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I wasn't able to get my blog online for much of our last holiday because the internet on the Queen Mary 2 is practically unusable.  Even when we got to New York, I had better things to be doing than trying to catch up.  So only the first six days are online.  When I got home the focus was on processing photos, and now I'm busy labelling (have finished day 14, and a third of the photos done).  But I've also been choosing and uploading photos for the blog entries, and have finished those first six days.  So they're online at http://kazza.id.au/north_atlantic_2018/  

From now on the new entries will go up with pictures.  If you have a feed reader you can subscribe to http://kazza.id.au/north_atlantic_2018/atom.xml, or check every so often, or just wait until I'm done, hopefully in the next few months, when I'll let you know.

Queen Mary 2 in New York

Notre Dame

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I woke up to the news this morning that Notre Dame in Paris had burnt down.  But looking at pictures tonight it looks like the fire was largely contained to the roof, and the interior stone roof is still intact in large chunks.  It will need some pretty significant repairs as heat stress can damage even stonework, but it doesn't seem as bad as I first thought.

I visited Notre Dame in 2012.  I was by myself after touring Israel, Jordan and Egypt with the parents, and six days by myself in London.  I had two and a half days in Paris and generally hated the place.  Oh sure the city itself was beautiful and I saw *lots* and walked *lots* (one day setting an all time pedometer record of 38450 steps in one day), but I couldn't stand the tourists.  And the queues.  Queues and tourists and more queues and more tourists.  And mainly because they were generally rude tourists.  I never had any problems with the locals, and if the French have a reputation of being rude to tourists, I'm sure for the most part it's because the tourists completely deserved it.  I think if I went back to Paris I'd enjoy it more if I didn't do anything "touristy".  I did tick off a major bucket list item though (going to the top of the Eiffel Tower).  

I actually saw Notre Dame all three days I was there.  These photos are going to focus on the roof and interior.  Most of the exterior, it seems, will be fine (we can hope!!).

First up in the afternoon I arrived, I wandered past while getting a lay of the Paris land.

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Those copper statues had been removed prior to the renovation, so they were saved.
Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

The next day I went up the Eiffel Tower and a whole heap of other things (this was the 38450 step day).  I made it back to Notre Dame around 16:30 and went inside this time.

Notre Dame in 2012

Stained glass windows in Notre Dame

Rose Window in Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Rose Window in Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame

Rose Window in Notre Dame

Roof of Notre Dame

Notre Dame in 2012

My last day was also quite busy, but not as busy as the day before.  I stopped by Notre Dame in the morning because the sun was out (sort of) and it looked pretty.

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

Notre Dame in 2012

The trip from Sydney to Parramatta isn't something I ever had the need to do.  And if I was to have done it, I'd have taken the train because it's so much faster.  So I'd never taken the Rivercat to Parramatta.  But on this day, it was such a lovely day and Mum and I had nothing better to do anyway, so we did it!

Explorer of the Seas in Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Museum of Contemporary Art
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Explorer of the Seas at Circular Quay
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Dawes Point and Pier One
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Historic Sydney Observatory
Rivercat to Parramatta

Barangaroo
Rivercat to Parramatta

Barangaroo
Rivercat to Parramatta

Viking Orion (background) and Southern Swan tall ship
Rivercat to Parramatta

Glebe Island aka Anzac Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Marlene Matthews Rivercat
Rivercat to Parramatta

Historic Bell's Store, or Fenwick Stone Building, built in the 1880s.  Restored in 2012 (the stepped gable had to be reproduced from an old photo as it had been removed when it was used as Fenwick's tugboat company).
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney
Rivercat to Parramatta

Cockatoo Island
Rivercat to Parramatta

Cockatoo Island
Rivercat to Parramatta

Historic buildings on Spectacle Island
Rivercat to Parramatta

Pretty old home in Drummoyne
Rivercat to Parramatta

Gladesville Bridge from the east
Rivercat to Parramatta

Gladesville Bridge from the west
Rivercat to Parramatta

Abbotsford House, built in 1878
Rivercat to Parramatta

Huge house in Abbotsford Point, built 2013
Rivercat to Parramatta

Sydney Rowing Club, Abbotsford
Rivercat to Parramatta

Breakfast Point Country Club
Rivercat to Parramatta

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, now Rivendell School, part of Concorde Hospital
Rivercat to Parramatta

Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, now Rivendell School, part of Concorde Hospital
Rivercat to Parramatta

Ryde Bridge over the Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

John Whitton Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

John Whitton Bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Apartment buildings at Sydney Olympic Park (troubled Opal Tower at the left)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

Seagulls on a wharf on the Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

Mangroves on the Parramatta River
Rivercat to Parramatta

Water pipeline bridge
Rivercat to Parramatta

Bin chicken! (Australian White Ibis)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Railway bridge at Camellia
Rivercat to Parramatta

Apartment buildings in Parramatta (Pam and Graham live in the one with the yellow top)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Buildings in Parramatta
Rivercat to Parramatta

Parramatta ferry wharf
Rivercat to Parramatta

Parramatta weir (with lots of debris from the storm the previous night)
Rivercat to Parramatta

Dawn Fraser Rivercat at Parramatta
Rivercat to Parramatta

East Asia 2017

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So recently I decided I really wanted to get my photos for our cruise up on the blog by the end of the year.  And all the photos labelled.  Well the labelling took months but I got there in the end.  And it took forever to whittle down the photos to under fifty per day to have on the blog.  Again, got there in the end.  Once the photos were selected, htmlifying them and getting them online was relatively quick.  I could have waited til the two year anniversary of leaving, but instead, it was in fact twenty one months ago today that we left.  

So here's the photos:

East Asia 2017

Less than a month.  Twenty three days in fact.

That's how long it's taken me to get my New Zealand photos geotagged, selected for a slide show, selected for the blog, and blog updated with the photos.

That is an all time record for me.  Usually it takes a couple of years (and then some!).

Of course it helped that the holiday was only five days long!

Check out my New Zealand 2018 blog.

Been North

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We've been to Queensland since my last blog entry.  I'll get some posts up soon.  I was going to do it tonight, but spent the *entire* evening sorting out photos (from the trip and beforehand).  I couldn't geotag stuff though because Geosetter just freezes up whenever I try to do anything with it.  Super frustrating.

You'd think that direct flights from Canberra to Brisbane and back would more or less be along the same line.  You'd be wrong.

Queensland Flight Track

And I don't think I ever blogged this .. this was a holding pattern we got put in on our trip in 2012.

Holding pattern

Airgaps in the flights are because A380s walls are so thick it's hard for the GPS to pick up the signal.

Europe 2016

Europe 2016

Europe 2016

Europe 2016

The Sydney Trip

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On Friday night I left work a bit early and drove up to Sydney.  I drove past a fire at the airfield at Marulan, which turned out to be not from natural causes, but because of a plane crash!  (the dude walked away - must have been a good landing!).  We went and fed the Macaulay's cat, visited Aunty Di and Graham, then had an early night.

On Saturday we spent the morning looking at photos (we played Dad's funeral slide show which was a bit emotional) and food preparation.  We did a big roast pork and my epic potato bake as well as some other veggies and lots of nibblies.  We also whipped some cream and decorated a pavlova.  Graham and Pam and Ken and Jeanine came over and we had a lovely afternoon.

Mum and the table

Nibblies

Epic pork roast

Epic potato bake

Christmas cake

Pavlova

Family photo

In the evening we went and fed Macaulay's cat again, and watched The Princess Diaries (which Chris and I had been talking about only just the other day).

On Sunday I caught a train into the city to go see a couple of Lego exhibitions (which I'll save for separate posts).

At Central I was all set to walk around to Harris Street when I noticed the end of the Devonshire Street tunnel didn't *end* anymore - it kept on going - with a sign to the Powerhouse Museum.  So I walked down through it.  They've converted that whole little area between Central and the museum from the old goods lines into a park called The Goods Line.  Totally spun me out because that area of the city has always been a dead zone and it was a real pain trying to get around because you couldn't just walk across town because of all the railway lines in the way.

