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Jul 21, 2016 - Rest of Italy and stunning Croatia

Hello everyone We are Dubrovnik as we write this and we wrap up our tour of Croatia tonight. Tomorrow we have our own free day in the city and then on Saturday we have a trip about an hour north, across the Bosnian border and then back into Croatia and into little Drvenik, the town where James’s grandfather lived until a teenager. The trip is running fast and we have had a great time. Very sad about the 14th July fatalities and injuries in Nice. In Croatia there is very little sense of these issues. This is not quite mono cultural but after...

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Averill and James

Jul 13, 2016 - The Decision

Well I've made the decision finally to take the leap its been something on my mind for a long time so rather than just do one leap im going to do to. Firstly im going to start my travelling journey first stop is Sydney second is a possible little nip tuck to start my trip off crossing off two life dreams. June the 27th i land. Aug the 8th i have my first job consultation. Im pretty excited as its something ive always wanted and im 100% sure but still pretty nervous. But after that and a small recovery period im going to see Sydney!! Where...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Italy

Italy Hello everyone from a beautiful and very hot Italy. We have been here about two weeks. We flew into Rome on 16th June via Doha and we can recommend Qatar Airlines. Very good service from Singapore. We arrived that evening and stayed two nights in Rome itself. We spent our free day in Rome walking through backstreets and zig zagging across the city. We wanted the exercise as we had been at the Singapore Conference and then on the flight. It is good to get out in the sun and acclimatise. We enjoyed a really special dinner in a rooftop...

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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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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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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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