Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tuesday to Saturday

On Tuesday we went on a tour in Melbourne to  the Dandenong Ranges National Park.  In the little town of Belgrade we took a ride on the Puffing Billy train, a narrow gauge steam train.  Great fun.
Wednesday we arrived in Burnie, Tasmania.  Tasmania is an island off the south coast of Australia and is also one of the seven states.  On a tour we took a ride into the countryside and was suprised that is was so fertile.  Lots of farms and cows, horses and sheep.  Stopped at a honey farm and had ice cream.  Had lunch at a wildlife park and saw lots of kangaroos, wombats, tasmanian devils, eagles, galahs, kookaburras and really enjoyed our last look at the animals.  On our way back to the ship, we had a tour of a chocolate factory and had dessert and hot chocolate there
Thursday and Friday we were at sea. Saw lots of shows, singers and dancers, a great piano player and ate lots of wonderful food.  Met lots of nice people from all over the world.  Some nights are casual and we've had two formal nights.  Last night we each had lobster and loved that.  We've been shopping in the shops on board and playing bingo, doing trivia contests and listening to the various musical groups. 
Today we got our first glimpse of New Zealand.  Went through Milford Sound at 6:30am, Doubtful Sound at noon and Dusky  Sound at 2pm.  We sailed into the fiords and the mountains were unbelievable.  Tomorrow the first time we go ashore..


  1. oh! New Zealand!! Isn't it paradise?

  2. Wow!!! Are ya ever comin' home again? Seems you've been gone forever,but you're havin' quite the holiday my dear. Continue to Enjoy.

  3. Ed and Beulah; Can you believe the luck we are having? Missed the earthquake by one day. Very sober day today. Love