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Adelaide

meeting 2nd cousin Vivienne and Charlie

semi-overcast 27 °C
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Adelaide 2012-02-02--2012-02-05

Living on Hindley street we had to walk 10 minutes to Rundle mall where all the shops and the city centre is.
We booked a 1/2 wine tour to Barossa valley then headed to Glenelg beach, well.... at least we took the tram to the only
station with Glenelg in it, Glenelg east. hhahahah we had to wait 15 minutes for the next tram to take us all the way to
the beach at Moosley square.
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waiting for next tram at Glenelg east

Well it was worth the ride, Glenelg beach was nice
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It was very vindy, but we went for a swim, and with sand in our eyes, ears and everywhere we tried a mexican restaurant
and Sangria. Sitting at the restaurant we saw the sky went all yellow, so beautyful,so we went back to the beach to take
some photos.
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Sunset at Glenelg beach

Today its Friday and tonight we are gonna meet Vivi and her son Charlie :-) We took a walk along Torrens river on our way
to take the Barossa Wine tour with Enjoy Adelaide. The river was polluted so there where no activity like pedal boats or
anything.
Torrence river

Torrence river

The wine tour was nice and we tried a lot of different wines, both wite and red from 3 different wineries.
Barossa valley wine tour

Barossa valley wine tour

In the evening we where picked up by Vivi and Charlie and went for dinner, they took us to an australian restaurant
called Outback Jacks. Maria tried the crocodile and it tasted quite good, like a blend of calamari and chicken.
It was so fun meeting Vivi after 38 years.
Charlie is a great kid, not shy at all, so Henrik and he became friends in the car to the restaurant.
After dinner we had some ice cream before we went to the hotel.
Ice cream time

Ice cream time

The day after Vivi and Charlie picked us up for a day at the beach. This time we went to Henley beach.
Charlie went for the water and Henke joined. The surf board is a favourite toy of Charlie.
Charlie and his dude Henrik

Charlie and his dude Henrik

Vivi has made a delicious fruit lunch, strawberries, plums and water melon, yummie!
We tried a new ice cream company named Copenhagen this time which was really nice. We have to remember to look for that
in Sweden. Especially the one with mint and chocolate chips :-)

Suddenly there was two helicopters hovering just 100m away from us accompanied by an armada of boats.
Viv saw some fins in the water just some 50-75 meters from were we took a swim. Henke got a photo and it really was a
shark fin!! All the boats were there to hurd the sharks out to deep water again.
That was the most exciting thing on the trip, now it does not matter that we didnt see any big crock in Cairns.
Shark

Shark

Maria and some friends looking for goodies at Rundle Mall in Adelaide.
pigs

pigs

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Cairns

semi-overcast 31 °C
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The Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and beautiful beaches but also stingers, crocs and sharks.
And it only rained in the evening so we have had a great time here.

Cairns

Cairns


Daytour in the rainforest with Billy Tea Bush Safaris

Daytour in the rainforest with Billy Tea Bush Safaris


Civilized way of exploring the rainforest

Civilized way of exploring the rainforest


Southern Cassowary in Daintree

Southern Cassowary in Daintree


Freshwater creek in Daintree rainforest

Freshwater creek in Daintree rainforest


Mangrove trees at Cape Tribulation

Mangrove trees at Cape Tribulation


View from Alexandra Lookout

View from Alexandra Lookout


Smart Kangaroo

Smart Kangaroo


The Crocodile Hunter

The Crocodile Hunter


A ferocious 6 meter monster

A ferocious 6 meter monster


Croc in Daintree River

Croc in Daintree River


Ocean Freedom

Ocean Freedom


Chilling in the hotel pool

Chilling in the hotel pool

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Australian day

semi-overcast 26 °C
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The forecast said that Australian day was gonna vanish in rain, but it was just early in the morning
We went out for a run down in Botanical gardens, a really nice start of the day.

We strolled to Chinese gardens on our walk to see how the Australian day was celebrated.
The garden was beautyful and it felt magic, like from a fairy tale.
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Three dragons :-)

During the time in the garden it became really sunny and warm. so after a while we went home to get ready for the evening instead.
Passing by the water fontains that are used as playground we were jealous of all kids running in the water.

We took a swim in the pool on the roof and then went out to see the australians celebrate their day.

We and a lot of australians went to Darling Harbour, it was really crowdy. It was a very well arranged event that event with a spectaculare fire work.
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Blue Mountains

rain 23 °C
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Day tour to beautiful Blue Mountains.
We started off in Featherdale wildlife park.
Maria got the chance to cuddle with some indigenous sweathearts.
Coala cuddling with Maria

Coala cuddling with Maria


Wallabies

Wallabies


Emu

Emu

Below a picture from Echo Point with the marvelous Three Sisters rock in the background.
Echo Point

Echo Point

After a while the weather improved a lot. It was even possible to spot something looking like a rock in the background.
Three Sisters

Three Sisters

At least we saw some birds....
Cockatoos

Cockatoos

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Sydney - long walk

rain 20 °C
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Again a cloudy and a little bit rainy morning.
Not a day for the beach.
We decided to walk the whole day to go sightseeing.

The Botanical garden is huge and you can see a lot of nice trees, flowers and herbs.
Sad to say that the flying red foxes are ruining the park.
At night they eat of the leaves in the trees so you now see a lot of trees dying.
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The park is full of runners, many australian runs in lunch time we got to be aware of.
A good idea we thought, we will do that but not in the crowdy lunch time.

We went outside the Opera hourse but decided not to entry. We walked to Sydney aquarium instead, we had seen stunning pictures from that, walking in glass tunnels in the ocean. But,of course nothing is the same in the reality.
But it was exciting to see the big creatures.
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Off course we had to take a ride with the mono railway that rides on a trail above ground. We went for a tour among all stations, done in 15 minutes ;-) That was not as fun as i thought, but now we know that.

Suddenly came heavy rains when we walked through The Rocks, we ended up in a nice little italian restaurant, and talking again about service. We where welcomed, got very good service, that was appreciated. :-)

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