Traveling to Australia – Qantas A380
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney – Spice I Am, Watsons Bay, Manly Beach, Cafe Paci
Sydney – The Opera House Black Star Bakery, The Rocks, Sake
Emirates Wolgan Valley – Part One
Emirates Wolgan Valley – Part Two
Kangaroo Island – Southern Ocean Lodge, Part One
Kangaroo Island – Southern Ocean Lodge, Part Two
This was both me and Mr. Feather’s first time ever in Australia – we both love to travel, but the sheer distance to the country had kept us both away for years. We finally decided to make the trip – about 16 hours in the air, each way. It is a testament to my true love for my husband that I agreed to do a SFO-LAX-SYD connection instead of a simple SFO-SYD direct (I have a near absolute rule to always fly the shortest route, and non-stop whenever possible). However, Mr. Feather loves planes and really wanted to fly the Qantas A380, which only flies out of LAX. So in the early evening, we made our way over to LAX!
I hadn’t been in LAX for years but was impressed by the new improvements and shopping area. Both oneworld and Star Alliance have new lounges there as well – we were in oneworld’s business lounge which I’d rate as fair. Qantas will apparently open a dedicated lounge later in 2015.
We didn’t have too much time in the lounge anyway, as it was soon time to board the plane! I’ve only flown the A380 a few times before and always forget just how huge the planes are.
A first look at the seats where we’d be spending the next 16 hours of our lives. A nice amount of space in each “suite”,and the large seat essentially would twist to the left when you started to recline, in order to fully extend.