May 17, 2019

Days 24 and 25: Final relax days in Brisbane

Back to our friends house for a perfect ending to our trip. Lots of sleeping in and home cooked food and laughter. And cards. And a giant dog named Shinto!

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May 15, 2019

Day 22 and 23: More Gold Coast and travel to Brisbane

A perfectly lazy day. Long beach walk, breakfast and coffee and then a nature preserve fillers by a terrific dinner at Helennica!

May 14, 2019

Day 22: Exploring the Gold Coast

Lazy morning followed by meeting one of Puja’s former school friends for coffee.

And then (wait for it!) another gorgeous beach walk, a beer, and then (for me, at least) a long swim in the Pacific. The sweep tide was super strong and the waves not super catchable, especially staying within the safety zone where the lifeguards were watching. But awesome to be in the ocean and even better that I did not meet a great white!

May 13, 2019

Day 21: Travel to Gold Coast

Left Sydney to get to the Gold Coast. Arrived. Looking forward to being on the beach tomorrow!

May 12, 2019

Day 20: Bondi Beach Walk and Bridge Climb

Oh, look there. Just another set of stunning beaches here in Sydney!

Oh. And a pretty bird at the coffee shop to start things off!

Bridge climb absolutely fantastic but die to the rigor of ensuring that we didn’t wreck the bridge, no pics. Have them on a USB drive, so will add later.

Finished with dinner at an Italian spot. The “small” bowl of pasta resulted in me not having room for dessert!

May 11, 2019

Day 19: Darling Harbor, Welcome Wall, Open Market, Opera House

10 miles of walking around the city with a very good cup of coffee to start the day. Then a walk thru Darling Harbor whose name suits it perfectly.

Loved the Welcome wall at the Maritime Museum with stories of the six million or so people that have immigrated to Australia from almost every country in the world.

The open market was more of a swap meet than we thought but we found a Greek gyro shop for a terrific lunch.

After that it was walking more: thru Chinatown and back to the Opera House which is magnificent. We had a beer, watched the sunset, and made friends with the seagull patrol dog!

Dinner at the oldest pub in Sydney.

May 10, 2019

Day 18: Sydney Harbor, Manly, Chinatown

Walked out to the harbor, caught a ferry to Manly, had a great flat white, watched a surfing competition, did a tasting at 4 Pines Brewery, and then came back to town to explore and have dinner in Chinatown. Another fantastic day!

May 9, 2019

Day 17: travel to Sydney, Bridge walk and Meat Pie!

Dropped the rental car, sent Mark off to attend a family event and flew to Sydney. The first stop was at the oldest bar in town fir a pint and a meat pie followed by an 9 mile walk around the Central Business District.

The bridge and harbor are gorgeous and we explore them tomorrow!

May 8, 2019

Day 16: Whitehaven Beach and FISH! And CORAL!

No pics of the fish and coral. Freaking amazing. Great Trevelli, Wrase, and a host of smaller (but not small) fish as well. We took a catamaran to Whitehaven Beach, a world heritage site, and then tied up for two snorkel adventures.

The first was all of the big fish and the second, the coral. I could have floated for miles on either one: elegant fish so big that when they looked at me I could tell they were sizing me up (and it is true the food and drink has resulted in more of me than when I left) and the coral waved, colored, undulated, grew and shrank before my eyes.

Back at our place now and contemplating dinner!

May 7, 2019

Day 15: Outer Barrier Reef

Very few pics but the reef was amazing; I haven’t ever snorkeled with that many fish.

The two and a half hour each way trip was so worth seeing and learning about the reef. And no one in our party threw up-an added bonus!

We stopped at Hamilton Island on the way out a very pretty harbor!