Friday, August 4, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Brisbane Australia!!!




Our first port...Brisbane!
So we signed up for the off road trek...
Now when we signed up for an off road trek, we were thinking open air jeeps...
driving through the Australian version of a forest...
seeing kangaroos and lot's of interesting terrain and wildlife.


OK...we were in air conditioned 4 wheel drive Mercedes type super vans!!!
And yes...we did drive off road over some bumps and dips in the road...
but not quite what we were imagining!
Join me in exploring the off road adventure in Brisbane!


Our first stop...for tea!
Cute little spot...pretty little church around the corner...
and interesting plants!


Next stop...Tamborine National Park...
our Aussie jungle experience!


Imagine a heavy rain...the roots of the tree making a virtual bath tub...
Time for a bath?


This tree had interesting root structures that intertwined with the original trunk...




Some interesting fungii...


And our first wildlife sighting!!!
A small group of kangaroos off in the distance, 
sharing the space with a herd of cattle!


"Kookaburra in an old gum tree.
Merry, merry king of the brush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookabura, 
How gay your life must be..."
Sooo...I'm not a %100 certain he's a Kookaburra...
but he pretty much looks the part!!!


Ok...getting ready to throw the boomerang...
nice form...


Throwing like a boy?  Nope...didn't work...
pretty much straight into the ground!!!


Throwing like a girl...


Ramona nails it!!!
Great girl form!!!  


Next up...Dick...
we won't even go there...


The road back to our port.


Some of the Australian flora I was looking for!


More kangaroos!!!
Or...
Isn't that the same group?



Next stop...an Australian winery!


While we were there, this lovely wedding was going on in the back forty...


The lovely wine plantation building!


The view on our way back to the ship...


I just couldn't resist playing with the shadows in these mountains... 


An afternoon beer to refresh after a long day in port...


And just some random guy against a cool backdrop...
couldn't resist the pic!!!


Next stop...Airlie Beach!!!



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...in Australia...Day 4




Our time in Sydney had come to a close and we're ready to board
Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas!!!





On board...we're seeing things from a different angle!


Checking out the skyline from the top deck...


...and of course...checking out our new digs!!!


We claimed our spot at the top deck bar...


...no lampshades on our heads...but a couple of light fixtures sticking up out of our hats!!!


And now for my coups de grace...
my night shots from the deck...
Sydney harbour skyline from the upper deck...


The classic shot of the Sydney Opera House...from a slightly higher angle!


Sydney Harbour Bridge from the deck as we're on our way out of the harbour.


...see those tiny specks of light on the top of the bridge...those are people!
Crazy people climbing the bridge at night!


The Sydney skyline as we cruise by...


...and of course...
the Sydney Opera House...front and center!

Goodby Sydney!!!

Next stop...Brisbane!



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Sydney, Australia, Day 3!



The next day we took the "Hop on Hop off" bus around Sydney...
to see what we couldn't see from the boat!


I have to admit I have a certain fascination with interesting architecture, reflections, and clouds!


Now this is one type of building I've not seen before!
Not sure how they did this...but the building was growing plants all up the sides of it!!!


I think the Aussies have seen and have been fascinated by the Hollywood Capitol building!!!
Check out the similarities here..


I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of the two buildings, and what I think was a bridge...


On a mission!  
Ramona and Pat in the photo, and TheChief and I were on a mission to find
Kerrigans Barbecue...
recommended by a friend as the best barbecue in Australia.


Along the way I saw this and loved the lines!


We thought we were on our way to a good restaurant...
with relaxed dining...good beer or wine...and great food.
Well...
...we found it!
Only no indoor dining at this one!  A barbecue food truck!
Beer and wine available inside at the bar of the hotel where the truck is parked!
Delightful outdoor dining over looking the water...
...and great food!


On our way back to the "Hop on Hop off" bus we saw...


...you guessed it...view #9 of the bridge!!!


I just can't get enough of these buildings, reflections, and clouds!


The Motley crew...
Pat, Ramona, TheChief, TheChieftess, Michele and Dick!
Since Pat, Ramona, Michele and Dick weren't with us for our "Hop on Hop off" boat tour...
...we decided to do it again!!!


Now this is something I wasn't expecting to see!
Several people rappelling down the fins of the Sydney Opera House!
Don't know if they were cleaning it, or had special privileges to do this...
...but how cool is this???


TheChief and I hanging out by one of the canons on Fort Dennison Island in the harbour.


Today's primary stop was Manly Beach...first we had find the perfect spot for lunch!


Pretty nice view from our lunch spot!


Then a walk on the beach!
And on to...


...you guessed it!  Watson's Bay!!!
TheChief happens to be the one who made me a Watson!!!


A cocktail or two at this harbour side bar...


...watching the sunset over the boats moored in the bay.


And the last sunset shot on our way back to Darling Harbour, and our hotel!




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