GREETINGS FROM DOWN UNDER
Let's begin with additional thoughts from yesterday.
It is still summer in Australia. We are used to the heat but when the sun comes out it can get very hot. The high was only about 82 Fahrenheit but it felt warmer with the humidity. Keith who loves the hot weather even felt it shortly after he and Gui arrived to the zoo on foot and even started to feel a little light headed. The good news is that some vendors at the zoo sold Power Aid which is a drink that Keith drinks while working out so he ended up having two bottles of it by the time he and Gui returned back home. Our original plan for today was Luna Park which is an amusement park. However with a forecast of 90+ degrees we decided to change the plans. More on that in a moment.
Last evening after getting back from the Zoo, Jennifer and Gui made all of us a delicious dinner of fresh salmon, potatoes, broccoli, salad and some wonderful wine. Before they began to prepare dinner Keith accompanied Jennifer to a bakery where Jennifer selected a cake for dessert.
Emma and Andre did so well eating their dinner that they enjoyed some extra dessert. They each started with small frozen ice cream cones which they enjoyed. They also each had a small piece of cake that we got from the bakery last night along with a small piece of cake from Jennifer's birthday the night before we arrived.
Emma with her ice cream cone and an apron given to her from Uncle Eric and Aunt Kara.
We returned back to the hotel with a ride from Uber. Prior to this trip we had used Uber only once getting from a Miami, Florida downtown hotel to the Port of Miami. Yesterday we used Uber to get to and from the hotel and it worked out very well. We waited about five minutes each time for the vehicle to arrive.
We slept very well. The hotel is very quiet as is the room. All of the walking also helped. We enjoyed breakfast back at the club lounge.
A view of a Carnival Cruise Ship in port and some of the breakfast pastries. We just had cereal and fruit but the sweets did look good.
We met our family at Circular Quay and we took the ferry to Watsons Bay. The ferry made one stop and we arrived in thirty minutes. We first stopped at a playground. After the grandchildren played we walked over to the ocean side and walked up several sets of steps to the cliffs. At one Jennifer and Keith went walked up to the highest peak. From there we walked towards the lighthouse and stopped to have a picnic lunch. After lunch we walked along another area where we passed several very large homes.
We took the Ferry back to Circular Quay and visited the Botanical Gardens. At one point we went to the Calyx which includes a living wall which we estimate had 16,000 flower potted plants. The area was amazing. We continued walking the area and then we dined at Four Frogs Creperie where each of us enjoyed an entree Crepe and the grandchildren along with Anne Marie and Jennifer enjoyed a Crepe dessert.
The weather turned out to be terrific. In the afternoon we enjoyed a nice breeze which cooled down the area. Kudos to Andre and Emma who did a tremendous amount of walking on their own.
The photos that follow are in reverse order of our day.
Anne Marie & Keith