Our first Europe trip was to visit London, Amsterdam, and Paris. When traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, we met in the lobby of the hotel at 4:00 a.m. The driver was the only one working, everyone was either quiet or going back to sleep on the coach. With 312 miles (503 km) or 5 hours of driving from Amsterdam to Paris, getting on the road early was the only way we could have more time for sightseeing.
The time we arrived in Paris, it was in the morning rush hour. During the two-day tour in Paris, we visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame and took a boat ride on the Seine River for a birds-eye view of the city.
My husband was born in Australia. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that Australia was our first choice. We like to fly nonstop as much as possible. It was a 17 hours’ flight from Los Angeles, the longest flight we have had.
Our first visit was to tour the Sydney Opera House. Besides the tour, we watched an opera available during our visit.
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quite an experience. We wore the special suit that wrapped around us with nothing loose outside the suit. It had belts and hooks attaching to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge. It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 meters (440 feet) from the top to water level. It was a climb of our life.
We visited his aunt and uncle who lived in New South Wales which is less than a two-hour drive from Sydney. They took us to Blue Mountain, and we went down to the visitor area that provided a spectacular view to the Jamison Valley below the Three Sisters.
Other sites of the visit were the Koala Zoo and the Crocodile Farm.
Before we went further north, we stopped by Port Douglas.
My husband always wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. It was his highlight of the trip. I don’t dive but had a pleasant boat ride and a spectacular view of the ocean.