Trip Down Under

I finally got all my posts written about our trip to Australia in November! I imagine I'll be adding more details to some of the posts from time to time as I recall them. So if you scroll back through all my posts tagged Australia, you'll get the whole trip. Some general observations:  We know we didn't…

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Farewell dinner

Double-deck train We took the train back to Newtown in the early evening, and walked down King Street looking for somewhere for dinner. The first couple places we tried didn't have any tables, but after some discussion they were able to seat us at an Italian restaurant called Cicciolina. That turned out to be a…

Sydney Aquarium

Since the rain had started up again while we were in The Rocks, we decided to visit the Aquarium rather than walk around the Botanical Gardens near the opera house. It's a very nice aquarium – here are some photos:   Part of it is called an Oceanarium, one of the things where you walk…

Darling Harbour

Ferries at Circular Quay After finishing our Rocks walk, we had hoped to do another walk I had cards for, which would take us through the Royal Botanic Gardens and around the Opera House, but it was raining pretty steadily at that point, so we decided instead to use our all-day transit passes some more,…

The Rocks and Gumnut Tea Garden

I had found a set of cards at the guesthouse that described walks one could take around Sydney, and before we went out I had chosen several that sounded interesting. One series showed a walk around "The Rocks", which is the oldest part of Sydney, including the oldest house, built in 1816. We figured we…

Friends in “real life” now too!

ENG, me, FG                 I was sooo excited to meet in real life a couple of my Vox friends! Empress Nasi Goreng and Frumpy Gibbon met us for beers at the Courthouse Hotel on Australia St, and then they joined us for dinner at a little Thai restaurant…

Australia Street Guest House

Australia St – web We stayed for two nights in Newtown, Sydney, at the Australia St Guest House. We again chose a room that had an extra bed, this time in a sort of suite arrangement. With the extra room it was A$160, which isn't bad for a major city. This is an older house,…

Hello Sydney

From Smith's Lake, it was about a 2.5 hour drive to Sydney, so not too bad. Our nav system took us right into the city, which seemed very tight with our stupid big car and driving on the left side – it kept feeling to me (as passenger) that we were going to graze the…

A day at the beach

  Nutri-grain – web When we woke up Thursday morning, the sun was up and the weather looked great! After a breakfast of Nutri-Grain cereal (which was an interesting sort of ladder shape, quite tasty really, and we had it again several more times during our trip), eggs & homefries, and lattes…        …