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From the New York Times Travel Section this weekend, they have this headline: 52 Places to Go in 2023" with this sub-headline: "Travel’s rebound has revealed the depth of our drive to explore the world. Why do we travel? For food, culture, adventure, natural beauty? 

 

Auckland is one the top locations that this annual NY Times reporting puts in the world spotlight.  Here are some of their highlights: “Auckland is usually considered the entry point for the rest of New Zealand’s natural attractions, but travelers just passing through can miss that it’s also the culinary capital (sorry, Wellington).  Restaurants that have been germinating while the country’s borders were closed are now ready to be sampled by all. Just 10 minutes on foot from the newly renovated downtown, for instance, takes you to Hugo’s Bistro, with unfussy French-inspired food that takes advantage of New Zealand’s fertility: Saffron, wasabi and truffles, among other delicacies, are grown in the country.  The city’s famous multiculturalism also plays a part: Omni, which opened in 2020 and whose head chef worked at Hong Kong’s Yardbird, makes high-end yakitori, and Little French Pastry’s founders, originally from France, serve up mille-feuille rivaling Paris’s best.”

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/travel/52-places-travel-2023.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!  Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture.  This posting is now at 99,626 views.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226

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In that same New York Times Travel Section this weekend headlined as: 52 Places to Go in 2023", they also spotlighted Kangaroo Island.  

 

This is one of the top locations that this annual NY Times reporting puts in the world spotlight.  Here are some of their highlights: “A haven for koalas and other wild creatures, healing after devastating wildfires.  A short trip from Adelaide, South Australia’s capital, the nearly 1,700-square-mile Kangaroo Island is known for incredible wildlife, breathtaking ocean views and its status as an ecological haven — like a zoo without fences.  Three years ago, devastating fires consumed the island, wiping out wildlife and destroying a famous luxury hotel, the Southern Ocean Lodge. Efforts to rebuild are continuing, and the island is more compelling than ever to visit. At the Kangaroo Island Koala and Wildlife Rescue Centre, you can book a private tour to see the animal hospital facilities, or bottle-feed a joey (a baby kangaroo). At the long-established Seal Bay Conservation Park, you can watch one of Australia’s largest colonies of sea lions frolic on the beach. And in 2023 the Southern Ocean Lodge will reopen, grander and better than before.” 

 

Super loved Kangaroo Island from our 2014 visit there.  Awesome is my quick summary as detailed earlier on this live/blog with many pictures.  There is super cute video as a part of their story featuring two wonderful koalas  Would love to learn and see more as to how this islands these days looks and seems after the wildfire damages. Glad to hear they are re-building and trying to recover.

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/travel/52-places-travel-2023.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.).  Now at 70,772 views:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

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On 1/15/2023 at 11:04 AM, TLCOhio said:

From the New York Times Travel Section this weekend, they have this headline: 52 Places to Go in 2023" with this sub-headline: "Travel’s rebound has revealed the depth of our drive to explore the world. Why do we travel? For food, culture, adventure, natural beauty? 

 

Auckland is one the top locations that this annual NY Times reporting puts in the world spotlight.  Here are some of their highlights: “Auckland is usually considered the entry point for the rest of New Zealand’s natural attractions, but travelers just passing through can miss that it’s also the culinary capital (sorry, Wellington).  Restaurants that have been germinating while the country’s borders were closed are now ready to be sampled by all. Just 10 minutes on foot from the newly renovated downtown, for instance, takes you to Hugo’s Bistro, with unfussy French-inspired food that takes advantage of New Zealand’s fertility: Saffron, wasabi and truffles, among other delicacies, are grown in the country.  The city’s famous multiculturalism also plays a part: Omni, which opened in 2020 and whose head chef worked at Hong Kong’s Yardbird, makes high-end yakitori, and Little French Pastry’s founders, originally from France, serve up mille-feuille rivaling Paris’s best.”

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/travel/52-places-travel-2023.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!  Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture.  This posting is now at 99,626 views.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226

Thanks Terry. As always you are a wealth of information. 
I think I can blame you on getting hooked on Meditteranean cruises on Celebrity. 
It looks like you have moved on from Celebrity cruises? 

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On 1/18/2023 at 5:27 PM, 59impala said:

Thanks Terry. As always you are a wealth of information.  I think I can blame you on getting hooked on Meditteranean cruises on Celebrity.  It looks like you have moved on from Celebrity cruises? 

