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Apr 22, 2018 - board the Explorer of the Seas

There are certain spots in some cities that immediately identify where you are. The Sydney Opera House is such a defining feature of Sidney Harbor that you immediately know that you could be nowhere else. When the Opera House was originally designed by Jorn Utz√łn, it was impossible to build the way he had envisioned it. He had designed such huge sweeping sails on the roof line that construction technology was not up to the task. Compromises were made and a slightly less grand version of his plan was built at a much grander price. He was so...

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Apr 19, 2018 - back in Sydney

A passion for RV'ing brought us together with Al and Sue and we spent the morning touring their new rig and taking a ride. Ken photographed it with his drone, even though technically we were in a "no fly" area a bit too close to the Air Force Base. However, he hardly flew higher than the palm trees and I doubt even his neighbors noticed. Our test drive also took us to a nearby a spacious campground which had some sites large enough even for a rig like ours. However, there appear to be no sewered sites in Australia, which makes that part of...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Sydney - Day 1

Time to fly off to Sydney. A crazy city with people every where. The sidewalks were packed with people and the grocery store was so full with people you could not walk down the aisles in the evening. The store had like 30 check out lines and you still had to wait to pay for your groceries. We were originally scheduled to be at a hotel right in the middle of the central business district, but decided to move to a hotel apartment with a kitchen and laundry area. The only downside was that it was near Chinatown and meant a 30-40 minute walk to...

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Apr 8, 2018 - Sydney - UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, So a change of plans was made to our non made plans and we stopped off in the Blue Mountains for a few days then we moved to Sydney to see Marco's sister in hospital, but her operation was moved back 2 weeks and she was not in hospital nor could we change our booking so we came anyway and saw her for a day. On the way we stopped off in the Blue Mountians staying at Blackheath and having a bit of fun for 2 days. We saw and photoed the Megalong and Jamison Valleys, saw the 3 sisters (a rock formation in Katoomba) and Anne, Barry and...

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Mar 30, 2018 - touring the city

latitude = Los Angeles Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our tour today, which visited many beautiful spots we have seen before, made we wonder if I would be such a gypsy if I could live in such a lovely place with all the amenities that a big city provides. The city has so much coast line that many residents have the opportunity to perch on the hills and overlook the bright, blue water. It looked like everyone owns a boat. Even the central city has lots of parks and green space. I would guess that living here would...

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Mar 29, 2018 - fly to Sydney

The flight to Sydney left Fiji at 9am. We were told to be there three hours before. That's customary for international flights in large, busy airports, but we couldn't imagine what would take so long in the small, but modern Nadi airport. We left our hotel just before 6am and were checked in by 6:30. Immigration and security were fast and efficient. The Fijians clearly recognize how important tourist dollars are to their economy and go out of their way to make us happy. We could have slept another hour, but it would be madness to miss the...

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Mar 6, 2018 - Checklists

Mo likes to research destinations, including interviews with those who either live in or have visited a destination. After research, she makes what amounts to checklists. In our Morocco travel group, we had six or seven folks who lived in Sydney currently or recently. A treasure chest of suggestions, to say the least. Among them: Tour the opera house. Ride a ferry to Watson's Bay. Have fish and chips at Doyle's. Visit Manly Beach. See the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Walk Sydney's Harbor Bridge. Check, check, check, check, and...

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Mar 5, 2018 - After further review

I have been informed that a hook turn is unique to Melbourne. It has been designed to manage right hand turns across tram tracks. Cars line up in a turn-only lane on the far left and wait for the signal, timed to ensure trams are clear. Thanks to our local friends for the insights. Meanwhile, we are getting used to coins. Large silver coins are in cents up to 50 cents. Small gold coins represent dollars in one and two dollar values. At first I kept thinking the small gold ones were worth less than the large silver ones. After all,...

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Mar 4, 2018 - Things we're getting used to

Living out of a suitcase is simple. Pants, shirts, and underclothes go in separate packing cubes. Wear an item until it doesn't smell right, then rinse it out. When rinising out no longer works, set the item aside until there are enough items for a load of laundry. Time laundry for a location we'll be at least two nights. Cheap to send out laundry in Morocco, Greece, and Thailand. Cheaper by far to use in-house laundry in Australia. Coffee is by the cup. One price, one cup. Want a refill? Buy another cup. Flat white for Mo, long black for...

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Feb 17, 2018 - More Sights in Sydney

We have Friday and Saturday left in Sydney, and do plans Coffee slang: short black - shot of expresso; long black - expresso with hot water added; flat white - shot of expresso with steamed milk; cappuccino - same; mugoccino - cappuccino in a mug; babycinno - steamed milk with powdered chocolate sprinkled on top! We had a nice continental breakfast at our hotel, including vegemite for our toast, and "long black" coffees; and set off to walk across the Sydney Bridge while it was cool. It tool about 30 minutes and 2500 steps. Not much to do...

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Feb 15, 2018 - Opera and Carmen

We returned Thursday morning to Circular Quay and had a sandwich in the wharf area. Then we hiked up the hill with suitcases in tow... about 3 blocks... to our hotel for the next 3 days: the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. It is supposedly the oldest hotel in Sydney. There are two floors of rooms (7 total) over the pub and brewery. There is no elevator. Luckily a nice young woman helped us drag the suitcases to our fourth floor room. Good AC, corner room with 4 windows, nice large tub! We rested for the afternoon and then prepared for our trip...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Glamping on Cockatoo Island

We went to Cookatoo Island on Tuesday afternoon. Cockatoo is a UNESCO Heritage Site. In the morning we visited the old Mint Museum, and had a lovely tour with a knowledgeable docent tooking for something to do! Then we walked to the Sydney Museum. Although the exhibits were visually appealing, the layout did not make sense... so not impressed. Then we grabbed a sandwich across from Parliament and observed 2 demonstrations! One for low wages and one about being sorry? Turns out it was about Barnaby Joyce's sex scandal. We have noticed how...

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