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Bangkok. 20/21 Feb

28 °C
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After a 10 hour flight arrived at Bangkok at 3 o,clock UK time.

Arrived at the Chatrium Riverside hotel upgraded room views over river no time to sleep lots to do

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We jumped on to the hotel's river taxi which took us further into town into a busy quay, we walked from there into the hustle and bustle and general mayhem, tried the local street food and just soaked up the whole atmosphere

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Posted by Cvclyons 20.02.2014 02:44 Archived in Thailand Comments (1)

Bangkok. 22Feb

Grand Palace - Flower Market - Banyantree River Cruise


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Day two started with a fantastic breakfast at the hotel with so much choice.

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Took a cab to the Grand Palace an amazing place, then wandered around the flower market, the colours, smells and displays were amazing, have never seen anything like it. We were wanting to go to china town but we're advised not to by our cabbie (said he wouldn't take us anyway) because of the protests and if anything bad happened we would say we didn't like Thailand

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Then to finish our last evening in Bangkok we took the Banyan Tree River Cruise nothing but exceptional classic traditional Thai food.

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Fine dining.
Pic of Colin's hand and me as well

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Bangkok. 23/24Feb

Leaving Bangkok

sunny 27 °C
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Our last day in Bangkok, after packing our case's we sat around the pool for an hours relaxation before getting our flight into Sydney4E9466912219AC68176DC66EDEE49350.jpg

Lost a day flying into Sydney, although Chris was happy as she got introduced to the pilots, in the air for around 9 hours and arrived in Sydney at 5.45 am very tired as we had no sleep at all. We took a cab to our b&b apartment in the in Potts Point area of Sydney, put our heads down for an hour or so, woke up not feeling the best but took ourselves into town by walking through the Royal Botanic Gardens, walking through we were greeted for the first time by the iconic Royal Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wow! A pretty amazing sight

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We walked into Sydney Harbour where the Opera House and Bridge could be seen in all their glory

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Tired as we were we then took a 20 min ferry ride out of the harbour into Manly a suburb of Sydney, we had great views of the city as we left the harbour

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We spent the rest of the afternoon in Manly and got a bit sunburnt for our troubles. A pretty town with a bit of a village feel and lovely sandy beach. We were recommended to a fish shop by a local, and to be fair they did taste bloody good

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By late afternoon we caught the ferry back to the city, both knackerd, we sussed out the bus route back to our apartment for a decent sleep, before starting out again the next day

Posted by Cvclyons 26.02.2014 04:39 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

25 Feb 2014 Sydney

Sydney


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In the morning we took the hop on hop off tour bus to to get a feel and see most of the city, with running commentary and brief descriptions at the major attractions takes about 3 hours

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we done the whole circuit then got off at Bondi and spent the afternoon chilling on the beach -like a couple of fifty + year olds do

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We took the bus back passing through the affluent areas of North Bondi, Dover Heights and Rose Bay, very grand design overlooking the different bay's

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26/27 Feb Sydney

Sydney


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Today we Went into the historic Rocks area of Sydney, quaint cobbled streets good restaurants, cafe's then walked around the opera house, harbour side, through to the botanic gardens were we lazed in the sun, we then spent the late afternoon into the evening in the museum of art. They had a few different events on and as it was a late evening Wednesday they had an appearance by Aborigine singer song writer Marcus Corowa, seriously check him out , to hear him live was brilliant he told brief snippets of his life and how they obviously inspired his song writing, pure and from the heart. Sweet soul music (Arthur Conley 1967) spoke to him afterwards a really humble guy. Got ourselves back home after another long day.

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Our last day in Sydney and we took a walk into China Town, although not that impressed the Chinese Garden certainly made up for it, a brilliantly designed space. We then took a walk through to Darling Harbour a smaller dock with plenty going on from there we walked through the city centre to the central quay and opera house had some fish & chips whilst we waited for the sun to go down so we could see the bridge and opera house lit up.

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Posted by Cvclyons 28.02.2014 23:36 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

28 Feb/1Mar 2014 Sydney/Jervis Bay

Sydney to Jervis Bay

We're sad to leave Sydney today but we start our next leg south, following the coast down to Jervis Bay, driving along the Grand Pacific Drive. Through the Royal National Park the scenery down ain't bad at all with dramatic coastline, lush green pastures, cliff top villages and hills to our right , crossing rivers and through coastal rainforests

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Stopped off at a couple of charming seaside towns on route, Coledale and Kiama small laid back, and village like

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We drove through Huskisson at the top of Jervis Bay apparently has one of the prettiest harbours on the south coast to our b@b at Vincentia on the shores of JB. The bay is absolutely stunning, unspoilt with pretty much no one on it. We arrived late afternoon and after a brief chat with our host we took the short walk (300 metres) to the bay, we saw whales spouting great plumes of water from the sea, we learnt they were migrating south to the Antarctic were quite late to do so, pretty cool for us to see. We went back to our b@b where Irene our very welcoming host poured us a chilled glass of Wolf Blass, we had an interesting conversation as she told us tales of coming over from Scarborough in 1956 as a little girl and growing up in Aus, how she hated it etc. The place we're staying seems typical rural Australia, a typical Aussie outback house Irene has two dogs, chickens running wild who follow the older dog around, the garden's very unkempt but full of herbs she uses for cooking, also say's she often has kangaroo's come into the backyard.

