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  • Day47

    Sydney, New South Wales

    January 30, 2015 in Australia

    Second day at Sydney and we were exhausted from walking yesterday. We figured we walked about 12 miles on the VivoFit bracelets that Jeff and Ali have. Today it was off the Manly on the north end of the harbor to the beach there. The ferry from the main terminal "Circular Quay" was about $13 dollars round trip. Manly is a great little town/community that is on a bay with a large beach and a lot of little beaches around the larger inlet. The surf was really up from the gale force winds out in the ocean so the surfers were having a great time and it was very dramatic. We walked up the headlands in the National Park and got lost on the trail and finally found our way to the campus of a small college that used to be some prominent persons house in the area. We wondered the grounds and then down into town to eat at some natural food bar. We are so used to the small portions on the ship that we can barely eat a meal even when we split it when we go out. The dinner that we had at the Opera House was catered by one of the local area restaurants and was way to much food for us.
    The ferry ride back from Manly turned into a amusement park ride. The waves coming into the entrance were coming in straight from the ocean and hitting an outgoing current and standing up very tall. We had a two deck ferry and the at one point we turned into the waves and they were much higher then the boat. We got launched over one of the waves and everyone on board screamed just like a roller coaster as the boat came crashing back down into the face of the wave. Water didn't quite get into the upper deck where we were but I don't think anyone could have been standing on the outside deck below us.
    Rest of the day was spent walking the downtown and then having a fantastic dinner before we got the the worst of the waves. It looks to be a bad one tonight.
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  • Day46

    Sydney, New South Wales

    January 29, 2015 in Australia

    We spent the night bouncing up and down in 15 to 20 foot seas with 40+ knots of wind getting into Sydney. As soon as we crossed the headlands the seas calmed and we were met with one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The city sits on a hill at around the corner and as you wind your way around the turns of the bay the city reveals itself slowly until you finally see the iconic Opera House and bridge with the sun shining on them. We couldn't have had a more pleasant entrance to Sydney. The boat is docked past the bridge overlooking the Darling Harbor side and we have to take a short shuttle bus ride to the city center. We went in and started our tour of the city by walking the Botanical Gardens starting at the Opera House and walking up to Hyde park and then around the city back to the Rocks. We found a great little place to get a beer and a burger on the roof of pub in the Rocks overlooking the harbor. Later we had a harbor tour and then dinner at the Opera House with an aboriginal welcome dance followed by the opera "Tosca". It was quite fun. The Opera House has the english translation of the words on a screen above the stage so it turned out to be fascinating and very beautiful to hear as well as fun to actually understand what was going on. We had a similar setup in St. Petersburg, Russia when we went to see Madame Butterfly there but the translation was in Russian so we were no better off then listening to the Italian. :-)
    Back to the ship at night. I will post another for tomorrow since we are there another day and have lots of pictures.
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  • Day5

    Sydney

    September 16, 2016 in Australia

    Unser Flug von Bangkok hatte einen Zwischenhalt in Sydney, wo wir noch einmal durch die Sicherheitskontrolle mussten. Danach ging es im selben Flugzeug weiter nach Neuseeland.

  • Day12

    A Hotchkiss for the Day

    February 8, 2016 in Australia

    Today I decided to just relax and hang out with the Hotchkiss family. I made this decision because I've just been go go go for the last couple weeks and needed to relax a bit. At about 1 am Zach put a brisket on his smoker to cook all night and day.

    During the day I got the opportunity to play guitar with both Jaxton (8) and Jaylin(10). They both have little ukeleles so we tuned them and then made up some songs. I strummed the guitar while they played the ukes. We all had a blast and both kids learned a thing or two. Along with enjoying the kids Lori and I chatted for a good long time about all kinds of things including family and life in general. It was great to get to know her and to have some solid conversation.

    Mid afternoon we took a walk with everyone along the coast. It was pretty hot outside and the kids struggled a bit. Despite this the walk was beautiful and fun. The beaches and cliffs are breathtaking.

    When we returned we played more and finally ate. Dinner was off the charts. It included smoked brisket and chicken, bleu cheese cole slaw, and homemade baked beans that were actually also cooked in the smoker. Everything was spectacular and it had been a while since I have had a sit down home cooked meal.

    After dinner Zach and I sipped some fantastic scotch and walked to the beach where we tossed the football and watched the ocean.

    To cap it all off Zach and I put down a few more drinks and watched Django Unchained. What a great movie.

