Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Alphabe-Thursday (5th), the letter "S" — Some places I've be,en starting with "S"

"S" is for some places, countries and cities starting with the letter "S" where I have traveled:

 - Countries I visited:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
 
- States (I've been to all 50 states)
South Carolina, South Dakota
 
 - Large Cities over 100,000 population I've liked:
 - United States: (larger to smaller)
San Antonio, Texas -- 
San Diego, California --

San Jose, California --
San Francisco, California --
Seattle, Washington, -- St. Louis, Missouri, --St. Paul, Minnesota, --St. Petersburg, Florida --Spokane, Washington --Salt Lake City. Utah, --Springfield, Missouri, --
 Sioux Falls, South Dakota --
Springfield, Massachusetts, --Salinas, Kansas, --Syracuse, New York, -- Sunnyvale, California, -- Springfield, Illinois, -- South Bend, Indiana --

 - Foreign: (listed in alphabetical order)
Saint Petersburg, Russia --
Salzburg, Austria --
Seville, Spain --
Shanghai, China --
Southampton, U.K.
Sydney, Australia
 
So, I'll pick Sydney.  Our New Zealand Princes cruise ended up with us in Sydney.  We had a wonderful three and a half days there.  We stayed at the Downtown Hilton and it was really nice.  We upgraded so we would have advantage of the breakfast, noon, happy hour, and evening courtesy room.  Lots of food there, really good coffee too.

Sydney was a pretty harbor.  We took a few pictures and then went to the buffet to have our last cruise breakfast.  Princess has good breakfasts at the buffets or in the dining rooms.
 
 
Our room wasn't going to be ready until afternoon so we
 gave them our luggage and went walking.  Just before noontime we had reservations for a tour of the Sydney Opera House.  It was very impressive.
 
 
The rest of the day we walked around in the harbor area and in the downtown shopping areas. 
 
 
The next day we purchased and all day transportation ticket, ast the senior rate.  First off we took the ferry over across the harbor to a beach.  Mrs. Jim and I always dip our feet in waters new to us.
 
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That evening we went to a free concert in the park.  It wasn't any special to us be we enjoyed seeing the crowds of family and others who came out.  We all sat on the ground, a family loaned us a corner of their blanket.
 
 
 
 
The next day we took another ferry to the other side of the peninsula.  First we shopped down by our hotel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Come noon time we went to the fish market and had a fish and chips meal.  It was cod but it did not compare to the nice fish and chip meals we had in London.  The atmosphere was better than being inside a little, old, restaurant.
 
 
The large rubber duck out in the harbor was on loan, it left for China, I think, after we had left.
I missed some pictures of us crossing the bridge over the bay to the other side by train.  The train tickets worked with our all day pass.
 
 
 
Our last morning before we left we visited the beautiful garden between our hotel and the harbor.  It was very large and very old, but well kept.
 
This was short but it fit the time slot I have today for posting.  You can see some more New Zealand, Australia and Sydney pictures that I've posted, please click here.
 
 - Jenny is now on her tenth series of Alphabe Thursday.  With 52 weeks in a year and 26 letters in the alphabet she is now in her fifth year.  I am linked to her blog, GO HERE for more participants and their offerings.

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Comments:
Lots of great photos to show off your trip to Sydney! I have always heard that they have an amazing Opera House. Sigh! One of these days I am going to drive my hubby to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I love Opera and they have an awesome season. So much fun sharing "S" today. I chose Santa Fe because it is only about 6 hours from my home there. Enjoy your week and thanks for sharing.
 
I've been to many of your U.S. cities, but not the other country ones. I would love to visit Australia someday. Lovely place indeed.

Have a fabulous day. ☺
 
Your travels amaze me! You've seen so much of the world!
 
Guess you left the water dragons alone......
I remember seeing that huge rubber duck -- not in real life, only on the internet!!
 
Wow! So many places!
 
Jim ~ Wonderful travelog with great photos and places you have travelled for S ~

Happy Weekend coming to you,
artmusedog and carol
 
I wonder if that's the same rubber sucky I saw last year on a lake outside of Bejing? You have certainly had a tour of the S's of the world. I think I'd like Sydney very much!
 
Lovely post, Jim. I've met quite a few bloggers from Australia -- through blogs, of course -- that I now want to go there.
The View from the Top of the Ladder
 
So many choices for the letter S. Sydney looks like it was a lot of fun!
 
Another wonderful travel-log....impressive other S destinations as well♪
 
Beautiful photos of Syndey! I'd love to visit there one day!
 
great photos! I would love to go to Australia! Your got to see the big rubber duck! How fun!
You've been to so many places!
I still have a few more states to check off the list. (not to mention countries!)
 

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