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Land of the Long White Cloud.

New Zealand. (2004).

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Roses in Christchurch Botanical Gardens.

We had wanted to go to New Zealand for a long time, but could never find a good deal on the airfare. When to my surprise, my husband suddenly announced he had found a good deal on Air New Zealand, we had to go. We flew to Auckland, transited the airport and flew on to Christchurch. We wandered around Christchurch, investigated the area with the cable car and did a train trip to Arthur's Pass.

Then we took the train to Picton and the ferry across to Wellington. We arrived in Wellington on Boxing Day, only to find it was closed!!!! That is, we wandered for hours trying to find an open restaurant willing to serve us some food. After a short stay in Wellington, we took a bus to Rotarua.

This was a wonderful experience of Maori culture and geothermal activity, but my goodness, it is an expensive place. We moved on from Rotarua to Auckland where we met up with one of my husband's friends- a fellow obsessive Walsall fan. Our stay in Auckland was all too brief and then it was back to Hong Kong.

Shock News:

When we arrived in Wellington on Boxing Day we switched on the TV in our hotel room, largely just to see if it worked, we were eager to get out and about. I cannot remember the programme that was on, but teletext messages kept crossing the bottom of the screen. Things like 100 dead in Thailand, 200 dead in Indonesia and so on. There were so many of them, we had to wait for the news report to find out what was going on. That was how we learnt of the massive tsunami that struck down so many people and destroyed so much property. I remember a feeling of terrible shock.

New Zealand was one of the friendliest, most relaxing places we have ever been. And the people were incredibly kind, hospitable and welcoming. Examples of this include coming back from the cable car in Christchurch and trying to buy a ticket on the bus. The driver said, "You don't need a ticket. You can come back on the same one you bought earlier." "It's over its time limit and I've lost it," I told him. "No problem, I remember selling it to you, " says he. Walking along the main street of Rotarua carrying our luggage when a car travelling the opposite direction stopped and the lady driver asked us if we needed a lift. She very kindly dropped us off right at the door of our hotel. Attending a Maori feast in Rotarua and being asked to sing a song from our home countries. Being quite a shy person, such a request would normally horrify me, but the atmosphere at the dinner with the lovely, warm, friendly Maori people led even me to being totally comfortable and willing to stand up and sing. My husband was well away rendering about 16 verses of Swing Low Sweet Chariots with actions!

We visited Christchurch in 2004. In 2011 it was hit by a massive earthquake; I do not know if the beautiful Christchurch Botanical Gardens were affected. Our hotel was a bit away from the centre of Christchurch and our most direct way into the centre was to stroll through the botanic gardens, thus we were lucky enough to walk through these gardens repeatedly. Parts of them are by the banks of the river. They were stunningly beautiful gardens with the most wonderful rose garden I have ever seen. From time to time we would see people punting on the river. It felt like we had been suddenly transported to Oxford or Cambridge.

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Christmas decorations, Christchurch.

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Roses Christchurch Botanical Gardens.

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Christchurch.

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Christchurch.

I do know Christchurch Cable Car is up and running again as I checked it out on line. We went here by bus from the centre of Christchurch. The cable car takes you up to the top of an extinct volcano. It last exploded 6 million years ago. There are fantastic mountain and sea views from this point

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Christchurch Cable Car.

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Christchurch Cable Car.

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Christchurch Cable Car.

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Christchurch Cable Car.

We took a train trip to Arthur's Pass as we wanted to enjoy some of New Zealand's spectacular mountain scenery. We had a couple of hours there before we had to catch the train back so went for a quick stroll, visited the waterfall and made use of one of the cafes.

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Arthur's Pass.

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Arthur's Pass.

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Arthur's Pass.

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Waterfall, Arthur's Pass.

We arrived in Wellington on Boxing Day. It was, at least on a public holiday, an incredibly quiet place. Most restaurants were closed. One thing still open was the funicular which took us up to the top of the hill. From where we enjoyed great views over Wellington and had a lovely wander round the botanical gardens.

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Wellington Botanical Gardens.

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Wellington Cable Car.

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View over Wellington.

We paid a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. This is a beautiful old wooden building. One of my New Zealand friends tells me she got married here, what a lovely setting for a wedding. This building used to be the cathedral in Wellington, but that role has now been taken by a bigger, more modern building ­ also called St Paul's Cathedral. The church was consecrated by Bishop Abraham on 6 June 1866. It is located at 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon.

