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Jun 19, 2016 - Singapore

Singapore We know most of you have travelled to and some have lived in Singapore so rather than describe it we will look at both history and some recent events. Singapore certainly punches well ahead of its weight. At little over 7 million population overall some 38% of people are on time dependent visas. They are working in Singapore for specific periods. The major cities in the region all want to emulate the success of Singapore. It has really taken the mantle now as the hub of the region. Down the West Coast of Malaysia are the straights...

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Averill and James

Jun 11, 2016 - Economy Class - back where we belong

We'd checked in online the day before, so after a short taxi ride from home, no queuing at the baggage drop off and breezing through security we were on the other side..... Finally, a taste of how the other half live. This is the first time we used the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport. Our once in a calendar year access included free food and drinks, comfy lounges, high speed internet and a chance to feel a little bit special before joining the other plebs boarding our overnight Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, in economy...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Flight home to Sydney

Thursday 9th June/Friday 10th June 2016 Istanbul, Turkey to Sydney, Australia Had breakfast for the final time in our lovely hotel in Istanbul, then did a final pack for our trip home. We were picked up at about 10:30am and dropped at the airport, checked in uneventfully and waited for our flight. The first leg of the flight to Abu Dhabi was full, mainly with guest workers returning home to India. It was a pleasant flight with the only event being when the man sitting next to Lynn (on his way to visit family in Nigeria) accidentally...

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Jun 9, 2016 - Vietnam

Hello everyone We have set off for 8 weeks to Asia and Europe. We get back to Sydney on 24th July. Some of this trip is business with the International Insurance Society Conference in Singapore from the 11th June till the 15th. We have not been to Vietnam before but James has an involvement in a life insurance business here. Our personal interest in Vietnam is leisure but we spent one day with senior executives of the local company in Vietnam and that was both interesting and enjoyable. We shared lunch at a really interesting authentic...

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Averill and James

May 15, 2016 - A Quick Trip Home

Hi Everyone On our way back to Sydney to get some new seating for the van we drove through Bathurst and could not resist the urge to drive around Mount Panorama (for those of you who are not Aussie's Mount Panorama is a famous race track but as its a street circuit it is a public road when there is no racing). So imagine us lined up on the grid in pole position with our 4.5 tonnes, 7 metre long motorhome, ready, steady and we're off driving at the manic speed of 60Km an hour – oh the rush!! There are some amazing views of Bathurst as the...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Apr 23, 2016 - On our way

How lucky we were today. Our house sitter Jeff gave us a lift to the airport. Disappointing in the duty free as there were no tastings on offer. We are looking forward to our trip, first to Turkmenistan. We have a long flight ahead of us from Sydney to Abu Dhabi then to Istanbul then to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. We will get there eventually on Monday.

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Mar 23, 2016 - Preparation

Baked the biscuits and cake for our afternoon teas in Cowra. Jim , Robyn and Sandy arrived to stay at my house before our Thu departure The bikes are together again (mine is just back from the bike shop where she got some new handlebar tape) We had a nice meal at home then I packed my bag before going to sleep Weather forecast for Cowra is GOOD!

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Tour de Cowra

Mar 16, 2016 - Sydney and northwards

Sun 13th Mar - up late and a leisurely walk down to Hyde Park Barracks Museum. The Barracks housed convicts who arrived in Australia in the early 1800's, it then housed single female immigrants and finally in the late 1800's through to 1979 it was a number of Courts. Ate in the museum cafe and then walked through the Botanic Gardens to the Opera House, along the waterfront and up through a market in The Rocks. Back to hotel for a lazy evening. Our evening was broken by the sad news that Emma's mum passed away early this morning. We made...

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Mar 12, 2016 - Return to Sydney

Fri 11th Mar - we stopped in Lithgow for a coffee and then continued to the Blue Mountains. Went straight to Lilianfels Blue Mountains Hotel and got checked in. Lovely country hotel in own grounds. We walked down to the Skyway, a cable car across a gorge.did a short walk along the edge of the gorge but then thunder and lightening started. We queued for the cable car but as it arrived a huge bolt of lightening almost hit it. We were all held up as they would not run the cable car until the storm eased. After about 20 minutes we got going to...

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Mar 3, 2016 - Into Australia

Tues 1st March - a lazy day in Christchurch then the bus to the airport. We got an Air New Zealand flight to Sydney and had an easy journey through the airport. We grabbed a shuttle bus that took us to the doors of the Travelodge Wynyard were we are booked for two nights. Weds 2nd March - we walked down to the Harbour Bridge and then across towards the Opera House. Caught a two hour harbour cruise that took us right out to Manley and then back to the city. We walked up to the car hire office this evening so that we knew where we have to go...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Sydney

Left Wellington bathed in sunshine a shame it wasn’t shining whilst we were they, never mind, it certainly looked better when the sun was shining. Arrived in a sunny Sydney ahead of schedule and took the train to the city. Wow! What a welcome, we came out of the station and were met by a view of the Harbour Bridge, Queen Victoria Cruise Liner and the Opera House. Brilliant. Found our hotel and on looking out of our bedroom window found we were overlooking the Queen Victoria, unfortunately this was blocking out the view of the Opera House....

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Feb 25, 2016 - Back to Sydney & Fly Home

It was pitch black when we peeked out from our balcony window and found ourselves safely docked back at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney. We've come full-circle....twice. We got ready, had breakfast and headed for the waiting lounge. We had purchased the ship's transport to the airport as many natives told us it would be cheaper than a taxi because of the massive traffic jams heading to the airport that early in the morning. They called us right on time and we checked out of the ship for the last time. Our baggage was waiting and...

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Cruisin' Down Under

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