LET’S GO SOUTH!!!!!……

Which means driving north to Scotland, South Hemisphere wise….

Mom’n Dad’n me packed some stuff and drove south to discover, thanks to our hosts’ kind advice, as well as our old Lonely Planet, the South Coast of NSW.

We thought that 200km would be a gentle and straight 3 hours drive to our destination, and we were wrong! 6 hours later, due to speed limits restrictions, and lots of villages to cross, we finally arrive in rainy Sanctuary Point.

My patience is rewarded by a couple of not so wild kangaroos passing by,

We reach our new place for the 2 coming nights; it is a sort of 2 bedroom cabin, ideally located on the shore of Saint George Basin (go to http://www.maps.google.com, and type 158, Sanctuary Point Road, Sanctuary Point, New South Wales…)

The cabin is remote, as is the entire village, and you can see from the balcony swans, pelicans, and even kangaroos.

After a fresh, to say the least, night, we start the day under a not so friendly sky, which promises nothing but rain, driving to the Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay. Beaches of the area have been awarded the whitest sand beaches of the world, nothing less, Ladies and Gentlemen….

Sky is as dark as sands are white, and we’re overpowered with admiration, thanks to a beautifully changing light, from sun to dark to showers to rainbows… Black cliffs succeed to white beaches, as we look for whales, which might swim nearby, during their annual northbound breeding migration to Queensland warmer waters. Dad is the one who see dolphins hunting, thanks to loads of seagulls that take advantage of the situation…

The day ends quietly, playing in my room…

I even watch TV (which is very rare, and thus very cool); those ABC cartoons are not more interesting than others, but there is no commercial on that channel, and I’m getting accustomed to the music of English language. Used I am also, to the rough conditions of a 15°C bedroom, and I’m pretty happy to wear Grand’Ma’s gift, a warm pyjamas! Thanks Grand’Ma, I didn’t think I would use it as often as I actually do!!!!

Sun shines! The story is different under the sun, and we decide to explore the banks of the Basin, before heading to yesterday’s beaches, plus Cave beach, and Wreck Bay Beach.

Later in the afternoon, as we drive back to Sydney, we stop in Kiama, where 2 huge blow holes…. blow. I’m a little scared at first, but those big geysers make me laugh when Dad cannot see anything through his glasses, due to the blown spray….

At tea o’clock, we stop in Woolongong to visit a Buddhist temple, the biggest in the South Hemisphere, and are lucky to meet a female monk who’s kind enough to show us the temple’s tips, a massive bell that I achieve to gong, a beautiful pagoda and a funny statue of a « Happy Buddha ».

A couple of fantastic days, and a great journey, en somme…

My best memory? Back to basics, a hot chocolate in a cold cabin, I would say….

Duya think I’m greedy? That is not so Buddhist, I’m afraid….

Alix.

NEW SOUTH WHALES………….

Whales, whales!!!!!!!!!!! Never seen that before.

Ok, I might have not noticed them first as, at 4.00pm, I’m watching my foodplate rather than the Tasman Sea….. By the way, a couple of minutes before some Ohs and Ahs warned us something was happening, a guy with binoculars had just told us that there were no cetacean today in the area……

 

So ok, the photo is a little blur,  and the whales are quite offshore, but they are yet my first whales, and they had to be mentioned here!

Luv,  Alix.

CITY NIGHT’S LIGHTS, AND OTHER STORIES….

Sun’s back, and it shines from dusk til dawn (???!!!…). Temperature is a 20°C, which is totally agreeable for winter season, IMHO.

Easy to understand we’ve been so far spending our days outdoor; Dad even wanders at night…

Although we now feel familiar with the city of Sydney, we keep on discovering new enchanting neighbourhoods. Yesterday, as we’ve decided to picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens, we left our flat at dawn (10.00 am), and did wander around Darlinghurst, a borough that gentrifies gently, and is the must-be-there  place in town, with pretty victorian houses, lots of gay people, and a few bars.

Mom’n Dad did offer me a babyccino, which is a capuccino with no coffee, and I really enjoyed that very hobo beverage, while staring at a plane drawing a smiley in the sky….

Then I walked and played a lot (I love DownUnder, there are so many playgrounds here…)

And, at lunch o’clock, while in Hyde Park, we had the chance to listen to Three Brothers, a rock band performing a tribute to the Beatles, and I danced a lot; I LOVE rock’n’roll!!!!

Some people who did not dare to dance have even cheered me!…

Another guvnor was making incredibly gigantic bubbles with soap,  that loads of children were trying to burst…. quite frustrating for the artist, in Dad’s opinion…

At nap o’clock, I was sleeping in my pram, while Mom’n Dad were pushing me back home to the Rocks, and another playground. The quays were more than stuffed with people enjoying a sunny Sunday (Just learned what a pleonasm is, didn’t I?).

After I went to bed, Dad got out and walked across the Harbor Bridge, where he enjoyed a breathtaking view of Sydney CBD… If you’re nice enough, I’ll show you the place I live in,

Until tomorrow, as we should move to Manly June 19 or 20…

XXXX, Alix.

SO MUCH WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, I know that you guys are gonna think I’m always complaining about a so-so weather,but you’re all wrong. I’ve been to Sydney’Aquarium, with Mom’n Dad (it was raining cats and dogs, by the way).

Daddy  had’nt been there during his first coming Down Under, as Mummy had then declared : « Not worth a visit, there are more beautiful aquariums than that one… »

My humble opinion? Never seen something nicer! First we met a couple of crabs, I mean BIG Japanese spider crabs, that can be as tall as 4m, and live a century, and then we went to a big pool full of rays, sharks and other species I did not recognize (please forgive me, I’m 2 and a half…). We first see the sharks from above,

And then walk down a ramp that opens on huge windows,

 » say hello »

To end our way under the pool. Mum, an accomplished diver, doesn’t need any gear,

But I rather use a brand new diving equipment,

That fits perfectly, n’est-ce pas?

We keep on wandering among small and big fishes, to finally discover a HUGE basin, simulating a reef seascape, where a symphony of coloured fishes, sharks, rays, play all together. It’s breathtaking, to say the least, and I really wish I were 3 years older, as I could dive myself……

Just compare my size and that pool’s…..Immense, vraiment.

As a conclusion, I would say that was a fantastic rainy afternoon, and I kiss you folks!

Alix.

HEY, IT’S ALL IN THE TITLE….

Yeap,

I will be 3 in a couple of months, and I’m travelling around the world. I’ve asked Mom’n Dad to come with me, and so far, they only selected VERY nice places to stay…

Honk Kong first, for a few days,

Then Sydney, in Australia, where we’ve been staying since 6 weeks (the view from our apartment is not so bad, is it?)

and a beautiful parenthesis in the Cook Islands,

To make it short, we’ll spend some more time here in NSW until end of July, then head west to Adelaide and Perth, before flying to New-Zealand, Hawaii, California, Québec, and New York City…..

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So long,

Alix.

HI GUYS

Ok,

Took me quite a lot of time to write this first post, but do remember I’m only 33 months old, and I did not know a single English word 5 weeks ago……

Thank you very much indeed for your patience, it will be rewarded soon…..

Alix.