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  • Day13

    Casino

    December 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Our stay with Guy’s parents is coming to an end. We have been here in Casino since Saturday when we drove up from Forster. There’s been a fair bit of rain and also some sunshine. On Monday we stopped for coffee in Bangalow, visited the solar train in Byron Bay and got food from the store in Clunes on the way home. Driving along some of the back roads has been fun too. It’s very green around here at the moment. We spent Tuesday doing a big clean up of the house and Wednesday we went across to Evans Head. The town has a number of lovely beaches and the river running through it. Guy even managed to pack up the beach shelter in record time!
    Today we drive to Tamworth to spend Christmas with Mum, Dad and a Lyndal.
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  • Day1

    50th Anniversary BBQ

    December 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Arrived at Pacific Palms with Guy and Lyndal to celebrate Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary. Also there were the Loves, Houstons and Battyes.
    They enjoyed their cake and letters from the Prime Minister and Governor General.Read more

  • Day29

    Final Footprint

    January 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Our last two days in London were spent doing some quite varied things! Since we have both visited before, we didn’t need to see the obvious sights. Sunday was a slower start to the day with a lunch reservation at Rovi restaurant (one of the Ottolenghi places). It was tucked away on a quiet street in Fitzrovia but was bustling inside. The service was excellent as were the menu options (drinking vinegar a highlight!). Afterwards we walked to the British museum which was not too far away. This place was absolutely huge in terms of both the building and treasures inside. It was truly awe-inspiring to see so many ancient artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone and all the Greek vases I studied in my first year uni art history classes! In the evening we attended the All Souls Langham Place church service. It was a great experience - we found the people very welcoming and the message gave us some challenges for the year ahead. We enjoyed some takeaway Thai for dinner that night.
    Our final day was spent just outside of central London in Richmond. We had a whole day to spend before the flight and wanted to get out and enjoy a country walk. The route took us up Richmond Hill and through Richmond Park, past Ham House and along the Thames back to Richmond. We had a really good pub lunch to spend the last of our pounds.
    There was a bit more time to kill before needing to go to the airport so we stayed on the tube to St Paul’s cathedral but we only went into a smaller chapel as they’re now charging £20 to enter!
    Our journey home has been a good one. All of the trains, planes and automobiles have worked out smoothly and we were very happy with Qatar. We’re now on the train to Penrith with only a short taxi ride back home. We are looking forward to washing our clothes and cooking our own food! Oh and greeting the cats too! It will be nice to spend some quiet days at home before getting back into the routine of work.
    It has been a wonderful trip with many special memories and we are now thinking about ‘next time’!
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    Merilyn Rose

    Did you see any narrowboats on the river?

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    Fiona Boughey

    Yes I think so.

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    Liz Love

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed following your trip. Now a challenge for me to do this later when we go to France. Liz

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  • Day27

    Oxford

    January 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    On Saturday we travelled to Oxford for the day - Guy had not been before and I wanted to see it again. We caught a double decker coach called the Oxford tube which got us there in about 1.5 hours. After a quick coffee we headed to Broad St for our walking tour of the colleges and city area. It was a really good tour with a former student and Oxford native as our guide. We spent time looking at the grounds of Trinity college including the chapel and dining hall. We then walked through to see the Sheldonian theatre, Weston library, Bridge of Sighs, Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe camera. All these places are only a couple of minutes apart and we even got to see the lamppost which may have inspired C.S. Lewis!
    We found a table upstairs in a Greek cafe in the covered market for lunch. The weather was ok but quite grey most of the day but we decided to see another college. This time I wanted to go back to Magdalen which I had visited back in 2004 with Mum, Aunty Lois and Narelle (although that day was much hotter!). We wandered around the cloisters and out to the path beside the stream, spotting deer in the park. Finally we made our way back to Broad st and passed quite a while in the enormous Blackwell’s bookshop to finish the day.
    Our dinner was again just out on Earls Court road - sourdough pizza!
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  • Day26

    Sunny London

    January 10, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Our trip to London took most of the day so we arrived at our hotel in Earls Court at about 5pm. We had noticed an Indian restaurant and decided to have dinner there - it was great!
    Friday morning was fine a sunny so we walked towards Kensington gardens and hired bikes for a quick ride up to Hyde Park and back around. The weather was really lovely and we enjoyed walking along the Serpentine through the park. We made our way through Wellington Arch to Buckingham palace and then down the Mall on our way to Fortnum and Mason’s for some tea. Along the way I bumped into a work colleague and spotted Princess Eugenie!
    We came back to the hotel with some lunch and then I went out again to King’s Rd Chelsea for some shopping and a Trinny London makeup consultation. Guy visited the library at the Royal College of Music. We then met up in Chelsea where we saw a jazz singer performing songs from various musicals which we enjoyed.
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  • Day22

    Dublin Days

    January 6, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We arrived here in Dublin on Sunday from Copenhagen. Our hotel is located not far from the city centre on the south side. We had arranged to travel out to Navan on Monday to meet up with Narelle and Eamon but as both of us had colds and we feeling pretty tired, we decided to stay in Dublin to get some errands done (including washing) and just have a wander around. Guy went to the Dublinia museum in the afternoon and we had dinner at a pub (The Hairy Lemon) that night where they had a traditional Irish music group playing.
    On Tuesday we had a bit of a self guided walking tour of the city centre, learning a bit of the history of the Irish republic. Due to some rain, we went to the movies in the morning (Star Wars) and then took a tram out to Kilmainham Gaol where many political prisoners were executed and even the former PM of Ireland was once locked up. That evening we had another pub dinner (The Old Storehouse) and some Irish music, this time a ballad singer.
    Wednesday we had booked a bus tour for the day to Glendalough and Kilkenny. It was a wonderful day weather-wise as we had good visibility and no rain. The guide took us to St Kevin’s monastery and then we could walk to Glendalough. After this a farmer gave us a sheep dog demonstration with his border collie Maggie. We drove on via the Wicklow mountains towards Kilkenny. Here we took a guided tour of the castle. After a big day we had a quick dinner in the Temple Bar area and walked home to the hotel.
    Today is Thursday and we will be flying to London at around 1pm.
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  • Day20

    Aarhus

    January 4, 2020 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    On Friday Gigi drove us and Felip (their AFS exchange volunteer) to Aarhus via Odense and Odder (where we dropped him off). Angel and Heinrich also drove and we all checked in to the Helnan Marselis Hotel for the night. It has a sea view from the window. For dinner, we went to a big converted warehouse that now houses around 20 street food vendors. It was great with lots of choice.
    The next day after breakfast Gigi took us around the town (second largest in Denmark) starting with a walk along the beach which ended with a quick foray into a deer park - some of the deer were quite aggressive in their search for food and Gigi got a good head butt from a small stag!
    We then hopped into the car to drive to a reconstructed town with buildings from the 1700s through to the 1970s. It was very well done from original buildings. From there we walked to the modern art museum which has an impressive rainbow walking platform (enclosed) above the building. It was quite amazing to walk through. We managed to look at some of the art works too!
    Finally we ventured into the city centre and had a quick snack at a roof top cafe at the top of the Salling department store. Gigi drove us home which took about 2 hours on the motorway and included crossing a very long bridge across the ocean between two of Denmark’s islands.
    Today we left Høng in the morning after a leisurely breakfast with the family. We arrived in Dublin at about 4 pm.
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    Merilyn Rose

    These boots are made for walking! 🤣🤣

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    Lyndal Rose

    What is that? A chip or calamari ring?

    1/5/20Reply
    Lyndal Rose

    Cute!

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