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Sydney Town (historical)

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  • Day14

    Across America

    July 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We did it. We travelled over 3,000 miles by train from the East Coast to the West Coast of the USA. Wow. WE DID THAT. Kate and I quite regularly have these little moments where we check ourselves and realise what an amazing adventure we've embarked on so don't ever think we don't appreciate how lucky we both are.

    We were genuinely sad to leave our 'Zephyr' this evening. Our fellow passengers and train crew had become a temporary little community most likely never to meet again.

    It was my turn on the top bunk last night and I have to say it was no where near as comfortable. Needless to say I was a bit tired today and spent more of the day in our roomette snoozing and generally shutting the world out. The scenery was yet again amazing travelling through Nevada and California - the photographs really don't do it justice.

    We are all settled into our San Francisco hostel now and I'm very sleepy. I promise to write a longer post next time. Pictures will have to say more than words tonight.
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  • Day1

    Walking along the Embarcadero

    August 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This area of San Francisco was destroyed by the earthquake and great fire of 1906. About the only buildings still standing from that time are a couple of ferry terminals, including the main clock tower. Last time we explored this area was in the mid 1980's when they first began to redevelop the area into smart shops and apartments adjacent to the harbour and the financial district.

    Coit Tower, a historic monument dominates Telegraph Hill overlooking the Bay.

    The boxy sculpture I had previously photographed in 1984. Back then it had lots of wide open space around it. I really had to look hard to find it this time because the parks and buildings have grown around it.
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  • Day18

    Chads Tag Along Tour Day One

    April 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Awesome Day ! We were buggared after near three hours in customs and to our hotel by midnight! But after a solid night sleep we were up and out by 8am checking out the sites and literally sdidnt return to our hotel until 11pm !!!!

    San Francisco is gorgeous. Has such a lovely vibe about it, relaxed, happy and clean !!!

    We visited the fresh food markets, where we discovered honey straws and proper melted hot chocolate !! The Bay Bridge here is amazing although not as recognized as the Golden Gate.

    We Then walked out way along from pier 1 - pier 39 where all the action is. Seals on decks, restaurants etc!

    Being in America we enjoyed our first taste of doughnuts an corn dogs. Chad can't believe everything looks like the movies.

    As only we know how to do :) we then hired a tandem bike and rode our way across the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to Sausalito. And we only nearly died twice .... once when I took my hands off the wheels to video ...... oops 😳 the second time when Chad forgot a red light means stop😬

    The Golden Gate Bridge is spectacular and from the town of Sausalito you can see all the way back over to San Francisco. Was a gorgeous sea side town ... with valet bike parking 👍

    It takes 25 people two years to paint the Golden Gate Bridge and it needs to be painted every two years..... so that's permanent employment for someone!

    Chad prefers riding in Lycra to jeans and my little legs kept up to his 6 foot giant legs !!! Haha

    We found a gorgeous Mexican restaurant for lunch and we had a quiet beer and Soju cocktail .... though I ordered a second one I discovered 1 was enough and left the other for the locals 😳 the food was awesome !!

    We then ferried our way back from Sausalito to San Fran and jumped on a hop on and off bus to work out our plan for the next day!

    Dinner at a sea food restaurant to try San Fran's. Lam chowder ! Avoided o'farell street and the district to always politely decline invitation and. Found our pillows at 11pm.
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  • Day18

    We love San Francisco

    April 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Not much to say except we absolutely love San Francisco :) completely different weather today but we've had so many laughs and funny memories made :)

    We tried root beer .... truly tastes like dencorub !

    Chad accidentally called 911 trying to dial out of the hotel room 😳😬🚔 embarrassing!!

    Seen and tasted from the most amazing chocolate shop....

