Top Ten Destinations of 2015

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And so, 2015 hath come to a sudden if not abrupt end.  This year just flew by, did it not?  And in the time it did came another year of exciting adventures to many wonderful places; some near and some …

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Leichhardt Oval: A Bunny in the Tiger’s Den

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A 15 minute ride aboard the Sydney light rail took me from my hotel near Pyrmont Bay in Darling Harbour to the Sydney suburb of Leichhardt North.  I wandered for a few minutes around the charming neighborhood looking for the …

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My Day With Dangar Dave (Part III): Island Neighborhood

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After being invited into the red and green warren that was Dangar Dave’s home, it was time to see more of this bucolic slice of paradise in New South Wales.  David, his lovely wife Rowena, and their cat, Lucy, were …

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My Day with Dangar Dave (Part II): A Rabbitohs Warren in the River

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Our tinnie coasted up the Hawkesbury River towards the pier at Dangar Island.  The last time I saw this part of the Hawkesbury River was back in 2013 when I rode the ferry around the river.  Suffice it to say, …

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My Day with Dangar Dave (Part I): Ahoy, Dangar Dave!

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If there are two things that I always make time for whenever I am in Sydney, one is the Hawkesbury River and the other are the South Sydney Rabbitohs.  Of course, the former exists up north between Manly and Newcastle …

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South Sydney Rabbitohs: Big Bunnies have Bigger Hearts

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My eyes light up with the same amount of wonder that a child could only muster on Christmas morning.  Or Easter or their birthday.  My knees go weak.  I practically levitate down the stairs from the top of the bay …

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Back in Sydney: Home Sweet Home Away from Home

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As I walk uphill from Darling Harbour on Druitt Street towards Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building, I take in every little bit of my familiar surroundings.  The cool, morning wind blows in from Hyde Park towards Cockle Bay …

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Sydney Opera House: A Night With Basil Fawlty and Renee Fleming

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Six and a half years ago when I made my first visit to the Australian icon known as the Sydney Opera House, I was impressed, to say the least.  In fact, that is an understatement as I was awe struck …

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Harry’s Cafe de Wheels: The Pride of Woolloomooloo!

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New York City has Nathan’s Famous Frankfurter’s.  Chicago has Pizzeria Uno.  Los Angeles has Pink’s Hot Dogs.  Philadelphia has Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks.  And in the iconic city of Sydney, Australia, the most famous food stand/restaurant is Harry’s Cafe de …

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Walkabout in Wondabyne (Part I): Wrong Way in Woy Woy

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Back in 2005, the movie Oyster Farmer introduced me to the idyllic and beautiful Hawkesbury River region; a place that very few American tourists to the land down under had ever seen, let alone have ever heard about.  During the …

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