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Old Saint Paul's Cathedral.

We travelled by bus from Wellington to Rotarua. Our hotel in Rotorua overlooked the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. At night we could hear the boiling mud bubbling away outside our window. We visited Whakarewarewa Thermal Village twice. First, we went during the day and were escorted round by a very friendly Maori guide who showed us all the geothermal activity ­steaming pools, geysers, bubbling mud. We also visited the Maori cultural centre and saw traditional crafts and learned more about the Maoris' traditional way of life. Then we saw a Maori dance display, including the famous haka. We returned at night for a hangi ­- a traditional Maori feast cooked in the ground, more entertainment and a very relaxed fun evening. I would strongly recommend a visit here. The Maori people who live here are incredibly hospitable and friendly. It was fascinating to see their buildings with the lovely wooden carvings and to see their traditional dancing.

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Friendly Maoris, Rotarua.

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Friendly Maoris, Rotarua.

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Maori Craft.

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Whakarewarewa Thermal Village.

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Whakarewarewa Thermal Village.

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Whakarewarewa Thermal Village.

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Maori Buildings.

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Maori Craft.

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Traditional Maori Greetings.

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Traditional Maori Greetings.

We treated ourselves to a wonderful relaxing soak in the geothermal pools at the Polynesian Spa in Rotarua. This was a splendid way to ease all your aches and pains. it was also very therapeutic for eczyma sufferers like me. The pools overlook the beautiful Rotorua Lake.

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View over Rotarua Lake.

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View over Rotarua Lake.

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Polynesian Spa.

After Rotarua we travelled to Auckland by bus. One of the great things to do in Auckland is to go to the old ferry building and go on a boat trip. Had we had time, we would have tried them all. As it was we chose the trip to Devonport. This was a beautiful place and it had great views back towards Auckland and great views of the volcanic island of Rangitoto.

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Devonport.

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Devonport.

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Devonport.

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Devonport.

We also visited the Domain ­which is Aukland's oldest park. It occupies the site of a former volcano. Despite rainy weather we had pleasant stroll here. It is home to The Auckland War Memorial Museum. We also found a statue of Rabbie Burns here, ­ just to make me a little bit homesick.

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The Auckland Domain.

My husband has a friend who lives in Auckland. Like my husband he is an obsessive follower of Walsall F.C. Sad, I know. He introduced us to the Shakespeare Hotel and Brewery. This is New Zealand's first Brewpub situated on the corner of Wyndam and Albert Street in Central Auckland. It is also a ten bedroom hotel. This old English style pub is around a hundred years old. It serves good food and home brewed beers with a Shakespearean twist ­ for example, Banquo's bitter was on offer during our visit.

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The only two Walsall supporters in New Zealand.

Posted by irenevt 21:21 Archived in New Zealand Tagged auckland christchurch maori rotarua Comments (0)

Golden Autumn Days.

Our Favourite Part of Australia - Tasmania (2006).

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Autumn Colours.

OK, I have lived away from my homeland ­ Scotland ­ for the last twenty-­five years. I'm used to living away. I don't really miss much, but one thing I do miss is seasons and when I say seasons, I really mean spring and autumn. We were fortunate enough to visit Tasmania in April which is autumn in the southern hemisphere and it was spectacular. I would say Tasmania was one of, if not the, most beautiful place I have ever been.

Our Trip:

We flew into Launceston from Brisbane; had a quick look around Launceston that evening. Next day it was off to Cradle Mountain (full of wombats) on a day trip. Then a full day spent in Launceston, much of it exploring the spectacular Cataract Gorge. We regretted we did not have longer. After that we took a bus from Launceston to Hobart. As well as exploring Hobart itself, we did a day trip to Freycinet and to Port Arthur to see the former prison. We also saw bits of the Tasman Peninsula. We loved everything about Tasmania the spectacular scenery, the wonderful autumnal colours (in April), the friendly, helpful people and the prolific wildlife. We saw wild kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and by wandering around a park in Hobart in the middle of the night and shining a torch up each and every tree ­- a possum. I know possums are supposed to be plentiful but that was the only way we managed to find one.

In Launceston we spent one night in a former barracks and the second in an old bakery. Both of these had been converted into hotels. The former barracks was pretty creepy.

