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Wollongong, Australia

March 22, 2014

01/03/2014

Short trip to Wollongong, South of Sydney, to attend the wedding of Nicole, the daughter of our friends Christine and Hanny. The wedding was going to take place on the beach, unfortunately it was raining. However, it turned out into a very nice party.

Courte visite à Wollongong, juste en dessous de Sydney, pour assister au mariage de Nicole, la fille de nos amis Christine et Hanny. La cérémonie allait avoir lieu sur la plage, malheureusement il pleuvait. ce fut néanmoins une très belle fête.

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20140302_142010walk on the beach, the following day / promenade sue la plage, le lendemain

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Sydney – early morning / à l’aube 

 

Sydney

October 31, 2012

21/10/2012

Week end in Sydney to visit cousins and friends. Also played tourists, took a classic tour through the harbor and visited the aquarium (water underworld).

Un saut à Sydney pour voir cousins et amis. Avons  également joué aux touristes en visitant le port et le fameux aquarium.

A room with a view / chambre avec vue

vue de notre chambre d’hotel / view from our hotel room

building designed by Renzo Piano

Harbour / Le port

Angel Place

Aquarium

Upside Down Jellyfish

Jelly fish / méduses

dugong (seacow)

sharks / requins

Famille

Anna, Paul, Elaine

Wanda, Elaine, Anna

Byron Bay revisited

July 16, 2012

30/06 /2012

A one day trip to Byron Bay together with colleague Tai Mak. Good opportunity to get out of the city and change our mind after a week of work. We were very lucky with the weather, really not bad for a so-called winter day (end June in Australia equates to end December in Europe).

Courte excursion sur Byron Bay avec mon collègue Tai Mak qui n’avait jamais été la-bas. Bonne occasion pour échapper à la ville, histoire de se changer les idées après une semaine de travail. Le temps était avec nous. On ne se serait jamais cru en hiver ( fin juin en Australie c’est comme fin décembre en Europe). Il faut dire que c’est souvent comme cela dans ce climat subtropical.

Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast) – a short coffee stop, half way to our destination. Broadbeach tower buildings in the background 

Byron Bay, lighthouse in the background, on the hill

We saw whales from the lighthouse, jumping like hell but too far away to photograh.

Nous avons vu des baleines au loin, sautant comme des folles, mais trop éloignées pour la photo. juste pour le plaisir des yeux.

Tai in front of ecolo-art work 

last stop before going back home /dernière pause avant le retour

01/07 /2012

Bulimba

Oxford Street, Bulimba (Brisbane)

Rocking in Sydney

May 9, 2012

22/04/2012

A very short visit to Sydney. Main purpose of the trip was to attend ¨Dig It Up”, a rock reunion organized by the Hoodoo Guru’s, the famous Australian rock band (which I had never heard of). Took profit to take a short walk through the beautiful Paddington district with it’s typical houses. Also payed a short visit to Mees & Marianne, our old Dutch friends who were in the country, visiting family.

Paddington

Napier Street

Napier Street

Napier Street

Selwyn Street

 Little Selwyn Street

Selwyn Street

Enmore

A breath of fresh air between two concerts

The Sonics – American rock band from Seattle

The godfathers of this whole damn mess, The Sonics laid down the blueprint for garage-rock back in 1963 with the release of their first single ¨The Witch”… Very basic and straight forward Rock’n Roll, always good

Hoodoo Guru 

The legendary Hoodoo Gurus. By any measure, one of Australia’s greatest, best loved, most enduring rock bands of all time. 2012 marks an amazing milestone for the Hoodoo Gurus; 30 years since the release of the band’s debut single ¨Leilani¨

Other bands which we saw playing included Died Pretty, reunited for this special occasion, with our friend John Huey on keyboad, The Fleshtones, US rock band  from New York (excellent) and Tek & Younger, with our friend Jim on guitar. There were many others which we unfortunately missed, including The 5.6.7.8’s, Tokyo female garage-trio (invited in Tarantino’s ¨Kill Bill” movie and Soundtrack) 

Kensington

Monica, Orlando, Mees, Marianne, Lotus, Avalon, Joram

Mees jarig!

60 balais nom de bleu. Ca se fête.

Spring in Grafton (NSW)

October 26, 2011

22-10-2011

A week end in Grafton (NSW),  on the Pacific coast, 300km south of Brisbane. Grafton is the city of the jacarandas. A festival is held in this city each spring, to celebrate the tree. We were there a week before the festival, the jacarandas were already blooming.

 

Grafton 

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23/10/2011

Yuraygir National Park

  photo: Wanda Michalak                   

Sydney, May 2011

June 13, 2011

21-05-2011

Spent a day in Sydney, on my way to Houston. Went to have a look at our friend Robyn Stacey’s new show in the Stills gallery, did some shopping and went to visit Gaby & family (my cousin Richy’s daughter).

Ai passé une journée à Sydney, en route vers Houston. Suis allé voir la nouvelle exposition de notre amie Robyn Stacey à la galleries Stills, ai fait des courses et suis allé rendre visite à Gaby et famille (la fille de mon cousin Richard)

Hyde Park

Took an early morning  walk through the park. The automn sun was shining, providing a very sharp light.

Suis allé me promener à Hyde park, au centre ville. Le soleil matinal brillait, provoquant  une lumière éblouissante.