 

Appreciate these kind comments and this follow-ups from this NZ traveler.  Great to hear that I have "hooked" you on the Med.  We have not exactly moved on from Celebrity.  The challenge with Celebrity is that most of their cruise liners are fairly large and they are limited as to being able to visit certain smaller, more-interesting ports.   For us, it is about the itineraries!!!  Where can we go that is unique, different and special?  Just visiting ports we have already done is not as attractive and appealing. Trade-offs??  Pro-con factors??  Cruise lines such as Silversea tend offer a wider variety of more creative schedules and locations to visit.  It is good to have many, variety travel options.  

 

From a key travel news website this morning, they had this headline: Delta Air Lines unveils 1st-ever route to New Zealand with these highlights:Delta Air Lines will land down under later this year with its first-ever service to New Zealand.  The carrier announced on Friday that it's adding a nonstop flight from its hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Auckland Airport (AKL) starting Oct. 28.   This new 6,504-mile nonstop flight will operate daily using an Airbus A350. The new route will be available to book starting on Saturday, Jan. 21, and there's no telling how many SkyMiles a business-class ticket will cost.

 

More airline options to New Zealand is good.  But, however, it is still a long, long flight to reach super scenic NZ.

 

Full story at:

https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-air-lines-new-zealand-paris-routes/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 53,564 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta.

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From Forbes magazine earlier this month, they had this headline: Best Places To Travel In 2023 with these highlights to spotlight Rotorua/New Zealand :Rotorua is the adventure capital of New Zealand’s North Island, with activities ranging from Class V whitewater rafting to bungee jumping to a one-of-a-kind pedal-powered 'Shweeb Racer.' But the city’s also more than that: learning about Māori culture is especially easy here thanks to a wide range of experiences. The city’s dramatic nature is also all-around, with geysers, mud pots and other geothermal features all within city limits.

 

We enjoyed our 2014 visit to Rotorua, especially learning more about the Māori culture.  

 

Full story at:

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/credit-cards/travel-rewards/best-places-to-travel-2023/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Athens & Greece: Visuals, details from two visits in a city and nearby with great history, culture and architecture.  Now at 49,932 views.

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From Forbes magazine earlier this month, they had this headline: Best Places To Travel In 2023 with these highlights by writer Ben Nickel-D’Andrea to spotlight Tasmania, Australia :Breathtaking scenery with beaches, forest, mountains and plenty of unique wildlife await anyone heading to Tasmania.  An often skipped Australian state, it remains packed with adventure and relatively secluded. If hearing the haunting screams of a Tasmanian devil is what you’re into as well, head to the many sanctuaries, where these endemic marsupials are protected, to see them up close and learn more about them.

 

We enjoyed our 2014 visit to Tasmania, especially seeing the great scenery, beaches, visiting a wildlife sanctuary, etc.  

 

Full story at:

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/credit-cards/travel-rewards/best-places-to-travel-2023/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast on the Silver Spirit.  Now at 32,974 views.  Many pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

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More on Tasmania?  From MSN News earlier this month they had this headline: Travel bucket list 2023: 10 unique travel destinations.

 

Here are some of their highlights:Hobart, Australia: There are few destinations where travellers can climb a mountain, head to the beach, and visit a world-class art gallery all in one day, and Hobart is one of them. The capital of Tasmania is the southernmost capital in Australia, and the weather is unbelievably good all year round. Framed by the incredible Mount Wellington with the River Derwent flowing through, adventure seekers can explore the region via kayak, abseiling, or even surfing. Visitors can enjoy world-renowned artwork at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). With its ferries, fishing boats, and floating pier, the natural charm of Hobart is undeniable.

 

Full story at:

https://www.msn.com/en-in/travel/news/travel-bucket-list-2023-10-unique-travel-destinations-across-the-world-take-your-pick/ar-AA16cuvV

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal.  Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 31,728 views.

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From the London/UK Telegraph last summer, they had this headline: How to spend a weekend in Sydney" with this sub-headline: "Where to stay, drink and dine in Australia's dazzling harbour city.

 

Here are some of their reporting highlights:Sydney has a reputation for being beautiful yet shallow, but scratch the surface a little and you'll see that Sydney has a lot more going for it than just the way it looks. Beaches that bedazzle, windswept coastal walks overlooking whale-dotted waters, hole-in-the-wall bars, weekend farmers' markets and a thriving food and wine scene are among the drawcards that keep the locals happy and the visitors flocking.   For a beach-centric summer holiday, choose to stay in suburbs like Bondi or Coogee, where clothing is minimal and the water (and people) stay warm past sundown. Those more interested in nightlife, restaurants, bars and shopping will find inner-city hotspots like Potts Point and Surry Hills excellent bases.

