It was good to arrive in Sydney after the train ride.  Our main plan was to take it easy on arrival, which we did.

We are staying at the Shangri-La hotel which is nestled in a fairly good place close to the main part of the City, but also close to the waters edge.  We took a walk down to the waters edge last night, and watched a giant cruise ship set sail (along with a few hundred of our Aussie friends), and enjoyed views over the Harbour to the bridge and the Opera House (where we shall watch a concert on Friday) 🎻🎸🎺🎷🎤🎧

Traffic is busy in the city, but hey, I don’t have to get to meetings this time right ? 😊😊😊😊.  Weather has been nice – sort of warm, but not too warm (Normal British summer if that makes sense).

Had a very nice day today – went out to Rose Bay to pick up a seaplane flight (a kind departure gift from my friends at AerCap) which took us for lunch at a place called Jonah’s, at Whale Bay.

We took a taxi up there (wasn’t expecting to speak Chinese today to be honest), and a ferry back to the City Centre. The place itself is the site of the original Sydney airport back in the days when everyone used to arrive and depart by flying boat (the restaurant next door to the seaplane terminal was called the Catalina, a sure sign of the historical past of the site).

Ready and waiting for us

Our 29 year old pilot checked us in, boarded us, gave the safety briefing, flew the plane, taxied the plane to the pontoon, tied it up himself, disembarked us, then did the whole thing in reverse.  But he was a decent guy I have to say.

We were met on arrival, transported to the restaurant which was very very nice, and in a fantastic location.

First Officer Betsy Rofe was thrilled as she got to sit up front on the way back.

Outside at Jonah’s looking down on Whale Bay


“this is Betsy your First Officer speaking………..”

A sweep close to the main part of the Harbour on our return. Finally, we enjoyed the ferry ride back after we landed.  There were great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.


A really enjoyable day.  So glad we did it, and thanks to my friends at AerCap.


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