 

Tall Tales and True

Stills Gallery, Padington

This is where photographer Robyn Stacey is having her “Tall Talles and True” show / c’est ici que Robyn expose

Rose and the Cucumberland Plain 2010, 214.5 x 360 cm 

It looks like a painting but it is a photography / on dirait une peinture mais c’est une photographie

Come Unto Me 2011, 84 x 120 cm

Chatelaine, 2010

see also www.stillsgallery.com.au

 

Typical houses in Paddington / maison typique

Visited Gaby, Valere and family in the afternoon. To my surprise Gaby’s sister Anna was there as well. And a bit later their mother Elaine showed up as well. It was great to see them all. Last time we met was in December 2009, at Christmas eve. Anna has just moved from Melbourne to Sydney. So it appears we have an important branch of family living in Sydney… We took no photo’s this time, we were too busy talking.   

Maddie (Madeleine), early May 2011 – Gaby and Valere’s daughter, born October 2010

Week End in Sydney

April 12, 2011

09/04/2011

We went to Sydney for the week end to meet Mees and Marianne, old friends from Holland who are currently there, visiting their son Joram and the family, including their new born grandson Orlando. Robyn and John, two good friends of ours, put us up for the week end.   

Centennial Park

Took a walk through the Centennial Park (Kensington) together with Mees and Marianne

Promenade dans le Centennial park (Parc du Centenaire) avec Mees et Marianne, de vieux amis hollandais qui sont en ce moment à Sydney, en visite chez leur fils Joram et sa famille

Mees, Marianne, Wanda & Paul 

Black Swan / Cygne Noir 

Mees & Marianne

Flying foxes / roussettes (chauves-souris)

 

 

Dinner and dancing in Surrey Hill

Went out for dinner together with Robyn and John. We had some problems finding a not fully booked restaurant. We finally ended up in a Turkish restaurant. There were belly dancers and the dinner ended up in a dancing party. It happened to be a good choice. The food was excellent and the ambiance was great. 

Sommes sortis manger avec nos amis Robin and John, chez qui nous logions. Avons erré un bon moment avant de trouver un restaurant avec une table disponible (c’était la fièvre du samedi soir, tout était plein). Avons finalement atterri dans un restaurant turc. Il y avait sde la danse du ventre et le repas s’est bientôt transformé en fête dansante. Nous avions fait le bon choix. Excellente bouffe et superbe ambiance.

Robyn, John & Wanda

waiting in front of restaurant for table to be freed /devant le restaurant, attendant qu’une table se libère

 

10/04/2011

Ku-Ring-Gai National Park

Broken Bay

Red Hand / Main Rouge , Aboriginal Art

Aborginal Engravings

fish / poisson

kangaroo

 

14a Elsmere Street, Kensington

Monica and Joram

Joram with new born Orlando

Joram, Orlando and Lotus

Mees and Avalon

Avalon, Orlando and Monica

Sydney – New Year’s Eve

January 9, 2011

We drove over two days from Brisbane to Sydney (1000km) where we celebrated the New Year’s Eve. Baba and Sebastian were with us. This was the end of Baba’s 5 months stay in Australia. She flew from there back to Europe on January 2, together with her grandson Sebastian.

Nous avons fait en deux jours la route de Brisbane à Sydney (1000km), ensemble avec Baba et Sebastien. Nous avons célébré le nouvel An à Sydney. C’était la fin du séjour de 5 mois de Baba en Australie. Elle est repartie pour l’Europe depuis la-bas, ensemble avec son petit fils Sebastien.

On the Road – En Route

Booti Booti national park

Booti Booti – A quick dip in the sea to refresh and regenerate during the trip 

Nambucca Heads – Wanda and Sebastian having breakfast

Sebastian’s “heavy” breakfast

 

Sydney

Sydney Harbour with Opera House in the background – the four of us 

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

New Year’s Eve fireworks

The Sydney year end fireworks are famous to be one of the biggest in the world. What we did not know is that if you want to have a good view you must either secure a good spot 18 hours ahead of time and stick to it or pay a lot of money to be on an exclusive private spot including drinks and dinner or on a cruise ship in the harbour. Having done none of both, we ended up in a narrow street between buildings with a limited view on the Harbour Bridge. The place was crowded, the atmosphere was fine, but we saw hardly nothing of the fireworks which were all around the harbour. Anyway, we can say we were there.

 

Happy New Year /bonne année

a better view of the fireworks, taken from the morning newspaper

The “beauties” of the night

January 1

Baba and the aboriginals

Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters

Katoomba

Wollongong

 

The way back to Brisbane / Le retour vers Brisbane

Hunter Valley, vignard

vignoble dans la Hunter vallée

Casino (NSW)

Border Range rainforest (NSW)

Forêt tropicale dans le Border Range, à l’extrême  nord de la Nouvelle Galle du Sud, à quelques kilomètres avant la frontière du Queensland

 

New South Wales – Queensland border / frontière entre Nouvelle Galle du Sud et Queensland

Christmas in Sydney

December 27, 2009

 

Valton-Schäublin family reunion on Xmas Eve: Anna, Gaby, Paul, Shelley, Frederic, Eileen – photo Wanda Michalak

Wanda trying to join

Same + Wanda

Christmas day, at Bondi beach

A touch of Christmas