Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sidney Opera House

After a wonderful day at Darling Harbor, we went home to the West Wing to freshen up, and then Graeme picked us back up and the three of us went for wood-fired pizza near Manly Wharf, again delicious. We rode up to North Head in the dark to see possums. And then back for this last view of the city lights.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Australia is too far away and too large a country to spend just a week there. But with us being in New Zealand, Australia was too close not to stop over for a quick visit for the week.

This one week visit just whetted our appetite to return. We are calling it our reconnaissance mission for our next Australia trip. Thank you cousin Paul for your good ideas for the next visit. For sure it will include a visit to you and your rice and sheep farm and your neighbors' Yellow Tail vineyard, on our way to Ayers Rock. After that we'll take your advice and see the north central coastal area, before heading back east to Sydney. Murray, next time we'll give you plenty of warning that we are on the way and take you up on your offer of a full day boat ride, with a lunch stop at the fabulous Sydney Fish Market. Roommate Paul, thank you so much for your hospitality, we very much enjoyed tea and coffee and breakfast with you each morning. Pam, you deserve a medal. Phil, the West Wing was fabulous and the trained laughing Kookaburra flock were a delight each morning, thank you for making us feel so much at home. Graeme, you are the tour-guide extraordinaire! We are envious of how well you know your beautiful city. Good bye for now to our friends from OZ.

And goodbye for now to all of you who have "traveled along" with us on our 2006 Down Under Tour. It's been having you along for the ride!