Sydney Opera House

Gorgeous Photos of Sydney Australia as I Chase the Sun

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For a month, my travels had been plagued with rain in both Dublin and London and while not quite surprising in either city, I was looking forward to my Australia trip – my suitcase was packed with sunscreen, flip flops and summer clothes (my sneakers were thrown in last minute for the Bridge Climb as […]

Westin Sydney King Room

The Westin Sydney Review – A Luxury SPG Award Stay in Australia

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On my first visit to The Westin Sydney many years ago, I got stuck in the elevator.  No, there wasn’t an electrical or mechanical problem, it was a dumb “only Sue” reason – I couldn’t get my keycard to work in the slot to press my floor.  I tried a few times as the door […]

Street Art Melbourne

Melbourne Meatball Memories on Flinders Lane

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Having just completed my four day journey from Philadelphia to Melbourne with an overnight flight from Singapore, I was hungry.  With an early check-in to the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins,  I was eager to forage for food after reading so many fantastic articles about the Melbourne restaurant/food scene. But I had a problem.  I was hungry, […]

The Henry Jones Art Hotel art collection

Sleeping in an Art Gallery at The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Tasmania

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The art was overwhelming, it was everywhere and I was wandering the hallways happily taking photos of everything. While this would be appropriate in an art museum, I was a guest at the hotel, specifically The Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. Tasmania is an Australian island a short flight from Melbourne and Sydney […]

Melbourne Street Art

The Melbourne Street Art Tour

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Melbourne, Australia is internationally known for it’s street art, something I didn’t realize until I was researching the city prior to my RTW trip.  I grew up with the destructive graffiti of tagging that littered the streets of Philadelphia in the 70’s and 80’s and that still exists today so I wasn’t sure what to […]

Shoreditch Street Art London

Let’s Play with #FriFotos – Travel Fun Around the World

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This week’s theme as the summer comes to a close is Play.  As an adult, I rarely get to play and have fun without a care in the world unless I am traveling.  When traveling, the rules seem to fall away (or at least give me an excuse to ignore them). Much of my fun […]

Sydney Opera House in clouds and rain

Raining on my Birthday Parade in Sydney

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The rain used to follow me on vacation, it became a running joke with friends and family that a gloomy cloud resided over my head and went with me on vacation.  At some point, the cloud went away for a few years but then on my third visit to Sydney over my birthday weekend, the […]

Matox art in Paris

The Joy of Discovering Street Art in Cities Around the World for FriFotos

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  Growing up in Philadelphia, I was exposed to graffiti and thought that it was destructive and ugly.  I didn’t know the nuances of the tags – the street names, the gangs, etc.   I just knew that it was, for the most part, black spray paint as either puffy letters or scribble affected most […]

The final leg of the award ticket journey to Australia – Singapore to Melbourne

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My award ticket to Australia was definitely not for the faint of heart – it consisted of four flights, three airlines, thirty hours flying time and two hotels.  I left on Tuesday night and arrived in Melbourne on Saturday (you miss a day over the international date line).  The upside was it was an award […]

Sofitel Melbourne Atrium Bar on 35

A luxury stay at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

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Arriving in Melbourne after my epic journey Philadelphia – Chicago – Seoul – Singapore, I just wanted to get to the hotel, it was my finish line and would signal that my vacation had begun.  The Melbourne airport has a shuttle bus for $16 AUS that would take me to the train station where I […]