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Apr 13, 2017 - April 13, 2017 – Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

April 13, 2017 – Burnie, Tasmania, Australia When we docked this morning, we took the shuttle bus into town. This city, like Eden, had a local volunteer on board who gave a bit of the history of the town. The 1st stop was at the Makers Workshop. They had a variety of artists there who did everything from paper making to jewelry to wood craft and everything in between. We bought some jams and honey to bring home to folks. We took the shuttle to the 2d stop which was the local museum. We looked around in the gift shop but did not pay to go...

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Nov 26, 2015 - Katoomba, Blue Mountains and Scenic World

We took the metro to the central station, boarded the Blue Mountain train towards Katoomba, and settled in to see the western suburbs and the beginnings of the Blue Mountains National Heritage Site. It was an easy 2 hour train ride and a quick 2 minute walk to the historic Carrington Hotel. Built in the late 1800's, it was the most popular honeymoon spot until it was usurped by the Hydro Majestic as the later had ELECTRIC lights. The hotel was closed in 1985 and purchased in 1991 with the intention of renovating and reopening. It did open...

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Nov 26, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving to all!

There is no Thanksgiving officially celebrated here...but I am thinking of you all as our 26th ends and yours begins. I hope you have a wonderful day of appreciating your friends and family, enjoying great food and FOOTBALL (which has a totally different meaning here, of course). We will be continuing our exploration of the Blue Mountains and returning to celebrate our son-in-laws birthday...all with much appreciation and gratitude for the abundance we have in our lives. Many thanks to all of you for coming with me on this journey..we have...

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Nov 25, 2015 - A Manly Trip

After a day of rest, laundry and reading, we ventured out on the ferry to Manly, a north shore suburb with a well known surf beach. We had repeat views of the Opera house and the bridge on our ferry trip over with a twist-- today we had sunshine! The beach at Manly IS the big draw (the ferry was packed)--it is a huge crescent of sand with fabulous colored water where the world surfing championships were held in 1964. Named by Captain Phillips for the indigenous people-their confidence and manly behavior he said made him name it Manly Cove....

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Nov 23, 2015 - uh oh, we are on our own with public transport

and that is always a challenge when we arrive in a new BIG city! Figuring it out is confusing enough for a couple old folks then throw in the fact that they drive on the wrong side of the street (sorry, but it seems wrong-at least I look the wrong way every time and it is probably a miracle I have not been hit!) Chris took us this morning on the bus to his place of employment, University of New South Wales and showed us around. A very compact, vertical campus for 35,000 students. Kindly showed us where to get the bus to Coogee Beach and...

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Nov 22, 2015 - Fun fact

Though in the U.S. Foster's is a popular Australian beer, Australians don't drink it much..and we found beer to be very expensive and wine not so much. Interesting. At the "bottle shop" (our version of liquor store) around the corner, beer is about $55.00 AUD a case (or about $39 USD). I guess that explains why it is so expensive in a restaurant!

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Nov 22, 2015 - First 24 hours in Sydney

With the expert guidance of our daughter Lauren and son-in-law Chris, we have negotiated the train, the bus and the sidewalks to see a few of the main sights in Sydney. Admiring the Opera House, the bridge, the Rocks, Circular Quay (the harbor on the north edge of the CBD. It is filled with restaurants, pedestrian malls and parks), and a bit of their neighborhood (called Zetland). We have eaten fish and chips at Lord Nelson's pub (the oldest pub brewery in Australia) along with a pint of Quayle Ale/Nelson's Blood then checked out the market...

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Nov 17, 2015 - Tasmanian Devils and other Aussie wildlife

Off to tour the state of Tasmania and hopefully mingle with a few Tassie natives. The ride takes us through the agricultural heartland-and it seems the most interesting crops are tulips (1 million bulbs exported to Holland) hops (80% of those grown for use in Australian produced beer are grown here) and poppies (supplying 90% of the pharmaceutical opiates in the world according to our guides information)! What we observed were potatoes, onions and some relative of the mum that are used for a type of herbicide along with many dairy cows and...

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Nov 15, 2015 - Kangaroo Island

Limited services on this island with population of 4,000. (Only a few rental cars which have to be pre-booked, a couple tours and a very busy shuttle bus). Tours were all booked by the time we decided we might take one, so we walked the beach path beside the penguin reserve (they are only seen at night) looking for kangaroos (none to be found). The scenery was beautiful and the wifi allowed brief contact with home.

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Dec 20, 2014 - Hobart - Jumping off spot for polar ice cap adventures

Yesterday (Saturday) we spent from 9-3 in port at Hobart. It is a big city of more than 200,000 residents plus hillsides that are flush with houses far in the distance on both sides of the bay. Because it gets much colder here, there were limited flowers blooming and very few parks. We happened to land on a Saturday so were able to go to the Saturday market here which has at least 300 stalls of both craft items and thins made in China items. We walked all over this town looking for unique things but mostly found regular shops and shoppers....

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Dec 18, 2014 - Melboure City Tour and Burnie Tasmania Park

Yesterday we had a great tour of Melbourne - took a Hop On/HopOff bus for five hours. It is a large city that looks like big cities everywhere. It was veryi interesting to see everything. The day before we were at Burnie, Tasmania and I've attached some great pictures of Burnie Park. Terry took a great photo of a wombat that was tucked in the woods and the floweres in he park were great. Today is a day at sea and the rough seas of last night have given way to pretty calm seas now. Tomorrow we dock at our last port before returning to...

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Dec 16, 2014 - Burnie, Tasmania AKA Tazzy

Beautiful Burnie, Tasmania. - population 20,000 -- nine communities around this area make for a hopping little town right on the Tasman Sea - due north of Melbourne. Tasmania is one of the states of Australia and is an island state. The temperature and greenery remind us of middle New Zealand towns. Very nice climate and wonderful flowers and trees -- nice people and calm setting. Tomorrow we will back track to Melbourne since theyi didn't have a port for us to dock at today but will tomorrow. Last night the ship cancelled the musical...

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