    All said and done Sunday was relaxing and quite simply good for my heart and soul. I can't wait to see them again.
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  • Day10

    Sydney Tower Eye & Botanic Garden

    September 18 in Australia

    Heute etwas im botanischen Garten herum spaziert und im Sydney tower eye die Stadt von oben beschaut :)
    (Neue Schuhe für nur AU$120 gab es auch noch 😅

  • Day2

    The Star Casino, Sydney

    February 13, 2016 in Australia

    The Star Casino wants you to have it all. That’s why they offer so much to their dedicated visitors, and to those people passing through who are looking for a good time and want to place a bet or two. This is the second largest casino in Australia and is the only legal casino in New South Wales! When you are here, you’ll feel as if it is tailor made for you in regards to variety of games, services and amenities, shops and entertainment. The guests are their highest priority. Step inside and you’ll have everything at your fingertips for an amazing few days of fun and frivolity under The Star.

    So much to play

    Where to start!? Why not on the gaming floor? There are two to choose from. The main gaming room on level one is separated into three sections: table games, electronic games and Poker. Why not try your luck at a table game? Here you can play Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack or everyone’s favourite dice game, Craps. For something a little different you can try Pai Gow, which is a Chinese domino game. There’s also the big wheel to spin! Easy to stay all night at this one, unless Bingo is more your thing. Bingo would have to be one of the most fun, and one of the easiest games to play on the floor. Why not have a round or two at the regular Bingo game where you can win cash, casino dollars and a jackpot!

    If you would prefer to start at the pokies then head to the Electronic Games quarter. The Star Casino houses over 1490 gaming machines for you to choose from. However if you are a little more serious about your evening them you’ll need to head straight to the Poker tables. The Star has 20 tables on the main floor, they run weekly tournaments and other events throughout the year, plus a Star Poker Summer Series where there’s a $400,000 up for grabs. Best get your poker face on for these players.

    Your other gaming floor option at the Star is the Sovereign room on level three. This upgraded, invitation only, luxury and exclusive area is something to behold. With top-notch views of Sydney harbour, this stunning floor has private gaming rooms, dinning areas and lounges for the very special guests only. Want to get that ultra exclusive feeling? Then you’ll need to dress to the nines and get in here.

    So much to buy

    The Star casino is big on the shopping front. If you want to play as a high roller then you’d better dress like one! Gucci, Calvin Klein Jeans, G-Star Raw at your disposal, not to mention designers like Bottega Veneta, Moda Emporio, Salvatore Ferragamo, Im Lingerie and of course, the one and only, Chanel.

    So much to gain

    If you are visiting The Star casino in Sydney Harbour, you’ll want to know about this amazing rewards system. With an Absolute Rewards card you not only received discounts and benefits at al the retail shops, bars and restaurants but you can earn points too! When you use your card on a purchase you gain rewards in Absolute Dollars, which can be used to buy goods and services in the hotels and spas.

    The very best thing about this rewards system is that it works not only for The Star Casino. It is also linked with Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast and the Treasury Casino and Hotel in Brisbane. So you can redeem all over the country!

    It’s the whole package

    Food, entertainment and accommodation. The Star Casino Sydney has it all.

    Grab a drink at the Sports bar, Balla Aperitivi Bar, Marquee, Rock Lily, Black Bar, Cherry, or the Sokyo Lounge before your night begins, or watch the sunset from the awesome Sky Terrace, the absolute place to be in summer.

    If you need a quick bite, head to the café court or the many casual dining restaurants. However, if you are after something a little bit more special, you simply must try one of The Star’s signature dining restaurants. You’ll have to decide between Sokyo, Momofuku Seiobo, The century, Osteria Balla Manfredi and Black By Ezard. A tough choice, as they are all excellent in service and quality cuisine.

    Big on entertainment, The Star hosts two performance venues where you can see a wide range of shows and concerts. The 2000 seat Lyric Theatre has had big shows like Phantom of the Opera, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, and Matilda cross its stage, as well as international artists like Stevie wonder and Elton John. The Star Event Centre concert venue has had the likes of Tom Jones, Anastasia, and Ricky Martin stop by, just to name a few.

    After all that you’ll probably need to relax, so you may head to your hotel room and the spas to rejuvenate. Its your choice of place at The Star’s luxurious accommodation. The Darling Hotel is beautiful accommodation and is paired with The Darling Spa, which is a real treat. Astral Towers is sleek and sophisticated with everything you could possible need, and the Astral Residencies have 130 privately owned and serviced apartments if you are up for a longer stay and need somewhere a bit more permanent.

