Friday, January 24, 2014

Dream Trip Part one

 
 G'day mates!  It's been a week since I returned from New Zealand and Australia.  It seems like only yesterday that we started planning it, and now it's over.  I think we would all agree that it was a wonderful time, well worth the two grueling travel days that included more than thirty hours combined in air time.  I wasn't sure if I would survive the 14 hour straight flights, but watching several movies, the occasional cat nap, and a few glasses of wine helped.  I have so many photos to share, so I'll do it in several posts.  Here we are at the very top of our ship, the Celebrity Solstice.  We flew from LA to Auckland, and met up with our two week home on the Pacific and Indian Oceans, plus the Tasman Sea.  Yes, that is a grass lawn at the top deck of the ship.  Lawn games took place there, along with a glass blowing exhibit.  In this photo, we were all a bit frazzled, sleepy, and a bit grumpy (me), but still looking forward to the adventure ahead.

 
 If you look to the right of the big X, and about halfway up from the middle tender boat, you can see our balcony.  We were anchored off the Bay of Islands, NZ here.  Our rooms were fab.  We had a little sitting area to stitch, of course.  I got quite used to having breakfast delivered, not to mention the chocolates on my turned down bed.  Even though we were a day ahead with the time difference, we watched all the football playoff games.  My friend, Patti below is a die hard 49'er fan.  I'm sure they could hear her yelling all over the ship.

 
 We were on the tender boat, on our way to explore and shop.  Not sure if Patti was flashing gang signals or not :)  Actually, I believe that was for day 2.

 
 Beautiful Bay of Islands.   I've never seen so many boats in one place.  The crystal blue water often matched the sky.  The sea water did nothing for my hair, however!

 
 This photo needs no explanation.  It was the first happy hour on the ship.  We played musical trivia every afternoon in the lounge.  We did so well, and ended up getting first place several times.  It will be one of my favorite memories.

 
Until next time, I will leave you with a look at what I do best...  Be back soon with more to share that will include meeting up with a couple of very special friends.  I had my very own welcoming committee in Australia. 

8 comments:

Cari said...

Wow oh wow !! Wonderful adventure !!

Kelly said...

OMG, I laughed out loud seeing Patti flashing her gang signs with her shades on. I'm thinking I took the pic but sure dont remember that.

samplerlover said...

Wonderful photos. It was lovely seeing the photo of all of you again. Hi Kelly :).

Karen said...

Can't wait to here it all... looks like a wonderful trip!

Sharon said...

How awesome! Looking forward to hearing more.

Katrina said...

Looks like an amazing trip!!! Love the pic of you and Patti, can't wait to see more pictures :-).

Karoline said...

Sounds like it was an amazing trip, looking forward to hearing more about it.

Suzanne said...

It's great to see photos of your holiday again. I didn't realise the ship you were on was as big as this, wow!!