Darwin, Australia

Greetings. How ya goin, Mate?IMG_8233

Jeezes but it’s hot here. It’s about 90/90 temp/humidity. I have never been in Miami in summer, but I imagine it to be a good example of this heavy, oppressive heat.

So here we are in steamy Darwin, at the top of Australia. Just a little history, Darwin is named after Charles Darwin who sailed here in 1839. Darwin got leveled in 1942 by the Japanese and again in 1974 by Cyclone Tracy, so it’s all quite modern. It’s a small city, about 75,000 but growing rapidly, and it’s a melting pot of cultures. You see many Aboriginal people here.IMG_8230

There wasn’t much to see, we could have gone to see the jumping crocodiles but we got our croc fix in Melbourne (“Melbin”), and we were too fatigued by the heat to walk to the museum. But a beer sounded good. We had a few Aussie dollars to get rid of, as this is our last port in Australia, so we got some “wedgies,” which came with mayo and sweet chilli (sic) sauce. We LOVED the sweet chilli sauce! We ate it all! (The mayo went untouched. Ick.)IMG_8237

The beer here is very good (and doesn’t give me a headache like American beer). You’ve all seen the ads with Crocodile Dundee saying about Foster’s Lager, “It’s Australian for beer, Mate!” Well, it ain’t. The Aussies do NOT drink Fosters! It’s not made here and they don’t sell it here.

We navigated the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea and passed the northernmost point of Australia yesterday, Point York. Nothing here but colorful reef creatures and rabbits. Rabbits have “migrated” here from ships and nowadays they have a big rabbit population problem here. IMG_8225

Okay, here’s the wrap-up. Australia is ….uh… not much. There haven’t been many pictures because, frankly, there isn’t that much to see here. But the cruise is nice and we’re enjoying it very much. They have decorated for the holidays and the ship looks very festive.

Next up is Bali.

To answer some questions from email, my cold has run its course and I feel great. I missed the GBR but I don’t feel bad about it, I’ll watch Finding Nemo again when I get home. We are on Celebrity Millennium. This is our first Celebrity cruise and it’s very nice. They do a good job. They have some terrific alternative dining venues (we rarely eat in the main dining room) and the entertainment is top-notch. There is always something to do. Or you can do nothing at all.


  1. I had a good laugh about the heat and you in your summer clothes while the wind here is blowing like a son of a gun and the rain is coming DOWN!

    Can't wait to see the Bali pictures and run down. Feel like I am on vacation:)

  2. Hi Rian,
    You're missing out on our cool days. 75 yesterday. I'm going to store summer clothes and bring out the sweaters and jackets. Sorry to hear that you were ill but, appears you were prepared for the worst. Ship sounds beautiful and so much fun. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving? We were invited to Javier's for dinner and he put out a big spread. He so cares for you, Jim & Michelle. I always keep him up to date on your adventures. It would be great if we could all get together sometime.
    Wishing you a wonderful day with no pains,aches etc. to hold you back...Thanks for letting us follow along on your trip...

  3. Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip. I really like the images of the aboriginal Christian art, and of course the land and sea scape is beautiful. Your cruise sounds divine.

  4. The travel blog is just perfect.....You tell it like it is. If I can't go along, this is the next best.

  5. Too bad you didn't see any interesting parts of Australia. There are plenty. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

  6. I meant to add that I can imagine that the interior would be something to avoid at this time of year--too much like home, maybe!

  7. Love the photo of you and Santa! Too bad it is so hot. Hard to enjoy the outdoors then but beer is a good solution!


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