Sunset and sunrise on Uluru (Ayers Rock). The bus pulls in, set up a table with wine and snacks (or coffee) provides a folding stool, and you can watch the moment-by-moment color changes of the rock.
Ride on the Ghan train from Adelaide to Alice Springs. This is definitely a railroad adventure. The entire ride takes two-and-a-half days from the bottom to the top of Australia. We did 24 hours, stopping at Alice Springs. The train is quite luxurious, with comfortable compartments and delicious meals, beautifully served. The scenery was a thrill to me, and we met fascinating people, all Australian. Visiting this part of their country was an adventure for them too.
Amazing plants, animals and rock formations in the outback.
A wonderful performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House. This is the view from one of the lobbies.
My husband's worsening cough, which finally required an unscheduled visit to the clinic on the cattle station where we were staying. We walked in with no money or ID, received excellent, immediate, and free care, and two prescription medications. He had to take it easy for the rest of the trip, resisting every inch of the way.
After a wonderful flight from Australia on Quantas, we had a cancelled flight from LA to Chicago that meant we were rerouted through Dallas, left there two hours late, and then of course had a major luggage mix-up in Chicago. Arrival: six hours late. That's probably par for the course these days.
It's good to be home! Now if I could sleep more than an hour at a time...