Australia: Days 13 and 14 — Travel from Sydney to LA

Well, I must confess that I am writing and publishing this post the night before I leave Australia. So, no, mother, I’m not home yet. I haven’t even left Australia. Of all the vacations I’ve ever taken, this one has been the most exhausting and the most rewarding. I am near death! I’m very strange in many ways. One way:… Continue reading

Australia: Day 11 — Sydney Opera House

The first set of pictures, of the Opera House, below, were shot yesterday at the end of the day.  The remaining pictures of the Opera House were shot today from the ferry as I rode across the harbor to the zoo, and then some photos of the Opera House from the other side of the harbor. Sydney hosts an artistic… Continue reading

Australia: Day 10 — Sydney 1

We are spending time with friends who are from Sydney.  They have actually volunteered to be our official Sydney Tour Guides.  So today we walked all over the main area of the old city and ended the day down at the Opera House. Regrettably, the oddest thing has happened:  It’s raining, a lot!  I’m repeatedly told it never rains in… Continue reading

Australia: Day 8 — The Great Barrier Reef

The day was dedicated to the Great Barrier Reef. Even though the weather was less than ideal, we were off to the reef. The boat ride out from Port Douglas was perhaps about an hour. The ship attached to a large pontoon anchored to the sea floor next to the reef. Fortunately, it didn’t rain while we were all actually… Continue reading

Australia: Day 4 – Travel Day to Ayers Rock

Today is a a travel day from Hobart to Ayers Rock via Canberra and Sydney.  They day started at 3:00am Sydney time, and every flight featured loud, obnoxious children under the age of 4 behind me.  One started kicking the back of my chair until I said loudly, “What the hell?!” as I turned and starred at the parent.  Do… Continue reading

Australia: Day 3 — Bruny Island and Adventure Bay, Tasmania

Tasmania is full of wide open spaces filled with rolling hills, pasture for sheep, deep forest, and miles of untouched coastline.  The drive from Hobart to Bruny Island was gorgeous in the early morning sun.  Bruny Island is in fact an island and has no bridge; therefore, we had to take a ferry over to the island. An old vintage… Continue reading