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Australia 2012: Day 3 – Time to smell the roses

Today was another day of perfect weather. I set out for the Royal Botanic Gardens, just across the street, and spent all morning walking through them. The rose gardens were especially wonderful. Of the other specimens, the trees were the most impressive, for their staggering size. What used to be the governor’s stables in the […]

Australia 2012: Day 2 – at the mall

What do a young bride and her mom do three days before the wedding? Go to the mall, of course! After a generous continental breakfast at the club where I’m staying, I walked just a few steps to the ferry dock and bought a ticket to Manly. I ambled along the quayside until the ferry […]

Australia 2012: Traveller’s Log Day One

Day 1 of my trip Australia was marvellous. When I stepped off the ferry at Taronga Zoo and saw my daughter dashing down to meet me, the ordeal of the 24 hours of airports and planes became insignificant. And to be honest, it took a long time to get here, as it always does, but […]