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  1. We also rode the ferry from Sydney to Paramatta which is and hour's ride along the Paramatta River ...
  2. In 2016 we hired a car and went south to the Royal National Forest..... Making sure that I could recognise our car.... We stopped in Audley which takes its name from a village near out home in Stoke-on-Trent... before moving on to the small seaside resort of Bundeena... and then stopped off at Botany bay on our way back to Sydney..
  3. In 2013 we also did a tour to the Blue Mountains which was very scenic... We rode 'the steepest train descent' in the world which was originally a railway line used by miners to get down to the valley. It was very scary .. There was a pretty walkway through the forest at the bottom and then a spectacular cable car ride back up to the visitor centre..
  4. Happy Easter everyone. We have visited Sydney 3 times and have spent a few days pre or post cruise each time. We enjoyed the city and the sail-out in 2011 was fabulous.... It was strange seeing Christmas decorations up when it was so hot in November 2013.. but our main interest is getting out of cities so we really enjoyed using the ferries to the different areas... Manley beach.. Watson's Bay and
  5. We didn't think the scenery in Doubtful and Dusky was as dramatic... Doubtful Sound... Dusky Sound...
  6. We visited Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds which were all spectacular in their own ways but we thought Milford Sound was the most picturesque. We were up at 05.00 so we could see the sail-in and the Captain told us that we were extremely lucky with the weather as there had been heavy rain when the ship had been there 2 weeks before.... Milford Sound - I never worked out how to set the time stamp on my camera!...
  7. Dunedin City was very pleasant and had a definite Scottish feel....
  8. Gosh Gettingwarmer, I thought my Taieri Gorge pictures had posted themselves when I saw yours😁The scenery was stunning!! Here are mine....
  9. Stunning photos of Akaroa. If we ever go to that part of the world again, I think we would probably stay around the Akaroa area as the countryside was beautiful and I would like to visit the gardens. We also visited Dunedin on the 2013 cruise and, because we like to get out into the countryside, I booked an independent tour which took us on the Taieri Gorge train and then on a bus tour of Dunedin city. The ship docked in Port Chalmers where the ship's version of our tour started with the train waiting on the quayside. We were taken to the station in Dunedin and got the train from there.
  10. We then travelled to Christchurch and we were shocked at the amount of damage caused by the earthquake. It must have been an awful experience as the city, 2 years after the event, was still undergoing major repairs. The day we visited was the day that the trams started running again.... Our last visit of the tour was to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve... We picked up some passengers from the Antarc
  11. We visited NZ in 2013 and anchored just off Akaroa as Littleton was closed due to damage sustained in the 2011 earthquake. Akaroa was a lovely small seaside town, 70 miles from Christchurch. We tendered into the town and then did an independent tour which took us through the town and then to the Banks Peninsular....
  12. Our tour took us out into the countryside and we had a stop at the Nga Manu Wildlife Sanctuary before heading along the coast...
  13. We are not big city people so, although Wellington looked very nice and your pictures confirm that, we did a trip out to the Kapiti Coast area. My pictures of Wellington were taken from the car and it was very overcast when we left the city...
  14. Aulanis, you took even more pics in French Polynesia than we did - hahaha and you brought back many happy memories too. Napier looks really nice...fairly typical of New Zealand. We will be re-joining in Wellington though so see you tomorrow.
  15. The botanical gardens... The blow hole coast.. waterfalls.. it's a ship day for us tomorrow as we haven't been to Napier but I'm looking forward to see the pictures so safe sailing x
  16. W called in Papeete, Tahiti, the day after Bora Bora and found the island to be much more developed and Americanised. We found an island tour once we disembarked and loved the many waterfalls and the botanical gardens.....
  17. The weather for our boat trip was much better.....
  18. We had similar weather in Bora Bora with a cloudy and dull start so, after my husband had done a little fishing, we got an island tour in the morning and a boat tour in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we didn't know about swimming with the sharks so hadn't got our costumes with us.....
  19. We have been lucky to cross the equator a few times so we don't really take many photos these days but here are a few from past cruises over the years This was outr most unusual certificate which came from our last cruise when we sailed from Cairns, Australia, to Sri Lanka and sailed along the equator for a while before actually crossing it! ...
  20. My husband found this beach which was close to where the ship docked. Nobody was taking any notice of the sign and he was mesmerised by the surfers...
  21. 'Blue Hawaii' beach..... The film studio where Hawaii Five-O was filmed and the statue of Jack Lord (detective Steve McGarrett)...
  22. Great pictures of the Queen Mary. We hired a car in LA in 1991 and visited the QM. In those days, all hire cars were white and being young and naïve, I didn't think to make a note of the registration number or the exact position in the huge car park. It took us over an hour just walking up and down rows of cars ro find it and we only identified the car because i spotted a box of tissues that i had left in the window! I learned a huge lesson that day and now take pictures of our hire car registration numbers and any landmarks to identify where we have parked. I also take photographs of taxi/tou
  23. I really enjoyed all the pictures of Alaska and was interested to see what Sitka looked like.....the wildlife pictures were excellent! We have been to LA several times over the years, starting in 1991, but have only cruised from there twice. The second time was in 2018 so I'm using my photographs from that trip. We had an overnight stay at the Normandie Hotel and spent our time walking along Wilshire Boulevard before going to the port... Fortunately
  24. Such great pictures of Alaska. It just makes me want to go back even more as 2007 seems such a long time ago! Our photos are of Glacier Bay. I will be staying on board tomorrow as we haven't been to Sitka so it will join our lengthening bucket list.
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