Blue Mountains Bush Walk day in Australia

On our second day in Sydney Australia, we woke up on a nice Sunday morning, to have a lovely breakfast at our hotel Quay West Sydney. Today our plan was to visit Blue Mountains, a world heritage and a lovely natural area, sure to be visited in a trip to Sydney. Once more, we were picked up by a car and a driver, this time from Mount ‘n Beach Safaris company of Sydney.

Our first stop was Featherdale WildlifePark, to be introduced to the famous wildlife animals of Australia. First impression was very good for all of us. As you may have guessed, we have never seen any kangaroos, koalas or any other Australian animal before. So it was nice to feed them, touch them and get so close to them. However, the park we went a day after was much more interesting, clean and enjoyable to visit. So, wait for my next posts, before deciding to go!

Before wind

Before wind

After wind

After wind

Before reaching to Blue Mountains Scenic World, we did a short break to enjoy some view of the valley on the way. Lovely view, with infinite forest and a very dangerous wind.

Lovely nature

Lovely nature

Our final stop of the day, where we were gonna spent a half day was the Blue Mountains Scenic World, which includes skyways, railways, cableways, and a comfortable walkway in the forests of Blue Mountains, together with some shopping opportunities to do and some picnic tables, to enjoy our sandviches.

Skyway with glass floor

Skyway with a glass floor

Among these, Skyway was by far the best view and the best experience to offer, with a glass floor to step on.

View from Skyway

View from Skyway

View of the mountains

View of the mountains

Me

Me

What is Switzerland doing here?

What is Switzerland doing here?

Have you been to Swiss Alps? We did a lovely holiday about 5 years ago to Luzern and visited Pilatus with the vehicles very similar to here. I may write about it too sometime later. So here is the reason. All rides were made by Swiss and this bell was a present to the park.

Children sure will enjoy this trip

Children sure will enjoy this trip

Our son loved the day

Our son loved the day

 

Great Cruise tour-day-3

The main activity of our summer has been the Cruise trip with MSC Poesia to Norwegian Fyords. We were a group of 8: Me, the organiser-as always, my husband and our son-as expected, my mom and her husband, my uncle and aunt and my grandfather. So group aged from 9 to 90. Tough isn’t it?

Day 3 was officially the first day of our military serving – oops pardon me – the excursion. After a long day of being in the middle of nowhere, it was nice to wake up and see the moving mountains from our window.

Good morning view

Good morning view

I live in a rather crowded part of my country, in a rather big city. Therefore it is strange to see a lonely house, in the middle of a steep hill. I wonder how one can live up there and what they can do. Today and in the coming few days, we have found out that Norwegian people are very outdoor activity guys. Cycling, climbing, kayaking, kanoing, trekking, very many outdoor activity far beyond my city life, is their lifestyle.

For today we booked a day excursion from Geiranger to Hellesylt, which meant that the cruise would leave us at Geiranger and hopefully be at Hellesylt, where we will be going bu bus. But goşng out was not so easy at the ship. We and a few thousand more people woke up early, got ready with a quick breakfast and gathered at the big theater and waited for others to gather. By the time it was 9:00 am, groups are announced one at a time, and we all got off the ship one by one. Moreover, Geiranger was a place where the cruise could not get close to the sea shore, so we were taken to the coast by lifeboats.

Little lifeboats moving back and forth to take everybody to the shore

Little lifeboats moving back and forth to take everybody to the shore

Each group, with the stickers of tour numbers on them, trying to follow their own tour guide, to the lifeboats. A bit of hectic trying to keep my group aged 9 to 90 together, but finally we got on a little orange boat of 150 people and moved to Geiranger. After a five minutes journey, here we were back on our feet on Norwegian soil at last. Finding our bus in the tiny town of Geiranger which was meant to accomodate a few hundred people, but a ship-load of people getting off to be loaded 40 buses, caused all the roads to be filled with tourists. With a little search of the buses, we finally found our bus and got on it – no missing people from our group up to now.

From Geiranger, our bus started to climb the uphill, where we enjoyed lovely view in every corner. We also did have a chance to stop in a couple of viewpoints to take some photographes.

Little Geiranger and our lovely cruise

Little Geiranger and our lovely cruise

Residues of the ice age, what caused the Fyords to be formed

Residues of the ice age, what caused the Fyords to be formed

After about 2 hours drive with 3-4 stopovers, we finally arrived to a lovely restaurant called Grotli. I should say, evet though there were more than a hundred tourists starving, the service and the food were super. The asparagus soup especially was best ever for sure. The following Norwegian Salmon is very delicious also. There is also a nice story – actually real- in April 1940, in the middle of WW2, two planes of Germany and Britain shot each other. The surviving crew members begin to shoot each other, but later must share the same cabin, in order to survive the Norwegina winter. The unlikely friendship between the pilots, was filmed 2012 with the name “Into the White”. Here are some photographes of the restaurant and the plane used in the film.

Our son's only concern is the Ipad.

Our son’s only concern is the Ipad.

Inside the restaurant, very warm and welcoming

Inside the restaurant, very warm and welcoming

My Grandfather's concern is to learn the story behind

My Grandfather’s concern is to learn the story behind

In front of the restaurant - from the camera of my uncle

In front of the restaurant – from the camera of my uncle

The afternoon was also mostly on the bus with lovely nature and view of the lakes and the mountains, with a few stops by the lakes and a village called Stryn.

View of lake

View of lake

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Colorful tiny boats

Our bus tour ended in Hellesylt where our Cruise was about to come. So with a couple of other thousand of tourists, we searched for a souvenir shop to buy something, but unfortunately a few shops in the little village of Hellesylt were loaded with people with more than their capacity. Moreover, there was a very very long queue of people, waiting for the cruise to come. So our day trip ended by waiting for about an hour in the queue.

View of Hellesylt from our room

View of Hellesylt from our room

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