Sydney. Some rain sprinkled on and off but with the heat it felt good. We got to see the famous Bondi beach, the houses on...

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Over to Downunder

Mar 11, 2017 - Day two

We leave the ship before 8am and speak to a lovely lady from the tourist board. She advises us about the bus we need to catch and the opal card we must buy first to use the public transport system. Once purchased we catch the bus to Bondi beach. The buses are very clean. Street names and area remind us of home. Oxford St, Victoria St, Paddington and Kings Cross. We even pass by Hyde Park. After a short bus ride we jump off and see the long golden sand of Bondi Beach. The sea is very rough although it is a warm day. The rollers are huge and...

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Mar 9, 2017 - Off to the beach.

GWe return to the ship after a very choppy tender ride indeed and the Commodore makes an announcement. We are expecting gale force winds and a very large swell over the next couple of days! Basically batten down the hatches and expect a lot of rolling. We have two sea days until we get to Australia and Sydney. The Commodore was right, it was pretty rough, he describes the seas as "confused", which I think means the waves are coming from a number of directions, it all adds to the excitement. The guests were staggering from one side to the...

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Mar 8, 2017 - March 8 – Brisbane, Australia

March 8 – Brisbane, Australia We arrived an hour late to Brisbane. The late start because of the wind and the rough seas all the way here took their toll on the arrival time. Still we were in port until 7 p.m. so it wasn’t a big deal. We had breakfast this morning with a couple from Hawaii in winter and Delaware In summer. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and its most populous city. It is the 3d most populous city in Australia. Its population is 2.3 million while the greater metropolitan area is more than 3 million. It located 9 miles...

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Mar 7, 2017 - March 6-7, 2017 – Sydney, Australia and Tasman Sea

March 6-7, 2017 – Sydney, Australia and Tasman Sea March 6 - Well, we didn’t manage to get anything done this morning. We slept in. We had a leisurely, huge breakfast at the hotel. I ordered scrambled eggs and bacon. I was expecting 2 or 3 slices of bacon but there must have been 8-10 slices. The homemade wheat toast was great as well. After breakfast, we went back to the room, got our hand carried luggage and went down and checked out. We caught the Oceania bus to the port and were there by noon. Four (4) hours later we were finally...

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Mar 5, 2017 - March 3-5, 2017 – Stillwater, Oklahoma to Sydney, Australia

March 3-5, 2017 – Stillwater, Oklahoma to Sydney, Australia March 3 – I was up at 4:45 a.m. and was on the way to the airport at 5:15. I was going to drive my car and leave it at the airport for Chris, Patsy’s son, to pick up later, but Patsy decided to drive me instead. I was the 1st one to check in for the 6:57 a.m. flight. I couldn’t check my luggage through to Sydney because the Stillwater to Dallas flight had been booked as a separate ticket. That was okay though as I only had one suitcase to check. It was a full flight to Dallas on a...

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Mar 4, 2017 - Opera House tour + Dan

Woke up to pouring Rain! We had a tour booked for inside the Opera house, so borrowed some brollies from the hotel and set off down there. 12 on the tour, which is good, as its normally 30+. It has 6 different auditoriums. We went to the Drama theatre, the studio, the Joan Sunderland theatre, and the main concert hall. The drama theatre sits about 600, and has seats which are not only very comfortable, but can absorb sound, so that when they rehearse, the sound us the same as if the seats are occupied! The Studio used to be a recording...

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Mar 3, 2017 - Taronga Zoo

Not quite such an early start today. We had to catch a ferry to the zoo where we were having a private tour. the zoo is split into 8 geographical regions, but our tour was specifically for the Australian region. Out guide was called Leon. He is aborigine , and is quite famous around here. He has been in a few Australian films, and was invited by the Queen to play the didgeridoo at her diamond jubilee concert. We have him on dvd! He was an excellent guide, explaining all about his people, the floral and fauna, and the wildlife. We taken...

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Mar 2, 2017 - Blue Mountains

We were picked up at 7.15 this morning for our trip to the Blue Mountains. First stop was a town called Leura, which had cherry blossom trees planted down the road. There were a couple of cockatoos roaming around the street (could not help thinking about the panic if Mari had been there𯘊) We then moved on to Scenic World. This park has a few attractions. 1. Scenic skyway 2. Scenic railway 3. Scenic walkway 4. Cable car We started on the skyway which took as across the gorgeous above the Katoomba Falls. Unfortunately the mistake rolled...

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Mar 1, 2017 - Arrived in Sydney

We woke up to a view of the Opera House as we went alongside. We had to be off the ship by 9am, so had an early breakfast and then sat in the lounge until it was time to go ashore. We disembarked and picked up our luggage before going through customs. We then got a taxi to our hotel, which was not far away. Our room at The Four Seasons was not ready, so we left our luggage in storage and went for a wander. We went into Mcdonald fire coffee, and then I got a text saying our room was ready, so we returned to the hotel and got our keys. Our...

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