• Walk on the Wild Side!

    Sydney,Australia…it is amazing being able to open the shades of my hotel room windows and look out at the iconic symbol of this city!

    The weather is definitely unpredictable…sunny to cloudy to showers to clear and back to pouring rain all throughout the course of one day!

    I ate lunch at the chic version of a food court at the Opera House and then it was ferry time to view some Australian wildlife!

    It’s only a short ferry ride across the harbour to reach the Taronga Zoo. It was a rocky ride past the Harbour Bridge as the wind whipped intensely and the water was full of whitecaps!

    I was anxious to visit the Koalas…besides the general entrance fee, the zoo offers a one on one experience with these famous outback animals for an additional charge! These cute creatures sleep ALOT and they don’t like to be awoken…I have had an almost disastrous run in with a Koala years ago at this same zoo when I accidentally got too close and woke him up! I was determined to have a better encounter today…

    It was great! Besides the many sleeping Koalas curled up in the trees, one adorable girl had just finished eating and posed for me happily!

    The zoo has a nice walkabout design so you feel close to the non dangerous animals…I was next to kangaroos, wallaby, and red kangaroo! I topped it off with a great guerilla as well as amazing sea lions swimming, obviously these two animals are viewed through glass!

    The Taronga Zoo is an unforgettable experience and the view of the entirety of Sydney just adds to it’s immense appeal!









  • Some Local Flavor!

    Sydney, Australia…nice to be back on land! I am staying at the chic Park Hyatt Sydney in the most amazing room overlooking the Opera House! It was steps from the ship, so even though I am not a passenger anymore, the ship sat docked right outside my window for the day!

    The hotel is perfectly located in The Rocks with easy access to the entire waterfront right at my doorstep! I was anxious to explore, get my land legs back, and see this great city… unfortunately though, it is Sunday and much is closed!

    I made a bee-line for the Opera House and along the way encountered aboriginal performers playing the didgeridoo! This long wooden hand carved trumpet was created by the indigenous tribes of Australia…besides playing this strange sounding pipe, their art was on display and they were proudly decorated with traditional tribal body painting.

    Aborigines are the people that originally inhabited Australia and are key to this continent’s history and traditions!




  • G’day Mate!

    Sydney, Australia…what a magnificent arrival into this gorgeous city!

    At 5:15 am, I woke up extra early to witness our sunrise sail in to Sydney harbour…it was a thrill to make it 8,527 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean and see that famed Opera House now within reach in the near distance! The skyline appeared closer and closer and I rushed to the bow of the ship to soak in the miraculous view that unfolded before me…

    As the pilot boat guided us through the waterfront, a welcome committee greeted our arrival: a large school of Dolphins leaped in and out of the water towards the ship and we all erupted with excitement! It must of been 25 or more of these beautiful creatures putting on the best welcome we could have to Australia!

    The fiery sun started to rise higher and higher over the city and the colors continued to change as if it were being painted with the boldness of an artist’s brush!

    As the ship steered its way in front of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, we docked into our spot in the middle of some of the most famous sights in the world at Circular Quay! What a view and what a city!

    This part of the journey is over as we disembark into the city of Sydney to start a whole new adventure!