Got home at Midnight last night. Always a long trip home but Australia and New Zealand are worth the jet lag.
I was at immigration at 8:30 in Brisbane Australia.
Got off the ship an hour later and got a lift to the airport by a super friendly (most Aussies are) bus driver to the airport.
Flew to Auckland and spent an hour in the Emperor’s Lounge before catching the flight to LA.
Air New Zealand has “Sky Couches” which you have to pay extra for, but man is it worth it.
It’s a row of 3 seats and there is a leg rest sort of thing that pulls up even with the seats and closes the gap between the two rows. Then you get a special seat belt which keeps you buckled in while laying down, you get a mattress pad, comfy pillows, and a blanket and nighty night! Only woke up when people tripped over my long legs sticking out into the aisle.
8 hour layover in LA was a pain, but about Midnight I arrived home with an almost full moon shining over Semiahmoo Bay at our home in White Rock Beach, BC.
Visited Port Douglas in Queensland for the first time. What a wonderful little town. Watched the opening day of NFL season at Hemingway’s Brewery. A little weird watching Thursday Night football on Friday morning, but what a great game.
A few days earlier we stopped in Airlee Beach Queensland. I hadn’t been there in years and had wonderful memories of an incredible sailboat trip around the Whitsunday Islands with my dear friends Simon Joy and Gary Granfield.
Sydney was a day for the ages. Woke up in time to catch the sun rise behind the Opera House. SPECTACULAR!!!
Then I met Martin Joy, Simon’s brother who’s become like a brother to me and Gary Granfield.
They took me to two of the best pubs in Sydney
The Argyle Pub and the Palisades.
Palisades had the most incredible view and we had mussels, oysters, great Aussie beer and they even had me favorite rum Diplomatico from Venezuela. Very rare in Australia.
Australia, Sydney, The Rocks Area, Palisade Hotel And Pub
Before arriving in Australia I was in Auckland and Bay of Islands New Zealand.