Homeward bound – part 1

Well we’re on our way home. This time we travelled on the mighty Airbus A380. A most impressive leviathan of the air. The A380 has a length of 72.7m which is only 1.1m longer than a 747 but can carry 96 more passengers! Its secret lies in the fact that it contains 2 decks. Whilst the interior on the main deck, which we were on, is nearly the same as the Boeing 777 (3; 4; 3; seat arrangement) which we travelled down on on both legs of of journey to Oz, we noticed differences straight away. For one it’s incredibly quiet when compared with the Boeings. On take off it hardly felt the engines were on let alone being pushed to maximum capacity. Another major difference, although one we didn’t see being in “Cattle class” economy class, is the existence of suites … yes suites! In 1st class on the A380, for Singapore Air at least, you can have a suite. A suite is effectively your own enclosed cabin containing video screen entertainment, a recliner seat AND a separate full flat bed and...

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Sydney

We spent a great day touring Sydney on the “Sydney Explorer” hop-on hop off tour bus with Ma en Pa who left Norfolk Island with us and are here in Sydney until a day after we leave. We got to see all the iconic Sydney sights : Darling Harbour; Sydney Bridge; the botanical gardens and of course the Sydney Opera house. The gardens were interesting as we got to see hundreds of “flying foxes”, bats with wingspans of up to 1.5 m, hanging from the trees. Sydney could certainly make a claim to be the Paris of the southern hemisphere … love was definitely in the air … literally! 😀 As we sat on the top deck of the bus we watched a sign writer aircraft carve out the message “Marry me Jen?” above the towering skyscrapers of central Sydney … we didn’t have to wait long for Jen’s answer … 5 minutes later the aircraft wrote out “She said yes!” In addition we saw at least half a dozen weddings, receptions and photo shoots going on around the city. In the evening we headed down to ” The Rocks”, the oldest part of Sydney and site of the first convict landings in 1788, for a...

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G’day Sydney

3,915 miles and 7 hours later we’re saying g’day Sydney. Off tomorrow to Norfolk Island...

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Sydney …

Feb 17, 09 Sydney …

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We’ve had another great day exploring around Sydney. We took a ferry from Darling Harbour across the bay to Taronga Zoo where we got to see alot of the Ozzy native wildlife up close: Koala’s; crocodiles; possums; emus; wallabies & of course Kangaroos. Annelies even got to stroke a kanga & we were both allowed to climb into the enclosure with the Koala Apparently they sleep for 20 hours a day !! …. my kind of animal! 😀 The best one for me though was seeing a Red Panda (aka Firefox!!)After this we headed back across the bay to the Sydney Opera House for a closer look … very impressive indeed. Unfortunately the weather was quite rainy but it still managed to beat a good summers day at home. Tomorrow we’re flying to Brisbane & then off to Norfolk Island. Gotta be up @ 3:45 in the morning (ugh!!) to catch the Brisbane...

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Return to Oz

Feb 16, 09 Return to Oz

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Back in Australia again after 4 years and yet it only seems a short while ago that we were here on our 7 week long expedition to New Zealand, Australia and of course Norfolk Island. The trip across from Hong Kong went very smoothly considering we were sitting next to a chattie Aussie who told us he was holding his own personal competition to see how much beer he could ‘blag’ from the crew….. 5 ‘tinnies’ as it happens! Darling Harbour in Sydney is much as we remember it, quite charming. Tomorrow we’re thinking of taking a boat trip across the bay and visiting Sydney Opera House, something we didn’t manage to do on our last...

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