 

As an example for their many interesting tip, here is one to consider: "Treat yourself to dinner at Café Sydney. The location, on the rooftop of Customs House, is spectacular. While the prices are on the steep side, you also get a front-row seat to the best show in town: the harbour, the house and the bridge. Share the seafood platter and enjoy prawns, marron, Moreton Bay bugs, crab and oysters."

 

Full story at:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/oceania/australia/new-south-wales/sydney/articles/sydney-travel-guide/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 21,553 views.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

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From the London/UK Sunday Times this morning, they had this headline: The world’s best new museums" with this sub-headline: "It’s boom time for galleries and education centres, many of them designed by the world’s leading architects.

 

Here are highlights for one of four locations spotlighted:Sydney Modern Project, Art Gallery of New South Wales: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is a focus of this ambitious A$344 million (£193 million) museum extension – a spectacular series of pavilions that cascade down to the harbour by Pritzker prize-winning Japanese architects Sanaa. Unveiled in December to mark the 150th anniversary of the gallery, the remodelling of the museum is billed as the city’s most significant cultural development since the Sydney Opera House. As well as almost doubling the space for the gallery’s 36,000 works of Australian, Asian and European art, it has an art garden that links the new building to the original neoclassical one."

 

This museum's website is: 

artgallery.nsw.gov.au

 

Full story at:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/best-new-museums-new-york-istanbul-sydney-hotels-gxmpmmcc8

 

Thought I would share this background here as an options to consider for Sydney if time allows.  Below is a visual from The Times article showing this new facility with the Sydney skyline in the background: 

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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 245,913 views.

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From the London/UK Telegraph this morning, they had this headline: Australia’s 10 greatest islands" with this sub-headline: "The best Aussie isles to discover, from the sandy paradise of Fraser Island to the home of the country’s cutest marsupial.

 

Ranked right behind Fraser Island, they had Lizard Island as number two with a spotlight on its "Seclusion on the Great Barrier Reef".  We were fortunate in 2014 to have visited and LOVED two of these top ten islands in Australia.

 

Here were some of their reporting highlights: “It’s an hour’s flight north of Cairns but Lizard Island may as well be a million miles away. Tucked between the north Queensland coast and the outer barrier reefs that line the edge of the continental shelf, Lizard is home to an island resort and a small camping area close to a network of walking tracks. Cod Hole is a bucket-list dive site and the snorkelling is superb. The best views are from Cook’s Look, from where the explorer scanned the ocean for a navigable passage through the reef. Unless you book a resort package, access is by private boat or plane charter only.” 

 

For Kangaroo Island, their profile shared: "Fringed by spectacular white-sand beaches and crisscrossed by visitor-friendly bush-walking trails, KI is the best place in Australia to see kangaroos in the wild. Following devastating bushfires in 2020 the island’s story is now about regeneration. Book a ranger-led tour to see the Remarkable Rocks at Flinders Chase National Park, visit a eucalyptus oil distillery, go foraging with the island’s first gin distiller or head out on a boat from Seal Bay. Refuel at farm gates, oyster shacks and beach cafes and book a table under the gnarled limbs of a 120-year-old fig tree."

 

In addition to Fraser, Lizard and Kangaroo, their top ten listing also includes: Lord Howe Island, New South Wales; Norfolk Island; Bruny Island, Tasmani;a; Rottnest Island, Western Australia; Hamilton Island, Queensland; Magnetic Island, Queensland and Cockatoo Island, New South Wales.  Agree with this listing?  Any major "star" islands missing?

 

Full story at:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/oceania/australia/australia-best-island-holidays/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!  Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture.  This posting is now at 103,313 views.

