We spent 19 days exploring some of Australia and New Zealand, 13 days aboard the
Celebrity Solstice Cruise ship, traveling with our friends, Cara, Andy, Nancee and Marc.
Except for the very long flights (a grueling 14 1/2 hours in coach) from and back to LA,
the trip was fantastic!
We spent 3 days exploring Sydney prior to boarding the cruise ship, touring the city sights, which of course, included the iconic Sydney Opera House
and a harbor cruise around the Sydney Harbor.
Nick, Nancee and Marc "climbed" the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge! (It's way too high above the harbor waters for me!)
Sydney is a beautiful city, an easy city to walk around,
with lots of pubs, cafes, water fountains, and shopping malls all over downtown.
Due to the Bush Fires near and in the Blue Mountains, however, we weren't able to see any of the Outback of Australia. We also toured the beautiful capital city of Melbourne, pronounced "Melbun," and visited the Melbourne Zoo.
We sailed through the Milford and Doubtful Sounds of New Zealand, with breathtaking views of the fjords and many waterfalls, despite the heavy fog and some rain.
We visited 5 ports of call in New Zealand where we took excursions to see much more of the country.
The scenery was spectacular, especially in New Zealand, where
all the hills and valleys were covered with greenery and sheep. We enjoyed this beautiful country so much and would love to return someday.
Both the Aussies and Kiwis are such welcoming, friendly people, always willing to
chat with us or give directions on occasion to sometimes lost American tourists!