Monday, February 9, 2009

Thanks to "Sydney Meanderings" Ann

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Today was my first full day back home in Israel. But I find that many of my thoughts are still of Sydney...
Many thanks go to Ann of Sydney Meanderings for coming into town on a Sunday to take me on "a wander." It was the first time for me to meet a blogger friend in person. Such fun when two photo bloggers go on a meander together!

We met outside St. Mary's and walked down to the peaceful Royal Botanic Garden with all its plants and birds and bats.

A first for both of us, we took a guided tour of the elegant interior of old Government House.

This interesting obelisk stands in Macquarie Place, near the pub where we indulged in a fish and chips lunch.

I never knew the "Customs House" is now the library until Ann took me inside.

We ended up at always-exciting Circular Quay.
Thanks, Ann, for all your kindness, guiding, stories, and friendliness! You are the only Australian I really talked to in my whole six weeks there. And that made a great difference.
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Other bloggers will be guiding readers on tours today over at That's My World Tuesday.
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22 comments:

Eki Akhwan said...

I hope you had a pleasant flight back home, Dina.

It must have been wonderful to meet another blogger in person and had a day together hunting for pictures ... :)

jordaenne said...

Beautiful Dina.

I love the photos here you wonderful artist.

It looks like a fun enriching time. I especially love the last one. It leads you to consider all the roads we've travelled and the ways.

shalom
love&light
love &light.

Dina said...

Hi Eki. Yes, the day with Ann was lots of fun. But sitting in a full jumbo jet can hardly be called pleasant. We left Sydney just before sunset, so we had several hours of lovely clouds and changing light. But then, going ever westward, we had darkness for the next 18 hours. What a long dark night. My total time on the two flights was over 30 hours.
Australia is so far away from just about anything!

Dina said...

Thank you Jordaenne. Yes, you are right about the last picture. I considered becoming a stowaway on that huge cruise ship sailing around the world...

Your EG Tour Guide said...

How wonderful to meet a blogger friend! And it looks like you had a GREAT time with Ann.

ewok1993 said...

I would love to meet one of my fellow bloggers in person too. Looks like you had fun doing what you love to do, photography.

I trust you had a safe trip.

Sylvia K said...

It is wonderful to meet a fellow blogger, isn't it? I love all your photos! they are just fantastic and I'm so glad you had a good trip! Thank you for sharing!

The Good Life in Virginia said...

first, i have enjoyed your australian vacation and this post was interesting too. glad you met up with a fellow blogger ;)
always enjoy your blog.
erin

jordaenne said...

NIce to hear your voice in the comment box Dina.
Yes a stowaway,on the cruise ship. That suits my budget. ha ha

fishing guy said...

Dina: Beautiful captures of the land down under in all it's greenery.

Janie said...

How nice that you were able to get together with another blogger. I'll bet the two of you were snapping photos constantly. Looks like a fun and memorable trip.

Ann said...

Dina, it was a pleasure. I hope we can do it again some day.

Katney said...

How fun! I met up with Kim of Seattle Daily Photo during my cancer walk last September, and Paulie of Postcards from the Northwest has joined us on a couple of excursions. But I've been meeting folks from other internet ventures for many years.

Grammy said...

Just a beautiful place. I love the castle

Kris said...

You're not afraid of Australians are you Dina?

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Always wonderful to meet bloggie friends and it looks like you had a great tour. The architecture is wonderful there.

Cloudia said...

Nicest part of a journey is the armchair memories and flavors savored back home. Aloha-

Indrani said...

That is nice, being guided by another blogger friend around. If you are in Bangalore some day I will take you around.
Great shots shared.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Its been terrific seeing your beautifull holiday I love your blog and what fun meeting a fellow blogger. Air travel is a big thing in Thanet at the moment as the council debate the future of our airport. I love air travel but 30 hours IS A LONG TIME XXX Don

Petrea said...

What a delight it is to meet a fellow photo-blogger in a new city. There's a kindred spirit.

Babooshka said...

I envy your meeting a fellow blogger, especially another of the many I stop by. I hope you return to the government of your choice.

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Dina - I've enjoyed looking at all of your photos of your visit in Australia. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family and enjoyed the company of your adorable grandsons. And how cool that you got to hook up with a fellow blogger! I've been to Australia several times and have always thought I would love to live there.
Best wishes!