Dateline: March 2, 2015 – Sydney and then Home in Flagler Beach

With only a few days left on our vacation in New Zealand and Australia, we found an old hotel in Sydney called the Russell Hotel located at the Rocks.

The Rocks:
“Sydney's early convict days live on in the Rocks, a jumble of cobblestone streets and cul-de-sacs just five minutes from Circular Qua...

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Dateline: February 27, 2015: Melbourne to Sydney


We enjoyed our final breakfast at Robinson’s with Stanley saying his good-byes, we packed the car and Paul gave us directions to the M-1. His suggestion was that we go to Metung for the first night. We arrived at a delightful small fishing village, where Paul had spent summers with the fam...

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Dateline: February 22, 2015 – Melbourne – Just a Great City

After that wonderful afternoon with our kangaroo friends at Anglesea Golf Club, we arrived at the Robinsons In The City and were greated by the General Manager Paul Humphries who got us settled into this wonderful boutique hotel.  A little history:

Melbourne was originally a villa...

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Dateline February 26, 2015: The Great Ocean Drive

As we left Port Fairy we knew we were close to starting one of the most beautiful drives in the world, John and Janice had done the drive in 2011, this was Pete and Bunny's first time. There is more to the drive than the fabulous beaches, cute towns and spectacular views of the rocks and cliffs, the...

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Dateline February 18, 2015: Robe and Port Fairy Australia

We drove almost six hours to get to our next destination Robe. It is a quiet fishing village with much history. Robe is one of the oldest towns in South Australia.
Robe is situated on Guichen Bay, about 350km south east of Adelaide. Nicolas Baudin, a French explorer first viewed the bay in 1802...

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Dateline: February 15, 2015 – Kangaroo Island – Meet The Koala

We left the Lambert Estate Retreat headed to Jim and Pam's to purchase some wine for the drive to Sydney. We purchase two bottles each of the unreleased sparkling chardonnay/pinot noir, Thoroughbred Cabernet and Commitment Shiraz. Pam said we needed to take a bottle of the sparkling Shiraz as a ...

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Dateline February 13, 2105: Lambert Estate – The Barossa Valley

We landed in Adelaide from Auckland after flying through Melbourne, at about 11 a.m . We picked up our rental car and headed to the Barossa Valley to visit Jim and Pam Lambert at Lambert Estates.

Jim and Pam have a lovely guest home called Lambert Estates Retreat, at the vineyard in Angaston....

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Dateline January 24, 2015 – Auckland – Welcome to New Zealand


We arranged our travels here with Playing Around New Zealand, Ltd., through Will Owen.  Will met us at the airport and took us into Auckland to settle us at the Stamford Hotel, beautiful facility.    After checking in we walked the dock front to find a place for dinner.  After dinner, ...

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Dateline – January 21, 2015 – New Zealand and Australia – The Adventure Begins at Doyles

We arrived in Sydney after 24 hours of flight time around 8:30 Tuesday morning.  We traveled to the hotel and met up with our travel friends peter and Bunny Warenski.  We wrote of them in the past as part of our Alaska trip and companions for a month of playing golf on the Robert Trent Jones Alabama...

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