Our barracks accommodation was right next to the Penny Royal World And Gun Powder Mill. Andrew Gatenby, an early pioneer, arrived in Van Dieman's land in 1823. He and his family built a mill. Over the years the mill fell into disrepair, but instead of demolishing it, they dismantled it and reassembled it in an old quarry in the centre of Launceston. The old mill is now a kind of 'theme park' where you can go for a ride on a barge on their canal, visit a mill, sail round a little lake on the 10­ gun sloop­-of­-war, Sandpiper. I even got to fire its canon. Now this sort of place would not normally interest me but, when I saw the stunning autumnal trees in there, there was no preventing me from going in.

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Penny Royal World And Gun Powder Mill.

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Penny Royal World And Gun Powder Mill.

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Penny Royal World And Gun Powder Mill.

One of the highlights of Launceston was the Cataract Gorge. This beautiful gorge is just outside Launceston. You can do boat trips along its river, but we just explored on foot. I would have loved to have had more time here as there were lots of trails and the scenery was superb. We saw wild kangaroos, a wallaby, peacocks. There is a restaurant at the gorge, a high narrow bridge and a chair lift.

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Kangaroo and Peacock at Cataract Gorge.

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The Cataract Gorge.

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The Cataract Gorge.

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The Cataract Gorge.

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The Cataract Gorge.

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The Cataract Gorge.

We booked a car and driver to go to Cradle Mountain from Launceston. The best way to see Tasmania really is to hire a car. If you don't drive, you need tours or to hire cars with drivers. There is public transport (we used it to get from Launceston to Hobart), but it is limited. We got to Cradle Mountain via Devonport and stopped to see its pretty beach. We passed the original Cole's Store and drove through an area with very colourful and original mail boxes. I would recommend our driver, he was really pleasant, but sadly I no longer have his details.

At Cradle Mountain we walked around the lake and looked at the temperate rain forest with some huge trees and thick green blankets of moss. Cradle Mountain takes its name from a jutting piece of rock shaped like a cradle. Unfortunately, the mountain top was playing peek­a­bo through the clouds. We saw the cradle fleetingly many times, but have no convincing photo to prove it. Nonetheless, the scenery was lovely and the walk very enjoyable.

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On the way to Cradle Mountain.

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Mailboxes Cradle Mountain.

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Cradle Mountain.

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Devonport.

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Cradle Mountain.

Wombat Hill is not the real name of the hill, but it is what our guide called it and it was covered in wombats. I had never seen a wombat before, not even in a zoo. They are kind of cute and bear like. They are very placid; they just eat and ignore you. The strange thing was when we were at the tourist information centre later on, we heard someone complain they were really disappointed, they had seen no wombats. I guess it is just a matter of luck we were surrounded by them.

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Wombat Hill.

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Wombat Hill.

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Wombat Hill.

We travelled by bus from Launceston to Hobart through some very pretty scenery. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania. It is a very pleasant town. We particularly liked the harbour which was filled with many boats. We booked a sail on an old sailing ship from here on one of our days. The harbour also had several little shops selling fish and chips. These were delicious. We tried them several times, in fact I would go as far as to say we practically lived on them.

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Hobart Harbour.

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Hobart Harbour.

Another lovely thing to do in Hobart is to visit Salamanca Market. This bustling, colourful market is held near the harbour every Saturday. If you are there at the right time, check it out. We bought some scented wood wind chimes and a pretty wooden candlestick here.

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Salamanca Market.

Battery Point is one of the oldest residential areas of Hobart. This is an area where some of the first settlers here lived. It is connected to Salamanca Harbour by Kelly’s Steps, which were constructed back in the 1830's out of massive sandstone blocks.

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Battery Point.

We also took a walk up to the Cascade brewery. It is located in a very attractive old building and has lovely grounds. We did not do the tour, but we did visit the shop, sample the products in the cafe and stroll around the beautifully landscaped gardens. Apparently this is Australia's oldest brewery.

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Cascade Brewery.

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Cascade Brewery.

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Gardens at Cascade Brewery.

We also walked to the Tasman Bridge which crosses the Derwent River, connecting Hobart's CBD to Hobart's eastern shore. The bridge is 1,395 metres long. It has a pedestrian foot way on each side. The bridge was officially opened in 1965. On Sunday 5 January 1975 the Tasman Bridge was suddenly hit by the bulk ore carrier, Lake Illawarra. This collision caused two pylons and three sections of concrete decking to fall from the bridge and sink the ship. Seven of the ship's crewmen died as a result of this, and five motorists were killed when four cars drove over the collapsed sections.

