Monday 29th June
Linda and Doug drove us around parts of Vancouver I have not seen…there is a great deal I have still not seen.
First of interest to me is Stanley Park, an icon of Vancouver and very popular with locals and tourists alike in the summer months.
It is also popular with the parking police as all parking spaces are subject to fees. The park is on a peninsular of land and has a roadway running around its perimeter and several roads criss- cross the park. There are several beaches
which have wonderful views across the harbour to other icons such as the Lions Gate Bridge,
Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, Vancouver Convention Centre,
Maritime Museum to name a few. During our drive around the park we saw the Disney Cruise Ship at the terminal. http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ Disney has four cruise liners and we saw Disney Wonder in berth today. The cruise line has an interesting history, shown here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_Cruise_Line
After visiting Stanley park we drove to the Maritime Museum at Hadden Park
and just aimlessly drove around to see the sights.
On another visit I hope to have the time to spend at these locations.
After dinner Doug & Linda drove us to the International airport for our flight scheduled to depart at 11.20 pm. Thank you Doug and Linda for your hospitality and driving us around and showing us the sights. We enjoyed our stay with you.
We had a couple of hours to kill. Not difficult to do here looking at the Duty Free (we bought two one litre bottles of Vodka) and the giant aquarium.
Worth a look here…
The flight was delayed approximately one hour as Air Canada had agreed to accept passengers on a United Airlines flight and had to wait for the flight to arrive.
Wednesday 1st July.
Due to the International Date Line and a 14 hour flight we arrived after skipping a Tuesday. Luckily we had a seat between us (we planned our seating that way) Donnis was able to lay across the seats with her feet on my lap and slept most of the flight. Typically I could not sleep. Just too hyped up.
Arriving in Sydney the Air Canada flight was put into a holding pattern for near 45 minutes due to congestion at the airport. After leaving late and the holding pattern we arrived close to two hours late. Customs, surprisingly was a breeze. That was a blessing as we had a flight to the Gold Coast at 11am and had just 90 minutes to make our way from the International to the Domestic terminal, get our baggage checked and boarding passes issued and pass through security. With only minutes to boarding we were delayed at security b y a long line and Donnis bag was double checked as she was carrying a crystal bowl!!! We ran to the boarding gate and straight onto the plane. Just made it!
Once at the Goldie we lucked in again when the shuttle bus allowed Donnis aboard without a ticket.
Once home we opened windows and doors, had sardines on toast and a glass of wine and were in bed by 3pm.
Thursday 2nd July. We slept 13 hours straight and went to the Spit at 4 am to watch the sunrise and the surfers running to catch an early morning wave.
At breakfast, bacon n eggs I broke a tooth. Maybe an old filling as the type of break and location recalls memories of a previous break where my tongue kept rubbing on the sharp edge. Called the Griffith University School of Dentistry and have an appointment for 4.30 tomorrow.
Friday 3rd July.
At the appointed time I arrived at the clinic. The final year student was quick and efficient. Their preparation was something I have not had before. The assistant prepared a rubber gasket which fit over my other teeth and formed a tight membrane. No spray or rinse water entered my mouth and no filling residue entered my mouth. During the drilling and filling preparation the tooth was isolated from the neighbours with clear plastic. I was back home making a massaman curry just after 6pm.
Sunday 5th July
The last couple of days have been a blur of washing and sleeping. Today we drove to Brisbane to see Donnis son Peter and grandson Chris.
That’s been our week. Compared to the last few months it has been pretty tame.
New adventures are being planned.
It’s great to be home.
Tags: Air Canada, Canada Place Cruise Terminal, Disney Cruise Lines, Disney Wonder, Duty Free, Gold Coast, Griffith University Schoolof Dentistry, Hadden Park, International Date Line, Inuksuk, Lions Gate Bridge, massaman curry, Qantas, Stanley Park, United Airlines, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver International Airport Aquarium, Vancouver Maritime Museum