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Craig and Jeane Depart for Australia and Bali

Craig and Jeane Depart for Australia and Bali

Sep 17th, 2014, 01:21 PM
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Finishing up two wonderful nights at a B&B in Katoomba (Blue Mountains) and flying to Bali tonight...
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Sep 17th, 2014, 02:54 PM
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Safe travels, Craig. Cannot wait to hear about your Australian adventure.
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Sep 17th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Awaiting your arrival
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Sep 18th, 2014, 01:57 AM
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Be interested what you thought re the Blue Mountains, we stayed 2 nights in Katoomba too (think the hotel we stayed at was called Lillianfels! sp?)
Safe flight to Bali.
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Sep 19th, 2014, 03:23 PM
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Nicky, we enjoyed the Blue Mountains and had dinner one night in the beautiful lounge at Lilianfels. Our B&B, Windradyne was very comfortable and fabulously situated.

We had a wonderful first full day with the Kimballs and the Gomes' (and our driver, Putu) - lots of laughs, productive shopping for the ladies, good food and good times...
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Sep 22nd, 2014, 11:28 PM
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Well I've been quite lazy and have enjoyed letting Bob post about our activities on his thread. Our 5-night stay at Alam Shanti was fabulous, and at $135/nt for our HUGE, well-appointed room, an amazing bargain. So sad to leave.

We had a relaxing 1-hour couples massage this morning and now await our flight to Taipei (and onward) in the temporary, but adequate lounge at the airport.

Highlights of our Bali stay included our dinners out every night with the Kimball's and the Gomes' - especially the Italian restaurant Dolce Arancia, our 2 days shopping and sightseeing with Putu, our early morning rice fields walk and lastly, white-water rafting with Karen, where we have never heard her laugh so much. It all went by just way too fast...
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Sep 23rd, 2014, 04:12 AM
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So happy to hear that you've all had such a good time. Safe travels back, Craig.
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Sep 23rd, 2014, 05:42 AM
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Where is the trip report?
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Sep 23rd, 2014, 05:53 AM
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I'm glad you've all had such a wonderful time!
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Sep 23rd, 2014, 07:27 PM
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Back on US soil (SEA). EVA was okay - roomy biz class cabin, but seats were angled lie flat...
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Sep 23rd, 2014, 07:28 PM
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Our transfer through Customs here at SEA was the fastest I've ever experienced...
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Sep 24th, 2014, 04:25 AM
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Do you have global entry, Craig? I highly recommend it.

So glad you made it back to US. Where to next?
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Sep 24th, 2014, 06:40 AM
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Welcome home!
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Sep 24th, 2014, 11:34 AM
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Carol, we head to Panama in February.

We do not have Global Entry and I really don't see a need for it. Customs has been exceptionally quick on our last two trips. We used the kiosks that match your passport photo to a photo you take yourself (at the kiosk). You are then issued a receipt which you hand over to the officials as you are exiting the Customs area after you retrieve your bags. We didn't even need to turn in a customs form.
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Sep 24th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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That's great that your airport has the new kiosks. I know OHare has them, and yes it speeds things along. Newark also has them When my friend and I returned from Italy I used my global entry and she used the kiosk. We both came out at about the same time!!

Are you cruising through the canal?
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Sep 24th, 2014, 03:35 PM
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Our points of entry were Seattle and Miami...

Not a cruise - visiting Panama City and Boquete. May kayak in the canal though. All of the cruises leave and go elsewhere for 10-15 days.
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Sep 24th, 2014, 09:33 PM
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Glad to hear you had a fun/safe trip.

>>EVA was okay <<

Was it a 747?
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Sep 25th, 2014, 01:48 AM
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TPE - SEA was a 747 with business class in the nose of the aircraft. I neglected to mention that I enjoyed the single malt scotches that were available in the lounge and on the flights. Food was good as well. Flight attendants were almost too attentive at times. I slept some on each of the EVA flights.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 07:47 AM
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That's a shame, Craig. EVA's new (lie-flat) biz class (on the 777) is astonishing.

Guessing you had these seats:
http://tinyurl.com/mrd3lx4

instead of these:
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Ey4WCIRM0P0/hqdefault.jpg
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Sep 28th, 2014, 06:08 AM
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I just posted our trip report here:
http://www.fodors.com/community/aust...ember-2014.cfm
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