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Tasman Bridge.

While in Hobart we did a very enjoyable day trip to the Freycinet Peninsula. Freycinet National Park is a very scenic area with mountains, sheltered bays and sandy beaches. You can spend your time here fishing, boating, walking, swimming or just enjoying the scenery. Its most famous sight is known as Wineglass Bay. Freycinet is located about two and 1/2 hours drive from Hobart and Launceston. It is on the east coast of Tasmania.

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The Freycinet Peninsula.

We also did a day trip to the historic site of Port Arthur. The penal colony here started in around 1833 when Governor Arthur chose the Tasman Peninsula as an ideal place to incarcerate prisoners. The prisoners placed here were those who had committed the most serious crimes. The prison put into practice the theories of Jeremy Bentham. He believed in psychological rather than physical punishment. Prisoners were kept apart, not allowed to speak, never saw a fellow human being; even the church pews were partitioned so they could not see each other. There are many historic buildings at this site and many are in good condition. We visited them all including the penitentiary, the church, the minister's house.

The minister's house was so creepy. I was in there alone and there was a taped sermon going on; exhibits light up as you approach them. There was a very unsettling atmosphere and I quickly went back outside. Later when I was reunited with my husband, I asked him if he had gone in the minister's house. He said just briefly as he had hated the atmosphere there. I did not read the info about Port Arthur till after our visit on the bus back to Hobart and it mentioned that the minister's house, together with other buildings admittedly, was supposedly haunted. The other buildings had felt fine to me, but I would not ever willingly go back in the minister's house again.

As well as visiting the penal colony buildings, we also took a short boat trip to the Isle of the Dead where the convicts ended up buried. You must go round the island on a tour. The guide told us a scary story about a hardened convict who had lived alone on the island and dug the graves there. He lived there contentedly for a long time; then one night sent a distress flare to get help from the penal colony. He was hysterical and claimed the devil had come to him in the night. He refused to stay on the island a minute longer.

There was a much more recent terrible event here when in 1996, 28 year old Martin Bryant killed 35 people and wounded 28 more, most of them in the Port Arthur Historic Park. There is a small memorial here commemorating those killed in this massacre.

Our visit here was very interesting and considering the gruesome history of this place it is remarkably peaceful.

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Port Arthur, Isle of the Dead.

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Port Arthur.

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Port Arthur.

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Port Arthur.

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The Tasman Peninsula.

Posted by irenevt 19:46 Archived in Australia Tagged tasmania Comments (0)

A Trip to Queensland.

Brisbane. (2006).

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Statues in Speakers Corner, Brisbane.

Our fourth visit to Australia was to Brisbane where we spent just one full day before flying off to Tasmania for a few days. We later came back to Brisbane, for another full day, before flying back to Hong Kong. Our second full day in Brisbane was the 25th of April which unbeknownst to us is Anzac Day. We accidentally stumbled upon the remembrance ceremony in Anzac Square.

By a long way our favourite thing in Brisbane was the river, but we also really liked the Roma Street Parklands. We stayed in two different hotels in Brisbane. The first one was on a hill and had a freezing cold swimming pool with a spectacular view. As the water was so cold we managed to have the pool all to ourselves. The second hotel was located on Brisbane's St George's Square and looked down on the city hall.

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Swimming pool with a view.

The Brisbane River is a must when in Brisbane. We spent a full day travelling up and down this on one of the many pleasure boats. This was a lovely way to pass the time and we got off and visited several locations along the way. We had intended only to spend a couple of hours exploring the river by boat, but it was so pleasant we ended up travelling the full length of the boat trip, then visiting various stops on route. We visited among other things a small botanical gardens, the customs house, South Bank and the powerhouse theatre which is ­an entertainment venue located in a former power station.

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Story Bridge.

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Brisbane River.

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Brisbane River.

Another lovely way to pass time was to visit the Roma Street Gardens. These were near our first hotel. At one point this area was overgrown, derelict and disused railway lines; now it is a wonderful landscaped park filled with colourful flowers. It was good to see this former run-down area being turned into a lovely public park. Near this area there was a windmill that used to be turned manually by chained convicts during Brisbane's darker penal colony period.

