Taronga Zoo memories

When my daughter does the bird show at Taronga Zoo (and I’m sure it’s also true for the other presenters), she becomes a celebrity to the school children watching. She always spends time answering their questions. It’s nice to think watching birds fly around can impress little people; I’d like to believe they will remember […]

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

As I look out on more than two feet of snow, I remember a sunny day spent in Sydney’s lovely public gardens.

Australia redux: a couple of Taronga Zoo residents

Australia redux: the best part of my trip

Seeing my daughter and knowing how happy she is with her new life, and especially with her new husband, that was the best part of my trip to Australia.

Australia redux: thinking of roses

As the wind howls outside, I think back to the warm days I spent just weeks ago. Here is a reminder of my stroll through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Australia 2012: Last day at sea

Another lovely day with calm waters greeted me for the last full day at sea on this cruise. There are still a few more Mac sessions and a cocktail party at which Lawrence Krauss will discuss the Higgs Boson, but otherwise it’s just a day for getting the last few lazy minutes on a deck […]

Australia 2012: South sea islands

Our last three stops before returning to Sydney were Lifou, Ile des pins and Noumea. My favorite was Ile des pins, but Lifou was very picturesque. Thee was a greeting dance by native residents and a market full of souvenirs. i was glad to find some purportedly free trade goods, cloth bags made by local […]

Australia 2012: Thursday at sea

We’ve been at sea for four days now, since the cancellation of our visit to Mackay, but there is no shortage of things to do. The highlight was the total solar eclipse yesterday morning. I got up way too early, but had lots of time to enjoy the sunrise and pick a spot to watch […]

Australia 2012: Still at sea

Our stop on Mackay was cancelled early this morning as the port was closed because of heavy swells and expected bad weather. We went back toward the Whitsunday Islands instead and spent a lovely day at sea under sunny skies.

Australia 2012: Hamilton Island

Today we are in the Whitsunday Islands, a gorgeous tropical spot with aquamarine water surrounding several small islands. Highlight of my day was a two-hour sail around in a huge catamaran. Even a slight drizzle as we motored out of the Hamilton Island harbour was warm, and it cleared up nicely for the rest of […]