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Powerhouse Museum (bottom entrance).

Powerhouse Museum

After seeing Art of the Brick, I headed back to Central to catch the train to Circular Quay (it was super hot and I didn't want to get hot and sweaty walking all the way, and as it turned out, Sunday is currently $2.50 all day on the trains so it didn't cost anything).

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

Then there was the second Lego exhibition of the day - the Sydney Harbour Icons at the Museum of Sydney.

Museum of Sydney

Then up to Martin Place to train it back to mum's.  I walked straight onto a train which was pretty cool.

Picked up all my stuff, then a flying visit to Luc and Lizzi's to do a donut photo of Ryan, then drove home.

I was expecting when I got home to have a quiet night of getting myself organised, but instead I came home to a pool full of people, in varying states of intoxication.  Which was rather unexpected (and made me feel somewhat left out! heh).  So didn't get anything done at home that night.  Oh well.  

Sunday

Arrival at Chay and David's.  Thanks David for picking me up!  Did pretty much nothing all day.

The sweetie arrived late in the afternoon yayyyy!  Was good to see him.

Chay cooked a nice moussaka for dinner.

I can't actually remember if we did any Singstar that night, but I know we all had a very early night.

Monday

Was working on some photo stuff in the morning, when Chay remembered she had a jigsaw for me to do, so that kept me happily occupied whenever I had any down time.

We all went out to have sushi for lunch, then we went and saw The Equalizer.  I liked it, except that it was overly violent for my tastes.

Did a bit of shopping afterwards, and had bbq chicken and salad for dinner.

After dinner Storm and Jamie and Sam came over.  We played Cards Against Humanity which was fun, although I didn't manage to win a single round, which was somewhat demoralising.  Played a bit of Singstar as well.

Tuesday

Had a quite morning mostly doing the jigsaw.

Then we packed a picnic lunch and headed out to White Rock for a decent walk.  It was good, but I found the heat getting to me quite a bit.  Had lunch on top of the rock.

Had pizza for dinner.

Sam came over again, and we played some Buzz and Singstar.

Wednesday

Another quiet morning doing jigsaw.

Went out to sushi again for lunch.  Also went and got a coffee from Kailyn.

David cooked roast pork for dinner yumm.

Played some Trivial Pursuit, then Buzz and Singstar.

Thursday

Sadly said goodbye to Chay and David (thanks guys, it was a lovely few days, as always).

Then hit the road and drove and drove.

Stopped to get coffee near the Gold Coast, then had some lunch at the Scottish Restaurant in Ballina. 

Ducked into Grafton to see if the jacarandas were out yet (they weren't - too early for them).

There was quite a bit of road works going on to duplicate the Pacific Highway (*finally* - at least thirty years overdue), so we were a little late getting to South West Rocks. 

Ruth cooked a very nice roast chicken for dinner.

Then we collapsed into bed.

Friday

Another long day of driving.  

Got some petrol and some coffee outside of Port Macquarie.

Lunch was KFC at Heatherbrae.

Slow slow slow along Pennant Hills Road (are they *ever* going to join the M1 to the M2??).

The straight through to Canberra.  

Between petrol stops at the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie and Canberra was 1158 kilometres.  We put 75.06 litres of petrol in.  So 6.48 litres per 100 kilometres.

So the final dinner went a bit late last night so didn't get to bed til 10:30pm *shock*

Then I woke up at 5:30am needing to go to the loo. So pretty tired today.

Breakfast today was decent enough, but I was kinda of over it.

After breakfast we headed off and drove around Toowoomba for a while, but most of the good stuff was on the other side of the coach. Went up to Picnic Point to see the lookout and some of the flowers there.

Then down into Marburg where I said goodbye to everyone and got picked up by David. We did a bit of shopping then headed "home".

I've done a whole lot of *nothing* this afternoon which was been wonderful after such a go-go-go trip.

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