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Roma Street Parklands.

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Roma Street Parklands.

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Roma Street Parklands.

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Roma Street Parklands.

Another interesting area was the area next to the south bank of the Brisbane River. This had a huge number of restaurants and bars. It also had a city beach, walkways and even somewhat unexpectedly a Nepali temple.

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Nepali Temple.

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City Beach.

Our second day in Brisbane was the 25th of April, Anzac Day when Australians and New Zealanders remember their citizens that sacrificed their lives in the war. We did not know it was Anzac Day and visited Anzac Square just by chance. It was filled with adults and lots and lots of school children attending the remembrance ceremony.

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Posted by irenevt 18:54 Archived in Australia Tagged brisbane Comments (0)

The End of the Line.

Adelaide (2005)

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The River Torrens.

We arrived in Adelaide after taking the Ghan overnight from Alice Springs. Although we enjoyed the train journey through the outback, we arrived very lacking in sleep. We checked into our hotel then went out sightseeing. The temperature was in the 40s. We walked around like zombies, until we gave up, went back to the hotel room and had a really good sleep. When we returned to the land of the living, we found that Adelaide was actually a really beautiful place with lots of old colonial style buildings, such as the parliament, Adelaide University, the Adelaide Museum. We also visited Central Market, which was an absolute delight ­- the best market in Australia. We got carried away and bought bread, cheeses, pate, pies, flans, and for some reason African beer! I think because we had just never seen it before. We bought so much we ended up living on it for most of the rest of our stay, but it was wonderful.

During the rest of our stay we went to the botanic gardens, the excellent migration museum, the cricket ground, Glenelg, Mount Lofty and the German settlement of Hahndorf.

My husband loves sport, especially football, but he is also an avid cricket fan, so we had to visit the Adelaide Oval. The ground was established in 1871. It is situated in the parklands between the city centre and North Adelaide. It is home to the South Australian Redbacks, the Adelaide Strikers and the South Australian Cricket Association. The Adelaide Oval has a seating capacity of 36,000. It is an attractive ground in a pleasant setting.

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The Adelaide Oval.

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The Adelaide Oval.

I seldom like museums, but the Migration Museum was a good one. It was basically about immigrants moving to Australia. One especially moving section displayed letters from Jewish people who applied to move here prior to and during World War II from various European countries. The display followed these people's lives telling of the successful future those who were admitted had; while those who were rejected normally disappeared, presumably into concentration camps. In some of the letters, you get the sense these people were pleading for their lives. It was very moving and distressing to read. One thing that amused me about the museum was that there was a board for comments about the museum near the exit. Most people had written things like: very moving, or my parents were immigrants who came from­­­­­...... but one person had completely missed the point and left a comment saying, "I think you should keep your shops open later. I am from Singapore and I cannot believe how early your shops close." Oh well, takes all sorts, I suppose.

The Torrens River is a pretty river with walkways. It goes through the centre of Adelaide and through Adelaide botanical gardens. I strongly recommend going for a stroll along it. We saw pelicans and black swans here.

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The River Torrens.

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The River Torrens.

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The River Torrens.

Adelaide city centre had some beautiful old colonial style buildings: churches, the train station ­- now a casino, museums, the town hall and the university. All were very attractive and worth a look.

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Colonial Architecture.

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Colonial Architecture.

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Colonial Architecture.

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Colonial Architecture.

Rundle Mall is an excellent street for shopping. It also has some interesting sculptures like its spheres and its pig statues. During our visit it was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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Rundle Mall.

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Rundle Mall.

We also took a couple of trips to areas outside Adelaide. We took a local bus out to the lovely German settlement of Hahndorf. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. It is a very pretty village and my husband loved the German food; ­well he is half Austrian. The village is full of German bakeries, art shops, souvenir shops. I am now the proud owner of a Hahndorf hat. We combined this trip with a visit to Mount Lofty which had great views.

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Hahndorf.

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Hahndorf.

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Hahndorf.

On another day we boarded the tram from Victoria Square and went off to spend an afternoon on the beach at Glenelg. Glenelg is located 10 kilometres from the centre of Adelaide. It is a pretty seaside resort set on the white sands of Holdfast Bay. Victoria Square, Adelaide to Moseley Square, Glenelg takes only 25 minutes by tram.

