Tag: Australia

Sydney Harbor cocktails

What better to start our trip down under than to head for the Opera house for some Sydney harbor cocktails? We took a much needed walk after all those hours on the plane, as the night was warm and beautiful. My sisters shrieked at a couple of low-cruising flying foxes, a species of mega-bat native to Australia. But we made it over…

24h flying down under

17872 kilometers, travelled in 24 hours exactly. It is amazing, especially compared to the 109 days the first fleet took from London, till it sailed into Botany Bay in 1788. Or even the 28 days a modern passenger ship needed, via the Suez Canal, in the 1960s. Our itinerary was more direct. First, a modern Boeing 787 – the Dreamliner…

Australian road trip

Here we go: the next big adventure with my sister: we’re finally taking our three-week Australian road trip. Here’s the planning: 4-5 February: the flights We start our journey in the morning at 9.00, taking Qatar airways QR196 from Brussels to Doha. It will be my first flight on a Boeing 787, the Dreamliner. After a 3h45 layover in what I…

Melbourne Bike Ride

My friend Artur loves his bike rides around Melbourne. He’s also a great tour guide, having done city tours for tourists. The combination is therefore irresistible. And as I got my old bike from Colin again for the three weeks in Melbourne, we decided to use Good Friday for an early bike tour around Melbourne. It started at 9 a.m.…

Sydney in the rain (again)

Sydney and me… it’s not a love story. To say that up front. The city is fun. Beautiful. The harbor, the green, the cafés, the museums… It’s just…. it’s always raining when I’m there. Fourth time here and it rained for 48 hours. Tropical rain. When I was here for 12 days during my round-the-world trip in 2014, it rained…

Greetings from Brisbane

Around the two Madonna shows, I had a little time to explore Brisbane. First time here, so I had asked my friend Glenn what area he would recommend: Fortitude Valley. Said, booked. I got a room in the fabulous Tryp Hotel on Constance street, in walking distance to a train station and an enormous number of bars and restaurants. Fortitude Valley –…

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

It’s my third time in Australia, all in all I have spend just over three months here… but I haven’t seen much of its animal life. Not a single Kangaroo. Ever. Except road kill. And I refused to see them in a zoo. Well, but at one point you have to give in. So when my #madonnafamily friends Darren and…