|The downtown area of Darwin with office buildings, restaurants and shopping.|
|Art sales and auctions attract a number of passengers during cruises. Happily, Tom always says, "We don't have any walls!"|
As a result, we stayed on the ship today along with about 25% of the other passengers who may have been to Darwin in the past and saw no reason to venture out on such a hot and humid day. (Its almost summer here in Darwin and the hot season begins early).
Here's link #1 our visit to Darwin
Here's link #2 our visit to Darwin
|The port arrival building in Darwin.|
Listen to me...complaining about having too much fun! Each morning when we're tired from staying up late I think, "Maybe tonight we'll lay low, go to bed early, avoid the two glasses of wine."
Invariably, after we've showered and dressed for the evening, we wander off to the Diamond Club Lounge at 5 pm. In a matter of minutes we find ourselves engaged in interesting conversations with little motivation to end the evening early.
|The ship is being fueled while at the port of Darwin.|
These past several evenings, we've sat with them in the happy hour Diamond Lounge and last night we joined them and another couple for dinner in the Cascade dining room after the happy hour. What a delightful evening!
When they all decided to "call it a night" after dinner, Tom and I weren't done and the evening continued for us for a few more hours. We don't seem to have trouble extending our evening well into the night; a little dancing, lots of laughing and leisurely strolls on the deck.
|Some adventurous passengers decided to walk to downtown in the heat, returning to the ship exhausted and weary.|
Now I've mastered the ability to stay up later and enjoy a few glasses of wine. Now I need to master the ability to acquire a good night's sleep after all of our fun to prepare me a similar repeat the following night.
Perhaps, today, after the movie at 1 pm, a nap will be in order. Never able to nap in the past, doesn't mean I can't learn to do it now. You can "teach an old dog new tricks!"
|Most of Australia's 23 million citizens live close to the ocean since the barren interior, the Outback, is relatively uninhabitable.|
Photo from one year ago today, November 8, 2015:
|One year ago, a Paul Gauguin cruise ship sailed by our view in Fiji. For more photos, please click here.|