Thursday, June 23, 2022

Sydney 1 and an incident

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate airports? I detest the experience. I'll start at the beginning.

R booked the holiday using Wotif. It was incredibly cheap, working out to a $70 plane flight to Sydney with Virgin and a very cheap stay at our favourite hotel, the Oaks Hyde Park Apartments. But using Wotif gives you little individual power or credit with accommodation. I'll get back to that. 

How to get to the airport? Taxi one way $70. From one and only Uber experience, over $100. Airport bus, maybe $55 for two. Airport train...oh, we don't have one. You need to allow more time to get the bus from the parking but the renamed from Long Term Parking to Value Parking at the airport was looking good at $73 for a week if booked in advance online, and that's what we did.

Terminal numbers are confusing. R said we should go inside out of the cold and find our way from there. I wanted to walk along outside to see the correct entrance.

R was wrong. We went through one security screening after asking a bloke on duty if we were at the right place for a Virgin flight and he said yes, but then you need to walk right. There was an incident when going through security with my toe nail clippers, but only after explaining what it was that showed up on the xray screening. The arsehole bloke on duty should have told us to use another entrance as using this security screening meant we would have to go through another security screening, and we did.

The second security process was not so forgiving and confiscated my very expensive toe nail clippers that were no more dangerous than a teaspoon. I was furious and I mentioned to the security person how expensive they were and he checked with his superior but the decision was no and my clippers were dumped into the confiscated bin. 

The flight was uneventful and afterwards R said that was a really nice flight. Maybe for him, but not for me at the airport. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate airports? 

R likes an aisle seat as he is tall and can stretch his legs out a bit in the aisle. That means I sit in the middle and can't really see out the window, but even so I managed to snap snow covered mountains.



We caught the very expensive train from the airport to Museum Station and walked up the hill to our hotel. We went out to buy some groceries and liquour and later had a drink at the Colombian and then went on to the very gay Kiselas for another drink and a nice pub food dinner, that came from the Courthouse Hotel pub next door.

In Sydney a VIP Lounge is code for a pokie gambling machine venue. These are to attract Asian gamblers. Ho hum. 


I'll throw in some more photos to fill out this post. Oh yes, Oxford Street is very gay. 


Art class underway. I passed a couple on the street who had left the studio and told him his art was wonderful. He thanked me. I didn't really see what he painted. 


Had we have booked this room directly, I would have complained big time about the filthy windows. 
I will still give it a harsh review on Trip Advisor.




Aside from the dirty windows, the one bedroom studio apartment was ok and had a wonderful shower.


With a wet cloth I wiped a space on a the outside of a window to take photos.


Why is it so hard in Australia to get twin beds? R put it in as a request when booking. As we were driving to the airport the hotel called to confirm that we want a king bed. In the reply that we wanted twin beds, the hotel person replied, the best we can do is a separate trundle bed. I left R to do the check in and I could hear his voice rising. We got a twin beds in a one bedroom apartment with a kitchen area. we didn't use aside from washing cups and glasses. . 


But our original booking has us with a balcony. I like a balcony.


Looking down on Hyde Park and the city.



The Connaught apartment building. Goodness knows what you would pay to live there.





War memorial building. nicely lit at night. Big day tomorrow. 

33 comments:

  1. A big sigh at the confiscation. And the dirty windows and the difficulties on twin beds. The views were lovely though.

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    1. EC, it was not perfect but we will stay there again, but book directly and be demanding about what we want.

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  2. I have stopped using apps like Expedia to book hotels, I just look at the reviews to choose. We always ended up with the crap room. I'll pay the extra and book direct.
    A friend had her tweezers confiscated and she said "what am I going to do, pluck someone to death?". John had the same with a nail scissors. So stupid.
    Funny we can easily get rooms with two queen beds here.

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    1. Jackie, it always worth checking sites like Expedia and getting a price, and then quote it to accommodation when booking. But maybe even doing that ensures you are treated less well. I think generally now hotels give you a price close to the best to what you would get elsewhere. Lol at pluck someone to death.

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  3. No more airports and plane trips for me, partly on health grounds but also because of the chaos you described. So car trips, trains, ships or .. staying home.
    By the way, your balcony views are wonderful.
    Be safe and well,
    Hels

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    1. Hels, there is no real reason why airports have to be so awful. Why can computer tablets stay in a backpack in Melbourne but not in Sydney? I just hate it and given R's age, my fingers are crossed to not travel internationally again.

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  4. I would love to read about a crazed gay man going on a stabbing frenzy with a pair of expensive nail clippers. I need to sit in the window seat. Himself, like R, has long legs and chooses the aisle. Often that means we have an empty seat between us if the flight isn't busy. Sorry. That should all be in the past tense. It's been years. Sydney looks lovely in spite of the dirty windows.

