We have done well. R's sister and brother in law to be are getting married in Sydney. They have managed to buy appropriate clothing, jewellery etc. We did the rest.
The location is the Botanic Gardens with the bridge and opera house in the background.
The clelebrant we found has been very helpful. She can arrange everything, for 'my personal booking fee is $40 per item'. The bans have been published and all documentation is in order.
We are travelling on the upmarket airline Jetstar. I got the airfares for $79 each. Good, but Virgin have just released some tickets for $69. I knew this might happen but it would be taking a big chance waiting to save ten dollars. Fortunately we know the Jetstar manager at Avalon and we asked him to upgrade us to business class and he promised he would. Somewhere in the back of my mind I know there is no business class on Jetstar.
We are staying at the Holiday Inn in the salubrious suburb of Potts Point. Actually it is just behind The Crown in Kings Cross where we have stayed before. Potts Point in name, but The Cross in location. It is $140 a night and now we are closer time I checked the price again for the time we are staying there and it has gone up, so I did well there.
A day coach trip to the Blue Mountains x 4 pax was over $400 so instead we have hired a Caprice or Fairlane for the day at less than a quarter of this and I can drive through the newish Cross City Tunnel under Sydney. Oddly after checking Avis, Hertz and Thrifty, for all models, Hertz is the cheapest and Thrifty the dearest. The depots are just a short walk from our hotel.
I am really looking forward to a few days in Sydney in the new year. But as we 'Mexicans' say 'great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there'.
Unrelated, after our family c mas get together tomorrow, I will go to work and miss the low key get together at our oldest friends' place in Box Hill South. Such is shift work. I drew the short straw this year.
Best christmas, chanukah and holiday wishes to all.