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From the London/UK Telegraph yesterday, they had this headline: Tasmania: Go to the laid-back island for astonishing beaches, stupendous hiking, bizarre creatures and the planet’s cleanest air with these highlights: For over a decade Tasmania had become ever more aspirational. Mainlanders (as Tasmanians call all other Australians) lauded the cutting-edge creativity and gastronomy of capital Hobart. Then the pandemic hit. Tasmanian food and wine remains stellar, blessed by the clean waters of the South Atlantic and the world’s purest rainfall, a byproduct of what is officially the world’s cleanest air (having Patagonia and Antarctica as your nearest neighbours upwind has its benefits). But post-pandemic, a new generation of lifestyle downshifters has rejuvenated Tassie’s tired B&Bs and put the soul back into soul-food. In short, they’ve reminded us that a key part of the state’s appeal is its character – easygoing, fun. The other part hasn’t changed for aeons. Tasmania packs a lot of scenery into an area the size of Ireland. 

 

Lots to love for Tasmania!!  Enjoyed our visit there in 2014.  We had only one day there, but we saw and experienced much. Nice to read this story and bring back great memories. Is this story a good summary and accurate for Tasmania?  Feel free to add your tips, insights and suggestions for Tasmania. 

 

Also shared in this profile: "Hobart is perfect for pottering. You’re staying at the port where convict-built sandstone warehouses now harbour galleries, crafts outlets and cafes; a lovely spot to browse and people-watch. Its Saturday crafts market (8.30am till 3pm) is a perfect Tasmanian introduction.  Follow the waterfront to the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery (tmag.tas.gov.au) for a primer into what makes Tassie tick: history, wildlife, green ethics. Ice-breaker ships in Constitution Dock are a reminder this is a launchpad for Antarctica."

 

Full story at:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/tours/ultimate-itineraries/tasmania-perfect-holiday-itinerary/

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.).  Now at 71,505 views:

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2076101-live-amazon-river-caribbean-many-pix’s-terryohio/

 

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From the BBC three days ago, they had this headline: Sydney Opera House: The monument that represents Australia with this sub-headline: "In honour of its 50th anniversary, Sydney-based correspondent Nick Bryant explains how the building came to symbolise Australia, and why its original architect never saw it in person."

 

Here are some of his reporting highlights:The Sydney Opera House recently commemorated its 50th anniversary. The iconic design is one associated with the Australian city the world over, along with the steel arch bridge, which spans the harbour. Considered a triumph of 20th Century architecture, it very nearly didn't get built in the international search to find a design.  This vision of modern beauty, with its famous curves covered in more than a million bright white ceramic tiles, was initially placed in the reject pile. But its journey to realisation says much about Australia today.”

 

Additionally, the author shared: "The country's most instantly recognisable building is a landmark to Australian ambiguity. The most obvious interpretation is that it represents Australia's rising post-war self-confidence. The appointment of Jørn Utzon, a little-known Danish architect without a major project to his name, was a sign of a less insular outlook and a new spirit of national assertiveness.  The opera house probably would never have been built had it not been financed by lottery money, reflecting the centrality of gambling in Australian life. "

 

Full story at:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20231102-the-sydney-opera-house-the-monument-that-represents-australia

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

Athens & Greece: Visuals, details from two visits in a city and nearby with great history, culture and architecture.  Now at 59,551 views.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101008

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Congratulations Sydney!!  

 

From Condé Nast Traveler magazine two days ago, they had this headline: 10 Friendliest Cities in the World" with this sub-headline: "The bustling metropolises you loved most this year, from Oceania to Mexico.

 

They asked questions about: Did an outgoing local go out of their way to give you directions? Easy to navigate? Get good vibes from the people around you?  They picked the ten best cities in the world for this important category in their Reader's Choice Awards survey.  

 

Here are their reporting highlights for this Australia superstar: “Let’s face it: You can’t beat Sydney. The beautiful seaside city has always been beloved by our readers, and now it’s even earning high marks for its friendliness factor. This should come as no surprise (Aussies are famously chummy), but the next-level lifestyle of Sydneysiders really must be experienced in person. And if you need another reason to visit, consider that Sydney has some of the best beaches and coffee shops in the entire country.” 

 

Full story at:

https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/2015-08-14the-2015-friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-in-the-world?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=cnt&utm_mailing=CNT_Daily_PM_112223&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5db3f99524c17c23c34ecf3e&cndid=6657468&hasha=e1ca3019f9f535a4b98389997c63b892&hashb=7daf2541a0de702392cfe60ed513a5c2d1d23598&hashc=f541a9e649534cc2931bd57d58d8c2cac2bb8c5d298f722bad5b05cc8ad5ece2&esrc=IDCONDENAST_REGGATE&utm_term=CNT_Daily

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 55,258 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta.
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From the New York Times Travel Section coming this weekend, they will have this headline: 36 HOURS Melbourne with these highlights: “Melbourne, long seen as Australia’s second city, is runner-up no more after officially edging past Sydney in population for the first time in more than a century. But if Sydney is the extroverted showboat full of grand gestures (opera house! beaches!), arts- and food-loving Melbourne plays it cool. Visitors will discover odd and wonderful surprises, sometimes hidden in the laneways (what Aussies call alleys), including spaces like a church caretaker’s cottage turned cocktail bar or a limestone art gallery tucked amid rustling gum trees.”