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    1. Caro, that is something to consider. But at times I need R's help with taking coffee from a tray etc because of my hand tremors.
      Sydney is just brilliant and is getting better and better.

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  5. Sound stressful. But I'm glad your back home safe.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. A little Dora, but not as much as your upcoming flying.

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  6. You couldn't pay me to get on a flight now. I find the whole experience a nightmare from beginning to end. I am so done with it all. Others can visit me now. thanks for swipe at the filthy window to show us the view and I had my gorgeous knitting scissors, a tiny thing for clipping threads, silver, embossed, confiscated. I still rage over it.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, holidays are supposed to pleasant, but they are not when there is air travel involved. You just dread what is going to happen. Clearly you look like a terrorist sympathiser and your tiny scissors could have broken someone's skin if you stabbed them.

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  7. We recently stayed in an Ibis Hotel; part of a huge European chain. I didn't have much to complain about other than everything was tiny. These days I'm used to living in small houses, but that room was built for pixies!

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    1. Cro, we have Ibis here, but I don't know what it is like. It is unlikely that tiny rooms would be acceptable here.

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  8. Wow, those nail clippers must be deadly! Relatives and one time friends are for airport drop offs. What do I know, I never fly. But I saw that on TV. Seinfeld in fact. Those windows are seriously dirty. Yuck.

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    1. Strayer, my nail clippers could cause you pain if I tried to stab you with them. You might need an adhesive strip to stop bleeding. Airport drop offs and pick ups are good, but with only one friend who we would ask, not possible. There was a notice at the hotel about new suspension points on the hotel roof being installed. I suspect the old points were declared unsafe and new ones are being installed but it has taken some time and in the interim without them, windows have not been cleaned.

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    2. That would make sense then.

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  9. Years ago I was offered the choice of putting my carry on bag in the hold or losing my (forgotten they were there) needlework scissors. I reckoned I could manage Perth to Melbourne without them so the bag went underneath
    And also years ago when all these rules & refs came into effect my son in law was given the suggestion by the scanning official…..If you really value it, pop over to the post office and mail home (or elsewhere)…..or lose it to the bin.
    Those were the days when Tullamarine had a post office

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    1. That was a real runaround you had that morning wasn’t it. Glad it was you and not me…. I doubt The Golfer and I would have survived the journey up never mind the whole time away

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    2. Cathy, that would have been good advice until our postal service became so unreliable. Tulla had a post office? I didn't know.

      I don't get what you about the time away when you are about to embark on a much longer time away.

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  10. Filthy windows and no balcony? At least the shower looks roomy enough. Why did you not just clip your toenails before leaving then leave the very expensive clippers at home. Surely you don't need to clip them every day?
    All airports should have trains running to and from them.

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    1. I'm finding it hard to clip my toenails River. As I have mentioned, I am looking for a place for a pedicure. I was too lazy to cut my toenails and thought I would have plenty of time in Sydney to do so.

      I can't see a need for an expensive train to your airport. The bus from the city we used is very good.

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    2. The bus gets way too crowded and anyone going to or from the airport often has multiple large wheeled suitcases as well as carry-ons. Too many times on my way home from Ikea there has been standing room only.

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  11. Shame about the windows not being clean, you can tell if they have been recently cleaned - you had a nice view though it seems. Shame about the clippers, we get our favourites then they are taken away.

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    1. Margaret, it isn't the first time I have had something confiscated at an airport. I just won't fly again, aside from our August holiday.

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  12. I bet that one of those security fellows rooted around in the confiscations bin to find your expensive toe clippers - then he will have given them to his "partner" as a birthday gift. Once flying was exciting but now the rigmarole at airports is annoying and the planes are like cattle trucks.

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    1. YP, I do wonder about that but I think staff are heavily monitored now too. I agree. There was excitement to flying. Now it is a cattle truck horrid experience.

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  13. I book to aisle seats, across from one another if I can. I always check a bag, I know I have things in there that would not clear security.

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    1. TP, I guess you mean two aisle seats. Maybe we should do that. Do tell what is in your checked luggage that would not clear security? How big is it?

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  14. Oh, that's a bummer about the clippers. So ridiculous. Why can't they use some common sense about what's really a threat?

    Those windows ARE filthy. Good Lord.

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    1. Steve, even hard and fast rules applied would help.

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  15. My husband said he doesn't expect to ever take a flight again. Meanwhile, I can almost see my older self getting a private pilot's license. Who knows? It's a fun thought.

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    1. I felt a bit uncomfortable Darla. People were quite lax with their mask wearing. I am doubtful we will fly internationally again.

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