Friday, April 21, 2017

Australia and New Zealand Trip: Part 15 (Random Moments)

Life...unedited. 
These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture random moments from our trip to Australia and New Zealand.

During our 21-hour flight to Australia, my feet got so painfully swollen from inactivity and cabin pressure. My swollen feet caused blisters and made my Rainbow flip flops feel too small on my feet for a few days:

 When we were in the Cairns airport, I bought myself some flip flops in a larger size that were so much more comfortable:

Our flight from Cairns to the Australian Outback was delayed a couple hours. The good news is that our airline gave us each $25 each in vouchers for meals. We used my voucher to buy breakfast from Hungry Jacks (Burger King). We used Tal's voucher to get some sandwiches for lunch on the plane:


We thought of our Savannah when we saw this coloring book in a souvenir store:


A beautiful view of the mountains in Cairns while Tal was walking to our flight to the Outback:


On our trip, Tal and I spent 7 out of 10 days on an airplane. 
Tal passed time by listening to music...

...while I listened to my podcasts and read 3-4 magazines on each flight:
(By the way, Australia and New Zealand didn't have Diet Coke or Pepsi products...only Coke Zero)

The day we left the Outback, we had to check-out of our hotel room by 10 A.M. After checking-out, Tal and I ate a relaxing brunch outside at our hotel restaurant before we left for the airport:

In the Outback, Tal boarded our flight to Sydney:

Easter was a BIG deal in Australia. On our flight to Sydney, the flight attendants passed out chocolate bunnies to all of the passengers:

On our return trip, we waited in the Auckland airport for our flight to Sydney. Tal and I thought it funny that the computer monitor told us to "relax" until our gate was ready:


Tal and I  saw "I Love/Eye Love" stores in every airport:



While Tal and I were on vacation, our girls stayed with my mom at our house for 5 days. Hadley had lots of fun swinging in our backyard with Grandma Judy:

Savannah enjoyed dyeing Easter eggs with Grandma Judy:

Then, the girls spent 6 days with Grandma Barbara at her house. Savannah and Hadley enjoyed sleeping late and eating cereal in the mornings:

Hadley's Bedhead



Australia and New Zealand Trip: Part 14 (Mount Victoria in New Zealand)

On Tuesday, April 18, Tal and I took a 12-minute ferry ride from the Auckland Harbor to the seaside village of Devonport. In Devonport, Tal and I climbed Mount Victoria, visited the village library, and bought some chocolate:
Devonport and Mount Victoria

Tal and I hiked to the top of Mount Victoria, which was one of Devonport's landmarks:

We were tired when we reached the top of Mount Victoria, but the views of the Auckland skyline and Waitemata Harbor were spectacular:












When Tal and I got to the bottom of Mount Victoria, we visited the Devonport Library:

Inside the Library

Before we returned to the ferry, Tal and I walked to Devonport Chocolates, where we bought some delicious handmade truffles and chocolates:


Tal and I looked into the kitchen to see how the chocolates were made:

It was bittersweet when Tal and I hopped on the ferry and cruised back to the Auckland Harbor. We knew our second honeymoon was coming to an end and that the next day (Wednesday, April 19) we would begin our 30-hour return trip to NC to see our girls:

Australia and New Zealand Trip: Part 13 (Rangitoto Island in New Zealand)

On Tuesday, April 18, Tal and I took a cruise from the Auckland Harbor to the volcanic Rangitoto Island:

Rangitoto Island is one of Auckland's 50 volcanoes and the youngest volcano in New Zealand:

Tal and I jumped off the cruise and spent some time exploring Rangitoto Island's plants, forests, and volcanic terrain:








Tal and I enjoyed visiting beautiful Rangitoto Island in New Zealand!

Australia and New Zealand Trip: Part 12 (Auckland Harbor Cruise)

On Tuesday, April 18, Tal and I took a 1.5 hour cruise through the Auckland Harbor on the Fullers Wanderer: 


Tal and I arrived three hours early for our cruise in order to get a good parking spot in downtown Auckland. While we waited for our afternoon cruise, Tal and I walked by the waterfront, had lunch at Burger Boy, and ate ice cream at Melt:













"New Zealand has the 4th largest marine fishery in the world:"

Along the Auckland waterfront, Tal and I spotted The Crab Shack restaurant...which Tal thought was pretty cool since his favorite restaurant at home is called The Crab Shack:

At 1:30, Tal and I hopped on the cruise. From the boat, we saw some pretty views of the Harbor Bridge, the Auckland skyline, the historic naval base, Bean Rock Lighthouse, and Rangitoto Island:

Auckland Skyline

Harbor Bridge

Tal and I thought it was funny that bungy jumping was allowed from the Harbor Bridge:

Bean Rock Lighthouse