    Tracked half way round the city to find Miss Zoe's picture of the full house house
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  • Day19

    Tag along heads to Yosemite

    April 17, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Checklist

    Up at 5am to chads 4 billion alarm clocks so we don't sleep in 😳
    New jackets purchased yesterday for super cold weather AND Chadwick worked out if you use coffee pods in the coffee machine instead of milk pods you get coffee 👏

    We are ready for the day ahead!

    So we are off this morning pre dawn to head to Yosemite to see some more of the natural beauty of USA... and hopefully chads first time seeing snow.

    Very excited for today
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  • Day17

    Hello and Goodbye to San Francisco

    March 18 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    After being rejected from my flight to Houston, I again had to resort to the waiting game till it was time to board my new flight to San Francisco. If it was hard for me to keep up with the constant changes of flights, I could only imagine how hard it would have been for the baggage handlers to keep my luggage heading in the right direction.

    When I arrived at the departure gate I was met with a sight that I have never seen before - there was not a single passenger to be seen. Apart from the check in lady, there was absolutely nobody else. I started to fear that the flight had either been cancelled or had already taken off, however when I showed my boarding pass, she invited me to immediately board the waiting plane.

    From time to time I have had the rare privilege of flying on a scarcely filled plane, however I had never been on an empty one before. According to my count there could have been no more than about 8 passengers on the entire plane. I had the entire rear half of the plane to myself. In more normal circumstances this would have been like winning the lottery, however to me it just looked sad. There was no way that United Airlines could run many more flights like that one as it would have been costing them a fortune. The rather morose flight attendants would also have been aware that they were about to be laid off from their jobs.

    The flight took off on time and I was hoping that the pilot might be able to make up some time by flying with his foot to the floor. After all the plane must have been much lighter than expected. I was still worried about making my way through San Francisco airport in such a limited time.

    I can't remember much about the flight, but I do remember flying in to land in San Francisco. My first impression was that the entire city seemed to be surrounded and covered with water. I looked hard to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge, but it was nowhere to be seen.

    The empty plane bounced to a standstill on the tarmac. I started looking at my watch. The pilot taxied up to the terminal building. Another five minutes had passed by. We waited. There were a few loud bumps outside the plane. We were still waiting. Another 5 minutes had passed.

    Finally the pilot came on the PA to announce that there was a problem with the skybridge. They were waiting for an engineer to sort it out but that there "might be a 20 minute delay". My heart sank even further.

    Finally they must have got the skybridge working and the 8 passengers were able to get off the plane. I started running through the almost deserted airport terminal. The first step was to go throug immigration where I was thoroughly scrutinized and fingerprinted. Then I went in search of the baggage collection. Time was passing.

    The main thing in my favour was the fact that the airport was SO QUIET. When I reached the lugagge carousel my bag was already there. I grabbed it and proceeded to re check it for the next flight to LA. It started to look like I might do it after all.

    The final step was to go through security screening for the next flight. It was a case of "empty your pockets, remove your belt and shoes and enter the Xray scanner". It was the most thorough security check I had ever experienced, but it all took time.

    After a final frisk search with my trousers about to fall down to my ankles, they finally gave me permission to grab my stuff and continue my run to the departure gate. By this time I had gone well over two days without sleep and I was feeling like I hardly knew my own name. It is incredible what your body can do when it is running on pure adrenaline. Somehow I found the correct departure gate and was happy to see that the flight had not left without me.

    I immediately walked into the flight to LA. I was still doubtful that my luggage was still following me, but at least I was still on course to catch my final flight back home. It was only a very short flight but I think I might have finally succumbed to exhaustion and managed to shut my eyes. The next thing I remembered was the plane taxiing along the runway at LA. We had already landed without me even knowing it.

    Only one flight to go !
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  • Day18

    The Golden Gate Bridge

    April 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    We have ridden it, bussed it and stared at it from all angles ! It is spectacular !

  • Day18

    Just some more snaps :)

    April 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Hey Wayne! Don't miss me at work too much tomorrow :) it will be a struggle but I'm sure I won't miss work. Xx

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