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The Sun Shines in Sydney

Well we had to wait until our last day to see Sunny Sydney but we were blessed today with a fantastic day which we spent cruising around the Harbour. We have now posted a few photos of our stay here including the Bridge Climb. So here are our thoughts about the last few days.

First of all hats off to Sydney we love it here and the Sydnonians (if that's what they are called) are friendly and helpful at all times and they all seem so happy.....and who wouldn't be, living in this city. On our first night we were still feeling jet lagged so limited our evening to a visit to a nearby pub for a pizza and a pint and then a stroll back to the hotel in the rain and getting lost on the way but with some fantastic nighttime views of the Harbour and we did not mind the rain as it was very warm.

On the following day we hoped for sun but to no avail as it rained nearly all day. We were a bit annoyed as we had come all this way and arrived for the first wet spell of an otherwise long hot summer in Sydney. With true British stoicism we made the best of it and went on a tour of the Opera house which was fascinating and then a tour of the Modern Art Gallery which had some fantastic Aboriginal Art. By this time I (Frank) had to go and make my way to the Bridge for my long awaited Bridge Climb birthday present, much thanks to Ian, Kelly, Duncan, Julia, Andy and Sarah. The weather forecast predicted thunder and lightning and lots of rain. Fortunately for me the rain stopped and there was no lightning which would have been a reason to cancel the climb, so as you will see in the pics I made it to the top for my "sunset climb" minus sunset! Any way it was a brilliant experience. Also just as I finished it started to rain heavily again so I was very lucky!

Today our last day here in Sydney we were blessed with sunshine which really set the scene for our hop on hop off boat tour of the harbour. Our first stop was Taronga Zoo, cleverly built down the hillside. A cable car zoomed us up to the top and we made our way slowly back down seeing loads of animals on the way. I (Christine) didn't go much on the snakes, especially the most venomous one in the world, but loved the koalas, liked the giraffes and was fascinated by the body language exhibited by the gorillas. We then moved on to Watson Bay and walked on a cliff top from which you could see views of the Pacific on one side and the harbour on the other. We stopped for a delicious tea with dainty sarnies and scones, jam and cream at Dunbar House, see photo, while we waited for the boat. All in all a perfect day and I can really see why people would want to emigrate here.

Love FandC

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Photos from Singapore

Here are a few pics

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On our way to Sydney

rain 22 °C

We have just arrived at Changi Airport . It's 9.00 pm and we fly on to Sydney at 20.20 pm. Another 7 hours overnight and I hope we get better sleep than on the last overnight flight from Dubai. Anyway we enjoyed Singapore. It's reputation as a clean and friendly place was well demonstrated. We had an excellent meal on the quayside in a popular area known as Clark Quay on our first night washed down with some Tiger beer. That was as much as we could manage that evening being shattered by the flight. The next day we slept in by our normal routines to 10.00 am and nearly missed breakfast. The rest of that day we toured the harbour area, went on the Singapore Flyer (like the London Eye but bigger). They say it is the biggest ferris wheel in the world, and the views were excellent. The harbour area in Singapore is visually stunning with lots of unusual modern buildings and many skyscrapers and is best seen from one of the "bum boats" (yes that is what they are called) that take tourists around the harbour and Singapore River. In the evening we went to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling (great atmosphere in the famous Long Bar) before going to a restaurant to try the local speciality known as red chilli crab. This is not a meal for the faint hearted. Apart from heat of the chilli, the sauce in which the crab is cooked just gets everywhere. You can't really eat it without getting covered in the sauce. the only implements available are chopsticks, a thin steel pronger for pulling out the crab meat, a completely useless ceramic Chinese spoon and of course your fingers. We both made a right mess but enjoyed the fun of eating it. It was very sweet which we found a bit strange and confusing for the taste buds.

Christine has just met the pilot for tonight's flight when he asked if he could push in ahead of her in the queue for the security check. She was very polite to him and he said he doesn't get that at home! I'm not sure where all this was leading to or whether Christine will now be invited up to see his cockpit but we will soon see!

Anyway back to Singapore. This morning we made it into breakfast for 8:45 so an improvement on yesterday. We took the local bus to the Botanic Gardens which were lovely, very extensive and well maintained. The best part was the orchid garden and of course we have some pics and will add some to the blog when we get to Sydney. Our feet had given out by this time ( Christine writing this bit) so we took a tour bus for the afternoon. We visited a Buddhist temple in Chinatown and watched part of a service/ceremony performed by Buddhist monks joined by the local Chinese community. It was quite a special and atmospheric moment with the scent of joss sticks and the chanting of the monks.

We had hoped to post this in Changi Airport with good and free wifi but time passed too quickly and we were called for the flight. So now we are posting this in Sydney. We have had a quick lunch and a walk round the harbour edge but now it's these long haul flights take their toll. Christine has crashed out leaving me to post this blog and do a bit of browsing for things to do in Sydney. Not that that would seem to be a problem!

Anyway that's about it for now. Will post some piccies later.

By the way Christine was disappointed not to get the call to the cockpit after all !

Love Frank and Christine

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Jet Lagged in Singapore

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Hi everyone,

This is just a quickie to let you all know we arrived safely in Singapore. We are off to get an evening meal in Clark's Quay and just trying to work out what type of food we want. We are not sure whether it's breakfast lunch or dinner to be truthful. The flights were good and on time but crossing so many time zones definitely upsets your bio clock.

One thing we've taken to straight away is warm sunshine - it is a bit steamy here but it's great to be going out with no coats cardies etc (though we're advised to have a brolly with us). The first people we've met were a couple of from Walsall so I (Christine ) was taken right back to my roots!

So will it be the chilli crab, the dim sum, the laksa or the fish head curry? Christine isn't ready for the chilli crab yet but I might be up for it!

More to follow

Love Frank and Christine

Ps the waiter has just brought over a bowl of crisps and of course Christine dives straight in to discover they are chilli flavoured and exceptionally hot!

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Counting down to take off

rain 9 °C

Well its only 6 days to the start of our holiday. We are beginning to get prepared and the excitement is growing. We are collecting together clothes and other items that need to be packed. We have followed Andy's advice about cleaning hiking boots and made sure they are spotless in preparation for the inspection on arrival in New Zealand. We don't want any embarrasment before we can get started by having to clean them in the customs hall!

By popular demand we have once again, as you will realise by now, set up a blog on this website from which you can follow our Antipodean Antics. There is a map showing the route provisionally planned and we will upload photos and commentary as we go.

Hope you enjoy the blog.

love Frank and Christine

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