At the end of each month I am going to send out a summary of the highlights of the month. I will tell you about any travel bargains I’ve found and update you on our plans for upcoming trips and activities. Here is the summary for March 2017.

April Fools!

Okay, so April Fools Day is actually in April, but typing this today feels like the joke is on me! I’ve come down with a cold. I’m sitting here surrounded by tissues, warm lemon and honey, and feeling sorry for myself! Next to me is “The List”. This document dutifully contains all the things I have to get done in the next twelve days before we leave Adelaide. It seems to be getting longer rather than shorter, and feeling as bad as I do means not a lot has been ticked off it today!

There were actually some fun April Fools posts today. Did you see the new plane announced by Emirates on Facebook? It was a triple decker with a swimming pool on the bottom deck. Sounded pretty good to me!

But back to March! This month has been one mostly revolving around getting things organised around the house before we head off. I’ve spent a lot of time with family members too, hoping my almost 1-year-old niece and nephew will still remember me when we return. (FaceTime should help with that!)

Early in the month we visited some of the local museums around Port Adelaide to finish off my guide to the area. I hadn’t been to the Maritime Museum since I went there with one of my kids as a chaperone on a school excursion about fifteen years ago. The museum in my memory was okay, but I probably spent more time wrangling six year olds on that visit than really taking it in. I have been pleasantly pleased with all the museums in Port Adelaide. They are well laid out and informative. Entry to them all is quite cheap, so well worth a visit.

Maritime Museum

A replica boat inside the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide

Since I finished work in January I have been volunteering with the Port Adelaide hop on hop off bus that runs from Outer Harbor when the cruise ships dock. The HOHO bus does a continuous loop through Semaphore, Port Adelaide and Outer Harbor throughout the day. The season ended in March, so no more volunteering. This has been the first year, and I really hope it continues on so I can help out again when we get home. I learnt more about my local area in these few days volunteering than in the last twenty years.

In mid-March we attended the Adele concert at Adelaide Oval. Not a true travel event, I know, but this venue is one of the most stunning in the world!  I also got some pretty decent photos of the Torrens Riverbank at night, with all the lights shining. I’m getting better at taking photos with my little Sony RX100 rather than a DSLR. I am so glad I bought this little gem to travel with as it is so much smaller and lighter.

Adele

Adele was simply amazing in concert.

Adele

Beautiful Adelaide Oval, with the full moon and the Cathedral in the. background

Fireworks over Adele

River Torrens

The view over the River Torrens to the Festival Centre as Popeye goes past.

At the end of March we spent four days in Canberra. We had some flights to use up that came with our credit cards,  and Simon had not been to Canberra. The blog post will be up in the next day or two to tell you all about the things we got up to on our visit.

Canberra

Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial

Canberra

The view over Canberra from Mount Ainslie

I have to say thank you to Pete from A Thousand Flights for showing us around some areas of Canberra we would otherwise have not seen. I will always remember finishing off a bottle of wine using take away coffee cups while admiring the view over Canberra. It was the perfect way to end our trip.

March 2017

Wine in coffee cups while admiring the view. Wonderful!

Now Booked

Not a whole lot of booking has happened during March. On thinking about it now, it reminds me I am not fully booked for the time the kids are with us, and I still have to book a flight, two train trips and some accomodation! I had better get onto it. I also have a couple of lots of accommodation that I have to alter. That’s the best thing about booking with Booking.com – I can book a cancellable place when I see something suitable, and then if things change slightly, I can alter my booking with no penalty. This is great when trying to pull together a whole itinerary with lots of variables.

If you are considering booking accommodation, I would be eternally grateful if you use the link above. You won’t pay any extra, but a small proportion of the commission that would normally go to Booking.com instead goes to me

Coming Up

Finally, after years of planning, the time for our gap year is here! For the first month I do have a plan, after that it will be made up was we go along. So here’s where we will be in April.

13-17th     Newcastle (NSW) to visit friends we haven’t seen for a while
17-20th     Singapore
21-25th     Norway
25-28th     The Netherlands
28-30th     France

We have lots of really cool stuff happening along the way. We will be flying first class for the first time – Singapore Suites no less! I will be swimming in the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands. We will be enjoying the stunning Norwegian landscape during the Norway in a Nutshell Tour, and experience Amsterdam on Kings Day. And Paris! Just Paris!

Catching Up

In case you missed them, here are my March blog posts
February 2017 Summary
How to Visit the Melbourne Beach Boxes
Things to do in Port Adelaide
My Favourite Things about Vietnam
My Favourite Things about Singapore

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Head on over to Josie Wanders to find out what I got up to in March.

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