There has been about a three week gap since my last post, caused entirely by being out of the country on an extended trip to Australia to visit family and further explore that island continent. If you are so inclined, you may read the entire saga of my 2009 journey to Oz at this link – Australia 2009.
After a few days with Matt and his family in Sydney, I took the train 2.5 hours north to the seaside community of Newcastle, rumored to be the 6th largest city in Australia. Once there, I found a delightful habitation nestled against the Pacific Ocean on one side and an ocean estuary on the other with beautiful beaches everywhere.
I spent about 3 hours traipsing about, taking photos and absorbing the local atmosphere. The high point of my day was a delightful grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and avocado, eaten whilst overlooking the water. Umm….umm. Delicious!
I rather enjoyed my visit to Newcastle. The rain that pelted the train on the way up gave way to a gorgeous day of blue skies dotted with cottony clouds. I got quite a bit of sun just walking around – a reminder that Australia is a bit nearer the Equator than we New Englanders are accustomed to. Sunscreen is not an option.
Whether Newcastle is a large town or a small city makes little difference. It is a comfortable and inviting place to be that features extensive green space, exquisite architecture and a rolling terrain reminiscent of San Francisco. And it has Old Nobby keeping vigil over the surroundings night and day. Not every place can make that claim!
For more photos of Newcastle, please follow this link.