Part 1- Los Angeles & Sydney
We’re back! Wes and I returned on September 18th from our trip to Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, the remaining 3 Yahoo trips for this year. To read about how we are able to travel the world, please refer to this blog post.
Our journey began by leaving Houston for LAX at noon on September 2nd. We had an eight-hour layover in LA before our 10:30pm departure for Sydney, so we rented a car from the Budget right by the airport (you can take the budget shuttle from the terminals) and spent a few hours at Venice Beach. We went to Marina Del Ray first, but it just looked like a marina with nothing to do so we continued on to Venice beach.
Venice Beach had a great vibe, big waves, and, surprisingly, it was COLD. Fifty-something degrees, in fact! We still were able to enjoy ourselves, we ate some great food and passed the time people-watching.
Our 14 hour flight to Sydney was tolerable enough, mainly because we both were able to sleep for about 8 hours of it. We landed at 6:30 am local time, took a short nap at the hotel, and then went off to explore Sydney in one day. It was very fortunate for us that there wasn’t a flight to Noumea until the next morning, which gave us one full day in this exciting city.
A short train ride from our hotel to Circular Quay put us right where we needed to be in order to walk to see The Rocks, climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, walk up to the Opera House, and catch a ferry to Manly Beach.
It was a gorgeous, warm, clear sky day in Sydney and the sights were breathtaking.
We toured the marketplace at The Rocks, the historic part of Sydney, then enjoyed caviar and oysters with wine on the harbor. Sydney has a very cosmopolitan feel that we enjoyed very much, and I would love to go back! It is very cheap and easy to get around using their trains, ferries, and buses.
Part 2- New Caledonia will be my next post… stay tuned!