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Dec 1, 2015 - New Year's Day

I feel I MUST grasp the day! Last night was an eight hour marathon of waiting for the big event- sitting, walking, eating standing up, and stretching, but we all survived! Today' s highlight is the night-time Sydney Bridge Climb- I can't wait, but spend the day walking and taking in the unique atmosphere of Sydney, then took a train and bus to Bondi Beach.

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Dec 8, 2014 - Sydney, Australia

Pete checked in from Sydney and things were going well. From looking at the itinerary, we thought he had an overnight visit in Sydney but, in fact, there was a one-day cruise scheduled for representatives from the media so both days (December 8 & 9) were actually turn-around days, with new groups of cruisers arriving both days. He has had a little cold but is nearly over it and is feeling well. He spent some time in Sydney with his friend, Hanhui Celine Ma, a member of the youth staff who was signing off the ship today. As of today, he has...

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Dec 5, 2014 - Back in Sydney for One Day

I've added a photo of our departure from the Bay of Islands -- it was sure a pretty place! Today we dsembarked from thhe ship at 9:30 and walked a couple of blocks to the Light Rail station and took a ttrain to the Holiday Inn at the Airport. It was a piece of cake to do and we figured out their nifty OPAL passes where you load money on to the card for use on trains, buses and ferries. Tomorrow we head to the airport for hour flight back to Auckland where we will stay until December 15th. Our plan is to use the Auckland transit system to...

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Dec 3, 2014 - Iconic Bondi

We again made our way to the Botanic gardens. Our legs were tired from all the walking we have been doing in the last few days so we took the little Choochoo train around the Botanic gardens. It is misnamed as it does not go Choo Choo. The trip around the botanic gardens is very nice and we got off at the third stop and walked from there along the promenade and found a good spot to do a Christmas video. We visited the Lady Macquarie's chair and sat in the grass to eat our lunch. We took the Choo Choo train back to the Opera House and walked...

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Dec 3, 2014 - Rough Day At Sea

We are on our last day at sea -- rough seas, 40mph winds, overcast and rain. We will reach Sydney at 5am. We have had two time zone changes since leaving Bay of Islands - it is around 1,2000 miles or more from Sydney to New Zealand's south island. On board our ship are passengers from 24 countries. Over 2,000 passengers and 800 crew members. 240 of the passengers are staying on the shilp at Sydney and going on tto the 14 day Fiji cruise. We will do that same cruise on January 2nd. it is suppose to be in the 80's tomorrow when we reach...

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Dec 2, 2014 - Lady Macquarie's chair

We left home and stopped off at Chatswood so that David could get a haircut at the barbers at the station. Then we went to Circular Quay on the train and from there we walked around the Botanic gardens to the Lady Macquarie's chair. The view from there is spectacular with a view of the Opera house and the harbour bridge. There are a lot of visitors and runners around this area. The weather is lovely. We also found out that the filter had been broken on the lens so we decided to purchase a zoom lens for our Christmas presents from Nikon. We...

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Dec 1, 2014 - The Spit

We took the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly which takes about half an hour. It was a very nice voyage which we really enjoyed. We took our time walking along the promenade and around the beach and the waterfront. It is all so pretty here. From Manly we started our ten kilometre walk to the Spit. Stopping half way at the Dubroyd Head to watch the boats and to have lunch. A cheeky dragon lizard hung around hoping for some lunch too. The walk goes along or as close to the beach as possible also going through national park land. It's...

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Dec 1, 2014 - First full day in Sydney

Had a picnic breakfast in the park- shared with some interesting looking local birds (where is Aggie when you most need him?). Decided to check out a possible route to the Sydney Cricket Ground from Wynyard to Central Station by train. After some walking, through Surry Hills, (the Notting Hill of Sydney?) - certainly beautiful little houses and trendy shops and bars I go over a major dual carriageway and a large open playing area, I eventually get my first glimpse of the stadium! Back to the City via Bondi Junction and it being New...

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Nov 30, 2014 - Hillsong

Today we visited Hillsong at Baulkham Hills. Getting up early and out the door we walked to the North Ryde station and took three trains over to Parramatta. We met the Hillsong bus with a lot of other people and got out there for 10.45 am. We were met at the concierge and shown to some visitor seats. We met up with a friend of ours Tim and it was good to catch up even though briefly. The service was great and Ps. Brian Houston spoke. The music was fantastic as well. We went to a visitor area with Tim. We then caught he bus back to...

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Nov 29, 2014 - Our 45th wedding anniversary

It is our 45th wedding anniversary today and this morning we climbed the SYDNEY harbour bridge. It is expensive and we weren't going to do it but David secretly booked it for our wedding anniversary. It is an amazing experience. We climbed about 1300 steps over 1.1/2 miles. It is the most amazing experience and most of it is over easy steps and ladders. There is a very steep section of ladders. We were attached to a wire all the way up and down. The views are amazing as you are so high up, and the stories that go with it. We never at any...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Crisp Mornings and Glorious Days

That’s what we can expect in the early stages of the tour before the hot Spanish sun tans our hides. The long range forecast for: Min Max Comment Lyon 14 24 Cloudy 5% precipitation Le Puy 8 21 Mostly clear 14% prec Saugues 8 21 Mostly sunny 20% prec Basically, typical Sydney winter weather! Mde Martin has confirmed our accommodation in Saugues. Expect a nice welcome and food sourced mostly from the farm. Morgan will be our waitress at Henri iv in Eauze for lunch. Duck is the specialty of the house and they will be expecting 7 hungry...

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Jun 9, 2014 - Sydney, Australia

I am now in Sydney, Australia, where I came to attend this year's Rotary International Convention. Each year Rotary International holds the convention in a different city of the world. It took me about 48 actual hours of travel time to get here--5 hour bus ride from Bahia de Caraquez to Guayaquil, overnight at the home of friends Marisa and Vladimir, flights the next day to El Salvador and Los Angeles of about 8 hours, an 11 hour stop over in the LAX airport, and then about a 14 hour night flight to Sydney. I went up and over to get to the...

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