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  • Day7

    Adelaide

    May 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Adelaide may or may not be prettier than Melbourne. The architecture differs in the colour of the local stone.

    I was lucky enough to be here while the art gallery was hosting an exhibition of French Impressionists and what was fascinating was how close to the pictures we were allowed; you could see the genius of tiny individual brushstrokes of primary colours that blended to your eye as you moved away.

    I also visited the main museum and a museum dedicated to South Australian migration. There is a magical precinct off North Terrace where the university blends into galleries and boutique museums like in London.
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  • Day6

    The Train

    May 26, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The first thing to be said is thank the universe for the upgrade. Having a private loo and space to spread out a bit made a huge difference. If I were the type to spend free time hanging out in the lounge car the single 'cupboard' would have been fine but I am not. As a couple, the twin would have been quite cramped with Rick being 6'.

    The staff on and off train were all amazingly helpful and attentive but not in a forced way. All behaved as if they genuinely wanted to be there.

    Food was amazing. Every meal a new experience cooked and served to perfection either on a moving train or in the middle of nowhere, often with live music and always with wines curated to match.

    The train was 920m long but there was always motorised transport from the far ends if you needed it. Most places that we stopped were on sidings some distance from town, as I said, the middle of nowhere, but we'd get back on dusk to a roaring bonfire and canapes as the sun set.

    A lot of VERY old people. Very few international teavellers, very few young people and about 70% I spoke to were Queenslanders.

    11 out of 10
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  • Day5

    Coober Pedi

    May 25, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Champagne brunch overlooking one of the most unique views in the country at The Breakaways. Tours of mines and underground houses and churches. Lunch today was in a hude disused mine; again sit-down 3 courses and I'm becoming too accustomed to wine with every meal.Read more

  • Day4

    Alice Springs

    May 24, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Well it was extremely unfortunate that yesterday's stopover in Kathrine didn't go ahead due to our delayed departure. Today was sight seeing in the Alice which, being surrounded by craggy, treeless and inhospitable mountains reminded me of Queenstown Tasmania; except for the temperature of course. Lunch off train was still white table cloths and silver service even in the middle of a dessert park.Read more

  • Day3

    Darwin

    May 23, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    This is a photo looking back towards Darwin from the direction the Japanese bombers approached. I did a tour yesterday of WWII heritage sites which was part mini bus and part boat and found it very interesting.Read more

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