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Homeward bound – part 2

Mar 26, 12 Homeward bound – part 2

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

After a very pleasant night at the Crowne Plaza hotel at Singapore’s Changi Airport we’re off on our last but one leg home to dear ol’ Blighty … just another 6,914 miles to get under our belt … … simples 😀 Our journey took us over : Malaysia; India; Pakistan; Afghanistan; Turkmenistan; Russia; Ukraine; Poland;...

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Homeward bound – part 1

Mar 25, 12 Homeward bound – part 1

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

Well we’re on our way home. This time we travelled on the mighty Airbus A380. A most impressive leviathan of the air. The A380 has a length of 72.7m which is only 1.1m longer than a 747 but can carry 96 more passengers! Its secret lies in the fact that it contains 2 decks. Whilst the interior on the main deck, which we were...

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Sydney

Mar 24, 12 Sydney

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

We spent a great day touring Sydney on the “Sydney Explorer” hop-on hop off tour bus with Ma en Pa who left Norfolk Island with us and are here in Sydney until a day after we leave. We got to see all the iconic Sydney sights : Darling Harbour; Sydney Bridge; the botanical gardens and of course the Sydney Opera house....

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Tot ziens Norfolk

Mar 23, 12 Tot ziens Norfolk

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

It’s time to say goodbye … Until the next time. We’ve had a great time especially with Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & Lukas. We miss them already 🙁 They gave us a terrific send off and as we zoomed down the runway we could see them on the other side of the field madly waving us off....

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Only on Norfolk Island …

Mar 23, 12 Only on Norfolk Island …

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

If you want to call someone in Norfolk Island but only know them by their nickname then … “no worries mate” … there’s a section in the phone book for that. So if you want to call ‘Binky’, ‘Griffo’, ‘Nippa’ or ‘Smudgie’ then you can find them at the back of the...

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Beautiful Norfolk

Mar 22, 12 Beautiful Norfolk

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

Some views of this lovely island all with the ubiquitous and unique Norfolk Pine…

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Norfolk Island … a potted history

Mar 21, 12 Norfolk Island … a potted history

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

Norfolk Island is situated some 1,500 kilometres from Sydney and 1,060 kilometres from Auckland. It is an island with an unusual & chequered history. Discovery and First Settlement Discovered by Captain Cook during his second voyage in 1774, Norfolk Island was initially used as a penal colony. The first penal colony was...

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Happy Birthday

Mar 18, 12 Happy Birthday

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

Happy birthday Sylvan … or nearly happy birthday as it’s really tomorrow but we gathered along with the rest of the Andrew family to celebrate a day early.

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Fun & Games

Mar 17, 12 Fun & Games

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Having a great time with our 2 nephews River & Lukas. They are such cute and lively little boys ! 😀...

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G’day Norfolk Island

Mar 16, 12

G’day Norfolk … or should I say “Wat awey yorlee” which is Norfolks for welcome to you all. The Norfolks dialect is actually a rather unlikely mixture of Cornish and Tahitian. This has come about as the majority of Norfolk Islanders are direct decedents of the Mutineers on the Bounty. After a ‘brief’...

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G’day Sydney

Mar 15, 12 G’day Sydney

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3,915 miles and 7 hours later we’re saying g’day Sydney. Off tomorrow to Norfolk Island 😀...

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Singapore -Origins

Mar 15, 12

Sir Stamford Thomas Raffles (1781-1826) first set foot on the island of Singapore on 29th January 1819 which was then just a small fishing village. Raffles, an agent of the British East India Company ventured to Singapore hoping to establish a free port and a halfway point for traders along the China-India trade routes. After...

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Singapore Nights

Mar 14, 12 Singapore Nights

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Singapore really comes alive at night. It seems to take on a whole new feel and the cityscape vibrates energy especially from the way that the buildings are lit up. One of the most spectacular of all the mega constructions in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands. It consists if three 55 storey towers each joined at the summit by a...

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Colonial Echos

Mar 14, 12 Colonial Echos

Posted by in Singapore-Sydney-Norfolk 2012, Travel

We rather smugly thought we’d beaten the jet lag and had gotten our bodies into its new routine smoothly. However 4:00am in the morning found us both wide awake so we resigned ourselves to a few more wakeful hours until we would get up for breakfast … 8 hours later though we woke up decidedly confused at 12:30 in the...

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