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October 11 Sydney Australia

Oct 11 Sydney, a tour, shopping, Terry arrives!

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October 11 Sydney, Australia

The ship docked very early this morning at Sydney, Australia. We woke up to this amazing view, the Sydney Harbour and the Opera House! Wow! This might be the most amazing port in the world!!

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As soon as we cleared customs, we left the ship and ventured off to explore the port are of Sydney, on foot. We walked for a bit, and came upon an art gallery, featuring the works of Charles Billich who is world renowned for his artistic works, including the Olympics in China, the Australian Harbour, and so much more. Here is some of his work. Check him out on line if this appeals to you! And, while we were in the gallery and chatting with the woman in charge, the ARTIST himself came in!!! We met him! He brought flowers for the gallery; he is 85 years old now, but there is no doubt he is still an ‘eccentric artist! How amazing to meet him!

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We wandered down the quaint port streets...

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And came upon a weekend end ‘pop up’ craft market where we fell in love with the clothing designers and fashions on sale. Hopefully we can come back here in one of our upcoming stops in Sydney.

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We walked about for a bit, and then returned to the port, where we hoped to meet up with Terry who is flying in to join us for Legs 2, 3, 4. We had arranged to meet him at a little bar adjoining the ship’s terminal, and were not sure how he was going to manage getting from the airport to the port, but after only about 10 minutes wait, there he was, getting out of a taxi!! SO nice to see him. Can’t believe how much I missed him over these past three weeks!! And so we are 3 travellers now!

With Terry, Sharon and I navigated our way through the embarkation process and boarded the ship. We joined the ‘welcome on board’ festivities with the 3000 new passengers for this 4 day cruise. There are about 90 of us that are ‘back-to-back’ passengers, meaning we are returning to the cruise from the previous cruise. The other 2910 passengers are from Australia, so it should be an interesting trip!

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Once on board we wandered the ship for a short while and then had access to the rooms, where we unpacked and got settled. Terry and I are on the 8th floor; Sharon is on the 11th floor. Took us a while to get organized so we can find what we need easily...the stateroom is quite roomy for a cruise ship but we have a lot of stuff this trip (43 days for me; 26 days for Terry!)! Once we had finished this we stood on our balcony and watched the ship leave the port of Sydney. We will be returning here 3 more times along this trip so we will explore it more on one of those trips.

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We went for dinner with Sharon in the dining room and then retired early to our rooms, to relax. It was an early night; Terry had been up and travelling for about 40 hours and he was done! I did some blog entries and we crashed. Here is Terry, all ready for a good night’s sleep, saying goodnight to ‘Rainbow Dash’ (Rainbow Dash is the little stuffy who is travelling with us. Terry brought him. He belongs to our 4 year old grand daughter, Brooklynn. When she learned she was not able to come with us, she found a little stuffy, named him Rainbow Dash, and sent him along on the trip!).

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And that’s a wrap, more to come...Carol on the go!

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Posted by carolonthego 19:41 Archived in Australia

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