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The weather has turned today but at least it's still warm! We spent some time in Huskisson today a lovely small town with a very pretty harbour, then went onto Hyams beach, where a very simple wedding was taking place on the bay

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2 Mar Jervis Bay/Brogo

We leave Jervis Bay and continue south 160 miles hugging the coastline to our next stop at Brogo, The roads are easy, the scenery spectacular, forests, valleys, cliff tops, lakes and every town or village we pass through is the same - lovely! Ulladulla, Milton, Mogo a historic gold rush village, Batemans Bay, we stop at Narooma for refreshments, the small bay is teeming with wildlife and is a protected site.

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We could stop at any one town, but we can't see them all just don't have the time.

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We carry on south, turn right off the highway, turn inland and take a look at Tilba Tilba a National Trust village it seems where time stands still, preserved 19th century weatherboard houses now selling antiques, galleries showing art, leather and jewellery, books etc.

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It's now late afternoon and we carry on to Brogo, again we turn right off the highway slightly inland toward the hills we drive a few miles before turning into a small pot holed, rutted, rock strewn single dirt track road, it's really, really steep I mean steep, with tight turns for about 1 mile, before we find our accommodation for the night, Wonga Lodge. Wow, what a place, don't know about road to hell this is road to heaven! We are perched on top of a hill in the middle of forest, animals and birds it's beautiful. We're greeted by the owners Mary and Woody, Woody tells us that some guests and some friends won't drive up the hill? Really, It's not that bad. We have the downstairs space to ourselves. It's great well furnished and tastefully decorated, it's like an artists retreat in the hills. We get cleaned up and join our hosts, where Mary has cooked us a lovely three course meal, the pair keep us entertained all evening with their stories but we've drunk enough beer and wine that we can drink no more and turn in for the night (or morning)

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3/4 Mar Brogo to Tura Beach-Merimbula

After a good nights sleep and a lovely breakfast on the raised terrace, we bid farewell to Woody & Mary (characters !!) & dogs

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We get back on the road following the coast down to out next stop Tura Beach. We drove through some pretty towns Bermagui, Tathra, and we stopped off at Nelson's Beach very remote down a dusty bumpy road

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We arrived at Tura Beach after being on the road for around 4 hours, seems a very smart area with a golf course on the beach shame Colin didn't bring his clubs, ha ha, we have a couple of nights here and we plan to have a lazy day tomorrow chilling on the beach, picnic, cold beer, and lovely warm sunshine, not bad hey.

The view and beach from our apartment

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We wake to another beautiful sunny day and head to a small 'locals' beach, taking a picnic we have a lazy ole day in the sun with the occasional dip in the sea!!

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Chris has a new friend who's teaching her to surf!!

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5Mar Tura Beach/Merimbula to Metung

We continue south to our next stop at Metung, driving on the princes highway we leave the coast and drive through forests and vast open farmland, this is big country, there's fewer towns along this part of the route just miles of single lane road. As we leave New South Wales and enter Victoria we pull off the highway for a break at Gypsy Point a small settlement at the upper reaches of the Mallacoota inlet

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It's now 32 degrees, a very peaceful spot with beautiful lake views, walks and great for bird watching. Whilst here we take a drive through Mallacoota where river, lake and sea meet, secluded beaches, plenty of wildlife, walking, boating etc. After our rest it's back on the road, a couple of hours later we drive through the Lakes Entrance a beach and lakeside town with plenty of shops, restaurants fishing boats bringing in their catch and trips out on charter boats, before we reach Metung. We arrive to our lovely apartment overlooking Chinamans Creek in Bancroft Bay on the Gippsland Lakes district, very tranquil, relaxing and peaceful, this area is where five rivers end their journey from the 'Snowy Mountains' and form a vast expanse of water tucked in behind the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach.

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The view from our apartment

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6Mar Metung

Thursday morning bright and sunny we decide to head back towards Lakes Entrance and take a boat trip out on the Lakes, there was only about 12 of us on the boat, we see dolphins dancing, seals sunbathing and an abundance of birds pelicans, black swans, cormorants, egrets, to name a few. Weather was perfect and was a great way to relax, we were served "tea & strawberry scones.

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After the boat trip we brought some freshly caught prawns drove back to our apartment and had the prawns, salad and a lovely chilled bottle of White, whilst watching the sunset perfect ! We took a stroll around Metung more upmarket than the Lakes, had a look at some of the properties we had seen from the boat, great designs and views

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Looking at our apartment from the creek

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early night as a long drive to Philip Island to see the penguins tomorrow.

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