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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:34 pm 

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Jeff Thorpe © 09 June 2017

We’ve done a bit of travelling to places here and there,
all over the land of Oz plus countries round the world
yet, recently we’ve journeyed on the Princess and the Hare
and a quirky mode of travel has before us come unfurled.

The escapade commenced in Brisbane at the Port
with the sleek Sun Princess straining at the lines,
to sail away to Sydney on a voyage relaxed and short,
our satisfaction meter logging booming signs.

This continued on in Sydney at the elegant Grace Hotel,
a place of old world charm personified,
perfectly located too, another tick as well
only a harshest critic would be dissatisfied.

And after dark Sydney’s Vivid Festival of Light
a kaleidoscope before our very eyes,
patterns ever changing on buildings through the night,
the opera house especially resonant in disguise.

Our second Sydney night saw dining way up high
on floor forty-seven at Australia Square,
revolving restaurant acting as our eye in the sky,
Vivid the more vibrant from the crow’s nest there.

But, there was more to come, next morn at Central Station
when we were introduced to the Tin Hare,
a nineteen twenties rail motor long past its probation,
restored to all its glory by passionate loving care.

So began our captivating journey on the Hare
destination Brisbane near one thousand K away,
a rock and roll experience, though one entirely rare,
the “difference” why we joined in this soiree.

Overnighting at Grafton, then underway again,
across the Queensland border, a feat somewhat historic,
first time three Hare carriages had entered this domain
with we as passengers feeling quite euphoric.

A tour to long remember for diversity and delight,
we’re pleased we signed on to this sail and rail affair,
six days of enjoyment, the travel bug for to ignite,
one could do worse than the Princess and the Hare.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:06 pm 
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How fabulous Jeff - I had no idea this old girl was doing a Sydney to Brisbane run, sounds like great fun and certainly a different experience - a real step back in time.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:11 pm 
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Wow, Jeff - what a trip!

Like Maureen, I hadn't heard anything about it - lucky you for being part of such a historic journey.


Shelley Hansen
Lady of Lines

"Look fer yer profits in the 'earts o' friends,
fer 'atin' never paid no dividends."
(CJ Dennis "The Mooch o' Life")

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:40 pm 

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Hi Maureen & Shelley

Yes, it was a wonderful trip. As I mentioned in the poem, such diversity with the cruise, the two days in Sydney with Vivid on and then the Tin Hare - up there with our best tours.

Cheers, Jeff

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