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This detailed profile features a number of restaurants and bars, attractions, museums and live music, shopping, where to stay and getting around options and potentials.  

 

Here some added details that hit me as interesting background:  "Melbourne’s city center was a ghost town at night, until a relaxation of liquor licensing in the 1990s brought new life to the laneways.  Flinders Lane was the center of Melbourne’s rag trade, as its textile industry was known, until production moved offshore starting in the 1960s. Today, it’s home to a number of gorgeous shops and restaurants.  On weekends, Chinatown’s sidewalks are a crawl of families out for yum cha (what Australians call dim sum, from the Cantonese for “drink tea”). Melbourne’s Chinatown is the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest, established in the 1850s during the Victorian gold rush, when tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants came seeking their fortune.  Lygon Street, in Carlton, is Melbourne’s original Little Italy, where postwar migrants installed some of the city’s first espresso machines and imported Italian goods."

 

Reactions, corrections, likes and dislikes about this reporting by Tacey Rychter, an editor for NY Times’s Travel section who lived in Melbourne for nearly 30 years and travels there regularly.

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/11/30/travel/things-to-do-melbourne-australia.html

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio   

 

Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast on the Silver Spirit.  Now at 34,145 views.  Many pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

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From the Wall Street Journal for this weekend, they have this headline: A Traveler’s Walking Guide to Sydney’s Buzzing City Center" with this sub-headline: "Sydney’s Central Business District is no longer just a place for work meetings and conferences. It’s hopping with genre-bending restaurants, an absorbing art museum complex and happening hotels that await the wandering tourist, too.

 

Here are some of their reporting highlights: “The area’s diversions—including a new museum, a bustling Chinatown and a rambling botanical garden—are all tucked into a compact, thoroughly walkable footprint.”

 

A number of options for what to see, where to stay, what to eat, etc., are detailed.  Also included was this colorful map graphic:

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Here were some specifics detailed, including: "Art Gallery of NSW North Building: This new stand-alone annex—nicknamed the Sydney Modern—opened in 2022 as part of a $344 million expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). A swooping glass atrium in the entrance teases what’s inside. The expansion nearly doubles AGNSW’s exhibition space, and brings First Nations art front and center."

 

Full story at:

https://www.wsj.com/lifestyle/travel/travelers-walking-guide-sydney-central-business-district-be399b88?mod=lifestyle_lead_story

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio   

 

Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal.  Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 32,524 views.

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From Condé Nast Traveler magazine last month, they had this headline: Best Places to Spend Christmas Around the World" with this sub-headline: "Some celebrations are worth the price of a plane ticket.

 

Here are their reporting highlights for Sydney:Why we go: You haven’t seen Christmas lights until you’ve seen Sydney’s Christmas lights. Plus, the holiday season lasts an entire month here (take that, 12 days of Christmas) with 'Sydney Christmas.' The festival features the city’s largest Christmas Tree at Martin Place.  The one thing to get you in the spirit: Wonder at the 3,500 twinkling lights at the Strand Arcade or the 85,000 twinkling LEDs at the incredible Pitt Street Mall Canopy of Light.  Stay here: Celebrate with a Christmas Day lunch followed by a nap by the rooftop pool (remember, it’s summertime Down Under) at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.”

 

Full story at:

https://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-12-08/copenhagen-to-quebec-14-cities-that-do-christmas-best?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=cnt&utm_mailing=CNT_Daily_AM_122523&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5db3f99524c17c23c34ecf3e&cndid=6657468&hasha=e1ca3019f9f535a4b98389997c63b892&hashb=7daf2541a0de702392cfe60ed513a5c2d1d23598&hashc=f541a9e649534cc2931bd57d58d8c2cac2bb8c5d298f722bad5b05cc8ad5ece2&esrc=IDCONDENAST_REGGATE&utm_term=CNT_Daily

 

THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio   

 

From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 22,294 views.  Connect at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/

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