A smooth 2-hour drive got us to the Park Hyatt Melbourne where the Virtuoso family awaited us for this year’s edition of Symposium. Over 4 days, we met with suppliers, listened and participated in stimulating key notes and work shops, and tasted Melbourne’s famous gourmet offerings.
While the fall skies were predominantly great to black, rain didn’t hit us till yesterday when it poured buckets – nothing stopped us though as we walked up and down the main drag along Flinders street and the Yarra River.
A short hop to Sydney and on to San Francisco on united airlines (14 hours) and I will soon be back home.
Put Down Under on you bucket list – this short revisit reminded me of the amazements this continent offers to travelers.
Safe, ultra friendly and welcoming, affordable and only a few hours farther than Europe (from the west coast that is). The sheer grandeur of the continent with sparse population makes this a paradise for abundant wildlife. The cacophony of birds singing stood out as it has gotten so quiet around my neighborhood.
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The clouds lifted and out came the sun to shine on our gaggle of 5 walking the streets of Sydney. The famous harbor bridge – lovingly nicknamed the coat hanger – is the landmark of this spectacular harbor area called the Rock.
The other one is the Sydney Opera house which epitomizes modern architecture. Designed by famed Danish architect Jorn Utzon, this structure still looks as amazingly contemporary today as it did back in 1953 when its design was finalized.
Equally stimulating as the architecture is this roundabout with its rock- smashed car in the center as an expression of public art.
Throwing me for a loop, the Golden leaves on trees indicating fall which is about to begin here in Australia – 180 degrees opposite our spring blooms I left behind last night.
A lovely lunch and a rest later, we then embarked on a “must do” harbor cruise with progressive dinner.
What a sight to see – sunset at the harbor.
Rounding out the night was a wedding party sponsored fireworks display at the bridge for everyone to enjoy!
Now it’s time for a good nights rest as we leave this world class act for a 1400 kilometer road trip to Melbourne. Stay tuned for more info tomorrow.
Despite the gray skies, landing is a sight to behold. From the harbor bridge to the opera house, this panorama never disappoints.
Our 15 hour flight unfolded without any problems and the mornin mist across the sunlit wing was a beautiful and reflective moment for to appreciate what flying offers. No secret here, I love being up in the air where I do my best thinking and reflection. The video does it better justice so enjoy.
It was the late spring of 1991 when three Swiss friends made their way across Asia to Sydney for an unforgettable road trip adventure. Now, 28 years later I have the opportunity to relive the opening stint from Sydney to Melbourne again – in style and comfort. Follow me along on my condensed journey along some of the most magical coastline and scenery galore. It all begins with a 15 hour flight tonight from SFO. This is another first for me as I have never flown to Australia from the US across the pacific. I will be boarding the United flight aboard a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner. Sleep tight and stand by for pics from Sydney.
Upon return to our cabin, we found this tasty and artistic pastry and chocolate tray on our coffee table. I can assure you that it not only looked amazing -it tasted heavenly.
Norwegian Joy is an action- packed ship with attractions for every age. From amazing shows (Footloose anyone?) to waterslides pools and a video arcade called Galaxy that blows your circuits. My all-time fave however was the Go-cart track.
Sue and I had a blast driving the track at 1030 pm eyehole cruising the Straight if Juan de Fuca.
This inaugural was a perfect opportunity to meet team members of the Direct & Vision Travel family from across North America. A bit of fun was had too as you can see.
After a few weeks of silence, my schedule is picking up with some fun travels ahead. It all starts today after touching down at Vancouver international airport which is such a joy to fly into every time. Efficient, clean and oh so friendly and helpful “Aye”.
A short metro ride to the Wayerfront station got us to Canada Place – Vancouver Cruise Port – where the Joy was waiting for us. Towering over the skyline, this latest of Norwegian’s vessels made quite the statement. She happened to be the largest passenger ship to ever call on this majestic port.
Thanks to Norwegian’s top notch organization Boarding was a breeze. Less than 15 minutes and on we walked, escorted by our very own concierge whom brought us to our stateroom.
A first orientation tour of #norwegianjoy gave us the lay of the land. Over the coming 3 days, I will update you all on our experiences on board. My special guest for what amounts to her very first cruise experience is Sue Miller from Alameda.