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October 27 Sydney, Australia

Off the ship, to Hotel, Tour of Sydney

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October 27 Sydney, Australia

Up early, final bit of packing, breakfast and said a fond farewell to our ship. We disembarked the ship about 8:30 AM, after 37 glorious days on board the Celebrity Solstice! It has been a remarkable journey so far, too many ‘firsts’ to count, checking off a few ‘bucket list’ items (and adding a few more because if you run out of bucket list items you kick the bucket and no one wants that!).

We waited about half an hour before our pre-arranged transfer picked us up and delivered us to the Raddison Blue where we stayed overnight before our flight to Alice Springs. The hotel just a short walk from the pier where the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens are located; it is lovely, rooms are big (seems so spacious after the little cabins on the ship), with every amenity we need. We were early to the hotel, so we stored our luggage and the three of us walked around for an hour, exploring the downtown area.

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At 11:00 AM we were picked up by Mark and Sue, a lovely couple from Sydney who we had met on the ship. They were part of the ‘new friends’ crowd who gathered each night before dinner at the Martini Bar and shared stories about the day, forging new friendships. They were so gracious to offer to take us around Sydney for the day, showing us the highlights by car that we might not otherwise see/visit. Sharon stayed to do a bit of shopping and rest at the hotel while Terry and I headed off in Mark and Sue’s BMW for a fun few hours.

We travelled along the coastal areas of Sydney, from beach to beach while Mark and Sue provided a lively commentary about the places and experiences they had had in those areas. We visited Bondi Beach, Taramarama Beach, Coogee Beach and a few other beaches, all of which were crowded on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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At the end of the tour we were taken to Mark’s Yacht Club to have a drink and lunch and see their sailboat. After so many bit meals on the ship we were happy to have pizza and fries with our beer!! Tasted so good!! Their sailboat is a day-sailer and quite nice, used by them and their family at least once a week, often more.

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Sue and Mark took us back to the hotel after several hours of good company and a great overview of the city. We said farewell, sadly, and hoped that our paths will cross again, perhaps in 2 years when they hope to come to North America.

Our hotel room was ready so we checked in, got settled then connected with Sharon. The three of us walked around for a little while but it was very windy so we parked in a little pizza place and had delicious pizza (twice in one day, ha!). And then we returned to our hotel rooms and prepared to fly out in the early in the morning, heading off to Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the morning for a few days.

And that’s a wrap on another great day in Australia. More to come...Carol on the go!!

Posted by carolonthego 23:50 Archived in Australia

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