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Fun Photo Friday — Fun Shots of Sydney


Sydney Harbour Bridge at night — The "Coat Hanger"

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night — The “Coat Hanger”

Today’s Fun Photo Friday begins a new travel series.  This trip began with three nights in Sydney, Australia and ended a month later when our cruise ship MS Oosterdam docked in Seattle, Washington.  But before we begin our trip in earnest, let’s introduce your guides:

R. Doug Wicker — Your Favorite Author . . . I hope

R. Doug Wicker — Your Favorite Author . . . I hope

Ursula Wicker — Your Favorite REALTOR® and Travel Guide

Ursula Wicker — Your Favorite REALTOR® and Travel Guide

And for the rest of today’s Fun Photo Friday I present a smattering on my favorite Sydney photographs.  We’ll take a more in depth look at this vibrant and fun walking city beginning on Monday.

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Bet You Thought I’d Forgotten to Blog this Trip


Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Way back in mid-May I offered this preview blog of our month-long trip that began with three nights in Sydney, Australia, followed by a transpacific cruise to Seattle, Washington, aboard Holland America’s MS Oosterdam.  Well, I didn’t forget.  I merely got distracted by another cruise from Montreal to Boston, and current events such as the Malaysia 370 disappearance.  Throw in a few gun blogs, a movie review or two, and other aviation-related news such as the Chicago Center fiasco and here we are in October finally ready to go.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney Harbor Bridge

So, just in case you’re growing weary of that other stuff, here’s a preview of what to expect with my latest travel series.  From Sydney we traveled to Noumea:

Noumea — New Caledonia

Noumea — New Caledonia

Lifou and its sparkling blue waters:

Lifou — New Caledonia

Lifou — New Caledonia

Port Vila on Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu:

Port Vila — Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Port Vila — Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo with it’s crystal clear fresh water pools:

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The uninhabited Mystery Island of Vanuatu:

Mystery Island — Vanuatu

Mystery Island — Vanuatu

Viti Levu, Fiji, with its cascading waterfalls and intense sunsets:

Viti Levu Waterfall — Fiji

Viti Levu Waterfall — Fiji

Viti Levu Sunset — Fiji

Viti Levu Sunset — Fiji

The beaches of Dravuni, Fiji:

Dravuni — Fiji

Dravuni — Fiji

Pago Pago and the Westernmost U.S. National Park:

The Westernmost U.S. National Forest in American Somao

The Westernmost U.S. National Forest in American Somoa

Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawaii:

Honolulu at Night

Honolulu at Night

The Grand Canyon of the Pacific — Waimea Canyon on the Hawaiian island of Kauai:

Waimea Canyon — Kauai

Waimea Canyon — Kauai

The frontier-style streets of Lahaina on Maui:

Lahaina — Maui

Lahaina — Maui

And finally the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with images of Marymere Falls and a blizzard on Hurricane Ridge:

Marymere Falls — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Marymere Falls — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

On the Way to Hurricane Ridge — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

On the Way to Hurricane Ridge — Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Yes, we really did end this trip in the midst of a raging blizzard during the second week in May.

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Saying Goodbye to Bar Harbor and the MS Maasdam


Departing Bar Harbor

Departing Bar Harbor

Our departure from Bar Harbor took place late afternoon with the sun in our eyes as we looked back toward shore. As such the lighting was far from optimal for most shots. But you know what the say — when life hands you chicken guano, make chicken salad. Or is that something about lemons and lemonade? I get these things mixed up sometimes.

Departing Bar Harbor

Departing Bar Harbor

Departing Bar Harbor

Departing Bar Harbor

At any rate I made the best I could of a bad situation, even resorting to some Black & White conversions to take advantage of the lighting in my favor. Hope you enjoy the slide show:

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