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Jul 24, 2019 - Day 2 at sea

Enjoyed second day at sea. Weather has been lovely. Gabby and Charlie have enjoyed taking part in activities on board today including the Harry Potter quiz which unfortunately they didn’t win with 20 points out of 21! Highlight of the day was seeing 50 or more whales in the sea from our balcony...amazing! Gabby and Charlie went to film night last night and Kevin and I went for a lovely Asian meal.

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Jul 22, 2019 - Leaving Sydney Harbour

Today we boarded our cruise ship at Sydney Harbour. We were moored the far side of Circular Quay which meant we sailed under the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the iconic Opera House on our way out to sea. Bright blue skies and smooth waters.

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Jul 20, 2019 - Arrived in Sydney

Arrived in Sydney at 6.30pm yesterday evening and had a lovely evening with Kellie and Paul. Met gorgeous baby Lachlan this morning 𯘍. Gabby and Charlie have enjoyed Kellie and Paul’s swimming pool and we have all enjoyed a lovely day catching up, walking to the beach and beach front Italian meal. This afternoon spent drinking champagne in Kellie and Paul’s hot tub. Can’t believe we start our cruise tomorrow. We all seem to be in the time zone already so no troubles with jet lag.

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Jun 6, 2019 - Bye bye Sydney, see you in the spring.

We caught an Uber to the airport for our evening flight to London via Kuala Lumpur. The first 8.5 hour leg to KL was uneventful although the catering could have been better, for instance one meal consisted of vegetable pizza or not. It is not as if they'd run out of any other choice as we were at the front of cattle class. We had previously decided to treat ourselves to entry into the "Golden Lounge" at the airport as we had a 5 hour stop-over and, as part of the package, extra leg-room on the 13 hour leg to London. The facilities in the...

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May 19, 2019 - Tehran, becoming aquainted

Well an interesting day with many challenges. Not quite what I expected of Tehran, perhaps a little more downtrodden, not quite as modern or open as expected, truely mixed emotions about this city not easily explained. As usual, we did the city free walking tour, the highlight of our day and where we learned so much about what keeps Tehran ticking over and much more about life as an Iranian from our local guide. So much general information whilst visiting interesting areas and learning more about the history of Iran. Of course there were...

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May 18, 2019 - Shalom and Inshallah,we arrived

Yes, finally in Tehran, not the best couple of days of travelling but I guess that the hassles, delays and sheer frustrations are all part of travel. Our flight was late, we missed our connection and spent 6 hours awaiting a new connection in Doha (always an ‘upside’ - we were eligible to spend the time comfortably in the Airport Business Lounge, no alcohol but comfortable with plenty of food), we missed our walking tour in Tehran and complimentary Airport pickup. On arrival in Tehran, again things picked up (after consuming 4 breakfasts en...

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May 17, 2019 - On our way ......

At last, our big day arrives, let the Adventure begin Ohhh what a Feeling.... A quick stopover in Doha and then on to Tehran arriving at 4,30am ugh, I hope they will be as pleased to see us at that time of the morning as we will be to see them. Watch this space, next entry from Tehran....

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Apr 1, 2019 - Happy 60th Cynthea

Happy 60th Cynthea xxx We planned to go into the city for the day, Cynthea’s must do in Sydney is to at least see the Harbour Bridge. We just miss the shuttle bus to the ferry wharf, but there will be another in 15 minutes… or not. The bus arrives, but is not in service as the driver is off on his break, so it is drop off only. Bugger. We get the next bus, but the weather has not been pleasant. Still warm enough for us, but the Aussies are rugged up against the “cold”. Heavy grey clouds threaten rain, and there is a forecast 60% chance it...

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Mar 29, 2019 - Wentworth Point (not Wentworth Scrubs)

Friday 29th Weather is warm (25), sunny and humid. A good sleep in today, we are suffering from the early start yesterday. After lunch we explore the area, Wentworth Point has a free shuttle bus that takes a loop around a couple of shopping centres, here, and across the Parramatta River in Rhodes. A brilliant wee service that departs every 15 minutes, and the drivers we met yesterday were friendly and helpful, and even waited for people running to get on. We stay on for a complete circuit to get our bearings, and then get off at Rhodes and...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Sydney

Not a lot of sleep, someone in the room was snoring (lightly), and the person in the bunk below Tony thought it was him, and kept prodding him through the night. It was muggy, and the mosquitoes had a right old feast despite lashings of bug spray... (note to self, get better strength stuff in Aussie!) We were up at 03:45 to get ready to catch the bus. Coffee is soon made and put into travel cups, and we snack on pizza left overs from the night before. We have a chunk of cheese and that comes with us too. Our room mate Dave from Manchester...

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Mar 12, 2019 - Sydney

Great day in Sydney. After a 0430 getup to see entry to Sydney harbor,we spent most of the day on a walkabout seeing the city. We did several train rides and ferry boats and then returned to the ship for some tucker.AH had a mudslide to top off lunch.(after she saw me enjoying mine) Sailing south today. Melbourne tomorrow. G-day..R

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Feb 14, 2019 - UPDATE NOTES.....Sydney, Australia

Hi all A few more days at sea and more sites to see. Leaving Mystery Island in Vanuatu we travelled about 1000 nautical miles south to Tauranga in New Zealand from where we took a bus tour to Rotorau famous for its hot geysers and mud pools. The heated air and water comes from deep in the earth and comes out of vents in either pools of mud or as steam and water from fissures in the ground. The emissions are very sulfer loaded and the smell is very evident, its bad but interesting to see. From there we moved to Auckland where we had lunch...

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