Around the world trip 2005

This was our first Round the World (RTW) adventure.  Because our RTW air ticket was to be issued in Istanbul (since it was much cheaper there than elsewhere) we started by flying to New York, then taking the Queen Mary across the Atlantic to Southampton.  From there we visited friends in Edinburgh before flying to Istanbul via Prague.

From Istanbul we traveled home to Seattle (via Vancouver) and then traveled around North America on our allotted North American flights.  We visited New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before flying to Honolulu for a few days on the beach.  We then flew to Sydney, then drove through central New South Wales before flying to Uluru (Ayer's Rock) in the Australian Outback, and then to Cairns on the Queensland coast.

We returned to Sydney for a few days, then flew to Johannesburg, South Africa (over-flying the edge of Antarctica in the process.)

We visited Chobe National Park in Botswana, followed by Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe.  We returned to Johannesburg and drove to the Balule Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in the northern part of South Africa, where we spent several days.  Returning to Johannesburg, we then flew to Cape Town and the Western Cape for a few days before flying to London, where we "suspended" our RTW for several months, in order to return home to resume working.

Just before the end of the year we returned to London and completed the balance of our RTW by visiting family in Israel, followed by a return to Istanbul (one must end RTW ticketed trips where they began.)  We then flew California for New Years 2006 with family members.  

I commemorated the "turnaround" concluding trip to Istanbul (from London) in a short trip report on Flyertalk.

In the course of the year we traveled almost 80,000 miles.  Here's a map showing our route.


Leaving Seattle for a trip around the world

Welcome aboard - Queen Mary

Departing down the Hudson at sunset...

...and past Lady Liberty.

After a squall - North Atlantic

Welcome to Istanbul

Egyptian (spice) bazaar, Istanbul

Sightseers, Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque


Greenland from LHR-YVR

View from our room, Royal Hawaiian (aka Pink Palace) Honolulu

Waikiki Beach from Pink Palace

Royal Hawaiian (Pink Palace) garden

Door to the Pacific, Pink Palace

Iconic Sydney

No, we didn't climb the bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge from Botanic Gardens

Luna Park under the bridge

Harry's pies

Napping local

From the Circular Quay

Approaching Uluru

Approaching Uluru 2

The Red Centre

Uluru at sunset...

...and at sunrise.

From the roadside.

Fill up or die...

And now for something different - Queensland rain forest sky buckets.

Fern trees, Queensland

All the rules, Palm Cove.

The beach at Palm Cove.

Palm Cove beach 2

Blue Mountains west of Sydney

Local residents, Blue Mountains

Inlet, northern NSW coast.

Luna Park, Sydney

Luna Park 2

Luna Park 3

Luna Park 4

Japanese visitors, Bondi Beach, Sydney

One stop service.

Departing Sydney to Johannesburg

The edge of Australia (southern Victoria coast near Melbourne)

A somewhat southerly route SYD-JNB

Outside the window - Antarctic sea ice


Crossing the Zambezi 1

Crossing the Zambezi 2

Chobe Safari Lodge - our "rondavel."

Our first African sunset.

Sable antelope, Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Sable antelope running from ?

Lilac Breasted Roller - national bird of Botswana

Elephants, Chobe National Park

More elephants

Crocodile, Chobe River bank

Hippo display

Elephant mud bath - for cooling


Sunset on the Chobe River

Victoria Falls 1

Victoria Falls 2

Victoria Falls 3

Baobab tree, Zimbabwe

Baboons on hotel lawn, Victoria Falls

Hiding in the shrubbery, Ezulwini Lodge, Balule Game Reserve, South Africa

Zebra and giraffe, Ezulwini

Giraffes, Ezulwini

Mating lions, Ezulwini

Mozambique Spitting Cobra killed next to our lodge room

Muddy buffalo

Impala, Ezulwini

Ground hornbill, Kruger National Park

Hitchhiker, Kruger Park

Road hazard sign, near Kruger Park

Table Mountain gondola, Cape Town

View from Table Mountain, Cape Town

Lion's Head, Cape Town

Penguins at Boulders Beach, Simons Town

Khayelitsha township, Cape Town

Khayelitsha 2

Nelson Mandela's cell, Robben Island Prison

Ex-prisoner, Robben Island

Western Cape scenery near Hermanus

Winery estate, near Stellenbosch

Colonial dolls display, Hermanus

Bo-Kapp district, Cape Town

Bo-Kapp 2

Limerick, Ireland - on the way home

Irish windmills

Farewell to the Celtic Fringe


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