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8th month – February Video Blog on You Tube

Below is the link to my video blog on you-tube from February:


Week 32 – Two Beautiful Harbour Cities – Sydney & Auckland

‘Reach for the sky.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

We are halfway through and safely ‘down under’ in Australia and New Zealand this week.

We started this week with our last few days in Sydney and, after a 12 hour sleep, no real jet lag! Awesome!

We went to Manly Beach,

Manly Bay

Manly Bay

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach

and a walk around the North Heads,

North Heads Park

North Heads Park

affording us excellent views of the Sydney Harbour on the ferry ride to Manly.

Downtown Sydney

Downtown Sydney

Then, we had a short flight over to John’s home town of Auckland, New Zealand where we are staying at John’s brother.

On this trip, I asked to see more of this beautiful city and, so far, I’ve not been disappointed with this stellar and green city.

Auckland Downtown

Auckland Downtown

Our first day, we went to the viaduct area


Viaduct Auckland

in the downtown which houses many restaurants and is the launching point for most of the ferry’s to the out lying islands.  We were, also, lucky to be here on Waitangi Day – the New Zealand national holiday.

Waitangi Day Celebrations

Waitangi Day Celebrations

So, we saw some traditional music and ate Maori food – excellent!

Then, we headed over to the North Head Park and explored the tunnels

North Head Tunnels Park

North Head Tunnels Park – Auckland

and excellent views of the downtown area.


Yvonne and Neil at North Heads Park in Auckland

That evening, we went to see ‘Empire’ at the Spiegeltent – good fun!


Empire at the Spiegel Tent – Viaduct Auckland

Next day, I really got a feel for the city on the newly developed  16km Coast to Coast walk – beautiful!

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast – 16 km from harbour to harbour in Auckland

Our final day this week found us fishing, where I caught the biggest of 21 fish – great day out!

I’m a keen one for doing exercise, do you do any sport/exercise and what tricks do you have for keeping it up on holiday?


The big catch and my big fish!