    Curious yet? You should be, the Star is worth it.
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  • Day13

    Sydney - ankomst

    October 27, 2017 in Australia

    Fredag 27/10

    En resdag.
    Sen utcheckning från hotellet i Ayers Rock och samma varma väder som dagarna tidigare.

    1.5 timme försvann under flygningen pga tidsskillnaden.

    Sydney var befriande svalt. Hotellet i fin art-deco-stil. Det blir nog inte mer skrivet idag!

    Lite till.
    Middagen var på en restaurang på 47’e våningen i ett torn och den delen vi satt i rörde sig runt och vi hann med nästan två varv. God mat, fantastisk utsikt om än lite hög ljudvolym.Read more

  • Day16

    Embarkering på Celebrity Solstice

    October 30, 2017 in Australia

    Måndag 30/10

    Att resa innebär alltid att vänta oavsett om man reser i egen regi eller i en resebyrås regi. I vår grupp är vi alla ordentliga svenskar vilket innebär att alla alltid är i tid. Vi kommer sist av alla men alltid med 2-3 minuters marginal så när vi har kommit säger alltid reseledaren: nu är vi fulltaliga så nu åker vi!

    I dag blev det mer väntan än förväntat. För några dagar sedan meddelade rederiet att ombordstigningen var senarelagd då hamnmyndigheterna skulle göra en inspektion av båten.
    I dag kom ett nytt meddelande att den var ytterligare försenad eftersom några (hur många är några?) av de tidigare gästerna hade drabbats av magsjuka så nu skulle båten saneras innan vi släpps in. Något vi är tacksamma för.

    Vi kom i god tid till båten och det var flera stationer som skulle passeras och till var och en var det en lång slingrande kö. Till slut kom vi ombord och kunde äta lunch (15:30!). Vi hade ätit smörgåsar vid normal lunchtid så vi åt bara lite glass som mellanmål. Rummen var klara först 17 och då förhoppningsvis även sanerade.
    Vi hade knappt hunnit besiktiga hytten innan det var dags för katastrof-övning och då fick vi gå fyra våningar ner.

    Utöver livvästar och livbåtar så verkar handhygienen vara det viktigaste här. Utanför varje matställe står en ur besättningen och tvingar på oss en klutt alkogel. Med tanke på den tidigare magsjukan på båten är vi bara glada för detta.

    Underkläderna höll på att ta slut så vi snabbade oss på att lämna in smutstvätten till tvättning och strykning.

    Det finns närmare 3000 passagerare på båten så det är viktigt med en väl fungerande logistik. Middagen var god och betjäningen utan anmärkning men det var å andra sidan inte fullsatt.

    Dagen avslutades med show i The Theatre, som rymmer ett ansenligt antal personer. Jag måste erkänna att jag blundade till lite i slutet så när den var klar blev det marsch till hytten och sängen.
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  • Day14

    Sydney

    October 28, 2017 in Australia

    Lördag 28/10

    Sovmorgon och lugn frukost. Soligt väder, omkring 20 grader.

    Vi tog en promenad till Darling Harbour och kom mitt i en broöppning eller rättare sagt en brosvängning eftersom den rörliga delen av bron höll sig i horisontalläge och svängde 90 grader för att ge plats för större båtar att passera. Det passerade inte en endaste båt så antingen öppnar man den som en turistattraktion eller så var det den regelbundna kontrollen av bromekanismen vi hade turen att få se.

    Dagen var vikt åt sightseeing med många fotostopp och Harbour Bridge och Operahuset fotograferades från alla tänkbara vinklar. Vi åkte också till Bondi Beach där det spelades Beach Volley under OS i Sydney. Sista punkten var en rundvandring på Operahuset med en väldigt bra guide. Mycket Höganäskakel där och guiden hade t.o.m lärt sig att uttala Höganäs helt rätt.

    Kvällen var fri men halva gruppen åkte, tillsammans med reseledare och guide, färja till Manly - en förort till Sydney. Vackert att se staden från vattnet. Där blev det hamburgare på en pub med Halloween-stämning.
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  • Day75

    LET'S START WITH SYDNEY

    January 19, 2016 in Australia

    Nous vous retrouvons enfin!!! Après des semaines d'aventures en Australie, nous trouvons enfin la connexion et surtout le temps de commencer à poster nos pérégrinations à travers le pays. On commence mollo, avec Sydney. Visite chez la cousine de JM et chez Camille, découverte de la ville, Sydney est grand, Sydney est propre, Sydney est carré...et surtout l'occasion de savourer enfin un mcdo!!! Trop happyyyyyyyy ; )Read more

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