Monday, April 22, 2013

Norfolk Island Day 2

It's hard for me to believe that a month ago I was squealing with excitement waiting for Friday to come so we could get on a plane to Norfolk Island. But it's the truth, yo.

Before I bore you with my vacation photos, let me share with you the few bullet points I jotted down regarding day two.
  • Orientation tour - good orientation of the Bounty Mutiny. Drove through the ruins. Got to see the best spot for photos.
  • Farmer's Market in the morning
  • Nap
  • Cooked dinner from local ingredients.
Could I be more helpful?

Let's talk about the Orientation Tour. The Tour was run by Pine Tree Tours (who are not sponsoring this post, by the way) and was included in the cost of the hotel. It took the whole afternoon and including afternoon tea. Not surprisingly, we were the youngest people on the tour by two decades, at least! 

The tour guide talked a lot about the island, the politics of being an external territory, and the history of how it was settled.

But I mostly have three main memories of the tour.

1. One of the first stops was a look out point from one of the roads where you could see the whole convict settlement. It was outrageously gorgeous.





This the beach where we went swimming and snorkelling.


2. The second memory was when I had tried to take a selfie of Inspector Climate and I, and failed. Badly. So, Inspector Climate urged me to ask someone else to take a photo of us instead.


So I asked some guy and well, he took his job VERY seriously. VERY SERIOUSLY. He first snapped this picture (below), but as I reached to take the camera from him, he was like "ok and now for some silly shots."

Now, if you know me (and I think we both know that you do), I love me some silly. However, I don't like to be TOLD when to be silly. To quote my brother. I'm not a freaking show.



So I tried to just ignore him and smile (notice Inspector Climate has no issues on being silly on command). But it became increasing clear he was not going to let up until silliness happened.



After driving around the island some more we stopped for tea and scones at an old farm house/plantation. One of the weirdnesses about our hotel was that they supplied enough toilet paper to last you for the first day or so, but after that you have to buy your own.

3. So my third most vivid memory is seeing a bunch of rolls of toilet paper in the farmhouse bath room and stealing one. Yeah. Who's a goody two (too?) shoes now? Huh? Huh?


And this picture is just for our own enjoyment. It was also not prompted by the "be silly" nazi, but is just Inspector Climate being Inspector Climate.


35 comments:

  1. I loved the story of the serious photographer and his commands to be silly. Usually, it's the other way round with me and the Failboats; we generally have to warn people we're about to be silly so they don't get a shock.

    Norfolk Island continues to look gorgeous. Such an amazing adventure!

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  2. you're definitely NOT boring me out with your pics, looove seeing them ! Ah man it looks soo amazing !! love all the beautiful colors in the pictures !! :)

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  3. Silly shots always seem to be my favorite--but I don't recall ever commanding strangers to be silly. That's awesome! :)

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  4. So pretty. So jealous. And my notes are always similarly helpful. Half the time I have literally no idea what I was talking about when I look back on them later!

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  5. Love your travels. What a beautiful place!

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  6. Such beautiful photographs!! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  7. Well he was certainly a good photographer, I'll give him that.

    Great shots of the place, it looks heavenly.

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  8. I wish I could climb into these pictures and away from the snow here.

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  9. Outrageously gorgeous is exactly what those views are!

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  10. LOVE these photos! When Gilbert and I were visitin the Dry Tortugas we also came across a very serious picture taker. After he took one and we look at it we said thank you.... his response was "are you sure you don't want another one?"

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  11. That looks so fun! I'm such a nerd, I love guided tours so much. :-)

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  12. The sky and water... I am speechless. Just gorgeous!

    It sounds like you had a great time!

    XO Lourdes

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  13. omg these photos are incredible!! sounds like you had a great time (i know i would have!)

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  14. Beautiful photos! Can't get over how blue the sky and the sea is.

    Also, I laughed when I read about the toilet paper situation. I did the exact same thing in Italy when the accomodation I was staying in ran out of toilet paper.

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  15. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I always love when I see a new reader and I'm introduced to another wonderful blog. Loving the photos in your post too! :)
    Would love if you'd like to follow each other? Let me know when you do so I can follow you back. Looking forward to it!
    Maria

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  16. Omg this is amazing! And your photos are beautiful!

    xoxo

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  17. Oh...the scenery is amazing!!! Thanks for popping on by! And I too would do the same thing...toilet paper is a must! Sounds like a fantastic trip!

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  18. Looks like a very nice place. So funny about the photographer wanting you to get silly for some shots!

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  19. Hi Deidre, thanks for popping in earlier. I read your profile and noted that you're an American living here. My daughter in law lives with us and she's from North Carolina, though she's lived in other states too. Toilet paper is a biggie..I've just lugged 24 rolls into the house..I did buy it though..hehe!

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  20. You guys look so relaxed, so I assume it was a successful holiday!

    Love the 'silly' photographer. I have problems *stopping* my fiance from being silly in photos - he almost always looks like a goon (on purpose).

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  21. I cannot be silly on command either. Max has no problems taking funny pictures, but I'd rather be behind the lens than in front of it!

    And speaking of photos...I loved these ones. The colours really pop, and I'm seriously thinking of making one of them my desktop background :)

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  22. LOOK AT THE SKY!! It's so blue. Great photos :-) I'm glad you had a great time, it looks like a really laid back beautiful place.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Love the silly photos. It's so beautiful there.

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  24. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images, what a picturesque place, its postcard perfect!

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  25. Ok, your photos are totally gorgeous - I can't get over the colour of that sky! - but your words are great and you crack me up. The silliness nazi would've annoyed me just as much. But the toilet paper situation in the hotel, that's just weird. It reminds me of a hotel I stayed in on a greek island where you weren't allowed to put toilet paper in the toilet, because the plumbing and pipes were so ancient they would block, so you had to put in in a bin NEXT TO the toilet. I spent the whole holiday worried I'd forget. So stressful! x

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  26. Ohmigosh it's so charming there! I absolutely love how crystal clear everything looks - beautiful! :)

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  27. beautiful area! so gorgeous!

    thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at my place! appreciate it very much!

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  28. I love how blue the water is against the blue sky. Those are such scenic views. It's so amusing to find someone take a picture of the both of you so seriously. I remember meeting a guy like that asking us to tilt our heads a certain angle trying to correct our smiles in different shots, it was hilarious. :)

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  29. That first photo is completely gorgeous! And even if the serious-photographer was a bit over the top, that first photo of you and Inspector Climate is quite lovely.

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  30. Your photos are stunning! That water is the most gorgeous color.

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  31. The pictures are beautiful. Love the blue of the water and the sky. It looks like you had a wonderful time there. What a nice and quiet place.

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  32. Looks like a fantastic trip, thanks for sharing the pics! And what an insanely gorgeous location too!

    Elly @ Caribbean Living

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  33. the place looks so lovely! x

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