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Glenelg.

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The Glenelg Tram.

Posted by irenevt 18:20 Archived in Australia Tagged adelaide Comments (0)

A Town Like Alice.

Alice Springs. (2005).

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Typical scenery, Alice Springs.

We flew into Alice Springs from Perth. Alice Springs is in the centre of Australia surrounded on all sides by the Australian Outback with its weirdly shaped rocks and stunning red sands.

Alice Springs traces its origins to 1862 when John McDouall Stuart led an overland expedition to Central Australia and journeyed to the area where Alice Springs is now located. Following his journey, an overland telegraph line linking Adelaide to Darwin was completed in 1872. A telegraph station was built near a waterhole in the normally dry Todd River. The area was named Alice Springs after the wife of the former Postmaster General of South Australia, Sir Charles Todd. The Todd River took its name from Sir Charles.

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The Todd River.

Our time in Alice Springs was very short. We only had two full days. We spent one of these on an epic day trip to Ayers Rock. I seriously misjudged how far away it was. We left around 6am for the day trip and got back around 1am next day. This gave us only one full day in Alice Springs which was nowhere near enough. We stayed in a lovely hotel with a beautiful pool, but scarcely got to enjoy it as we were always out.

Within Alice Springs itself we went to the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. We also visited the flying doctor - who provides medical help to those in remote areas and walked along the dried up bed of the Todd River to the telegraph station.

The Olive Pink Botanical Gardens was one of the first places we visited in Alice Springs. It did not look all that different from the surrounding landscape. However, it was filled with wild kangaroos when we visited. Never having seen a wild kangaroo before we were very impressed. In zoos kangaroos just lie there. These ones were jumping around all over the place. At first I nearly walked into one as it was so well camouflaged against the rocks.

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The Olive Pink Botanical Gardens and kangaroo.

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The Olive Pink Botanical Gardens and kangaroos.

The Telegraph Station is the oldest building in Alice Springs. It is a bit out of town. We walked to it via the dried out Todd River bed. The telegraph station enabled telegraphic communication between Adelaide and Darwin. The station is now a museum with old photos and telegraphic equipment. I found it very interesting.

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The Telegraph Station.

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The Telegraph Station.

On our epic day trip to Ayers Rock we stopped at some salt lakes. This must be one of the driest places on Earth. Just walking around makes you feel thirsty as it is hot and the air is filled with salt. I think the salt lakes were formed from a former dried up sea.

Ayers Rock is yet another iconic site. It was certainly worth seeing, but on the day we went there, due to strong winds, it was not possible to climb it. No problem neither of us had intended to climb it and when we saw the vertical iron ladder used to climb it, we both knew we would never have got up there anyway ­ due to fear of heights. We also could not walk right round it as there were bush fires and it was dangerous to do so. We walked part of the way round and saw that while it looks smooth from a distance, it wasn't close up. This walk was interesting and we enjoyed it. Our trip should have included watching the sunset over the rock with a glass of champagne, but ...... in the middle of one of the driest deserts on Earth it suddenly started to rain. Now I would just have enjoyed the rain but our guide seemed freaked out by it - perhaps because he had to light a barbecue and ushered us all back onto the bus; took us to a car park with shelter near the Ayers Rock Hotel where we had a barbecue dinner. Oh well, we did not see the sunset, but we did see a passing dingo. This trip was way too long. Everyone, except the driver - thankfully - was fast asleep when we finally made it back to Alice

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Ayers Rock.

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Ayers Rock.

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Ayers Rock.

On our day trip to Ayers Rock we also visited a mountain range called the Olgas. We had a walk through the centre of these beautiful mountains. It was hot on the way. On the way back a breeze had started up. The breeze was like a furnace blast and blew sand into our faces. I felt like I was having all my skin removed, but the mountains were beautiful. Quite relieved to get back on the air­-conditioned bus though.

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The Olgas.

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The Olgas.

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The Olgas.

We left Alice Springs by taking the Ghan train to Adelaide. The Ghan train runs all the way from Darwin to Adelaide - a journey of 54 hours and around 1,851 miles. We were only doing around half of that. The Ghan used to be known as The Afghan Express - in recognition of the Afghan camel drivers who arrived in Australia in the late nineteenth century to help the British colonists find a passage into the country's interior.

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The Ghan Train.

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The Ghan Train.

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