Tuesday, December 25, 2007
My round-the-world trip started on Friday morning when my boyfriend and I took the Eurostar to Paris for the weekend. We got upgraded to an amazing suite at the Prince de Galles hotel and had a great time exploring Christmas markets and farmers’ markets, spending time with a friend of mine, and eating great food.
We traveled to Sydney yesterday morning after a harrowing journey from Paris. London fog caused all flights from Paris to be canceled except for two. We got onto one of them, but it was delayed for four hours, so we sat in CDG for seven hours and then missed our London-Singapore-Sydney flight by five minutes.
We begged our way onto another flight from London to Singapore (they literally refused to let us on but my boyfriend wouldn’t take no for an answer). We got to Singapore in time to catch our original flight to Sydney, but by then they had canceled our tickets since we “no showed” for the London-Singapore portion. We were finally able to get re-booked and barely made it to the gate in time for boarding. It was a complete nightmare, but we were so glad to get to Australia on Christmas morning.
We met up with a friend from San Francisco and spent the afternoon at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. There we saw red pandas, penguins, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, and even a wombat! After the zoo we went to Manly Beach. We ate lunch there and then walked around the Sydney harbor and saw the opera house, the bridge, and the surrounding area. We were so tired by 8pm that we had a beer for dinner and then fell asleep at 8:30pm and woke up this morning at 7:45am.
It’s sunny outside today, so we can’t wait to get out and watch the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and then hit up Bondi Beach this afternoon. I have taken some pictures of Sydney, so will post them when I get some time…