Saturday, July 11, 2015

Snakes, rats, and crocs - oh my!

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My kids have been visiting, so I haven't been online much.
I'll probably post about what we've been up to later, as we've really been 'in the moment', just enjoying the time together.
While they've been home, we've been reliving old times, including looking at photos and remembering happy times and funny moments.
So we kind of did this post together, reminiscing about the time I took them to what is now the city where they spend most of their time, Darwin.
On that occasion, I was invited by Tigerair Australia to experience the airline's inaugural Brisbane-Darwin flight, and as the children's father was living in Darwin, I asked if the kids could come too.
I posted about the flight here, and a little more here.
While the kids spent most of the time with their Dad and I did my thing with Tigerair and NT Tourism, I did get an afternoon off, which I was lucky enough to spend with the kids.
We spent some time exploring my hotel, the Novotel Darwin Atrium, before heading off to Crocosaurus Cove.



At Brisbane Airport, before leaving on Tigerair's first flight from Brisbane to Darwin. I have to say a huge thank you to Tigerair for starting this service, because it has reduced the cost of flights between Brisbane and Darwin considerably. A huge bonus now the kids live there.


The kids' first time being first to board a plane! As guests of Tigerair on that occasion, we were treated as VIPs. It was very special! 


And the flight landed on time. Of all the times we have flown Tigerair - and that is often, and at our own expense -we have only ever been delayed once. In fact, occasionally, there is a tailwind, and the flight lands early. 


My king-sized bed at the Novotel Darwin Atrium. I love my pets, but it was such a treat to get a huge bed to myself. (Yep, usually I sleep with animals). The mattress and pillows were so comfy and the room temperature was perfect. And unlike many hotels, the Novotel Darwin Atrium always provides loads of pillows. With my arthritis, I need loads of cuddle pillows, and they have never been stingy about their pillows there. 


There was plenty of room to spread out, with a small lounge and another TV, and all the important workstation for laptop and internet access. (So important when you are on a work trip, and especially when you are required to write blog posts and update on social media.)


A welcome gift. I've stayed as a non-VIP, at my own expense, and didn't receive this little extra (nor such a spacious room) so I guess this isn't standard ... 


Yum


My favourite feature of the room was the window seat. I actually spent a lot of time there, watching the world go by


Every moment of every day, the scene was different. It was a great spot to practise my Mindfulness. 


Just another day in paradise 


Fitting in some work before duty called on the first morning ...


The kids loved the window seat too. Novotel and Accor hotels are very kid-friendly and usually feature a movie theme. During that stay it was a Muppet theme, and one of the other girls on the trip was lucky enough to score a Kermit toy in her room, which gave her loads of bonuses. She loaned him to us for the afternoon. 


Kermit enjoyed the view too


Chilling out


Checking out the hotel


It was tough deciding what to order for lunch ...


Fuelling up ahead of our visit to Crocosaurus Cove, which is just around the corner from the Novotel Atrium 


I started to overcome my fear of reptiles at Crocosaurus Cove


And even willingly climbed into the Cage Of Death with Chopper 





Face to face with the wildlife. Apologies for the photo quality, but it gives you an idea of how awesome the experience is


Feeding time at the zoo - kind of. A snake eating a rat! You can imagine what a hit that was with the kids. 


And seconds after I took this photo, a crocodile did a poo. Another highlight of our visit! You can't buy experiences like these ...


A glorious Darwin sunset. Taken during a walk in the park opposite my hotel.



And if you want to see it in action, here's a little video of the snake enjoying some lunch. Apologies if you are eating yours ...

Have you been to Darwin? What's your favourite feature in a hotel? And did you know that crocodiles poo?


***Tigerair flew the kids and I on their inaugural Brisbane-Darwin flight in April 2014 for social media purposes. I was put up at the Novotel Darwin Atrium on that occasion. Crocosaurus Cove gave us free entry, although it was a whistlestop tour. I am revisiting the experience for purely nostalgic reasons here and have received no compensation for this post.  

16 comments:

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

I have never thought about Crocodile poo. We drove to Darwin about 23yrs ago. Have not been back but I'd like to.
I'm glad you have lots of awesome memories with your cherubs. Thanks for sharing.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What lovely memories with the kids! I love hotel beds with loads of pillows too! They often look at me oddly when I ask for so many! :D

Karin @ Calm to Conniption said...

I have never been to Darwin. I can't wait to get there one day. Looks fantastic.

Mumma McD said...

Great photos, what lovely memories. Kermit looks like he's having a ball!!

Bronnie Marquardt said...

It's a really awesome family destination. I never actually had Darwin or the NT on my list of places to visit - much to my shame, now that I've been there. It's a really wonderful place, with so much to see and do. I highly recommend it and can't wait to go back.

Shannon Morrow said...

I've never been but cant wait to go one day with the fam when the kids are older. Looks like a great family destination. xx

Malinda Brown said...

How brave are you with a lizard on your shoulder! And a love a good window seat on holidays - you get to relax but still watch the world pass by.

Bumble Bee Mum said...

Thank you for sharing this on Travel Tuesday! Great to know that Tigerair Australia is so punctual. Tigerair is notorious here in Singapore. My parents flew with them quite a few times to China and they were ALWAYS delayed by an hour minimum.

Darwin and its crocodiles look awesome. And yeah, I have never thought about whether crocodiles poop. Haha...

Malinda Brown said...

And Thanks for joining in #WednesdayWanderlust

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid said...

We went to Darwin in 2005 - I imagine it's changed a lot since then. We loved it, but it was super super hot! This looks like a fun trip and no, I never knew that crocodiles poo, but I do now!

Bronnie Marquardt said...

I just wish I had captured the pooing crocodile on camera. Oh well, reason to go back I guess!

sarsm said...

Looks and sounds like you and your kids had a fantastic time. I'm glad!

Sally@Toddlers on Tour said...

I have visited Darwin back when I was a flight attendant with Ansett during its last year of operation. I quite often got an overnight stay in darwin and really enjoyed exploring foreshore area.

Kirsty @ My Home Truths said...

Glad you've had some more time with them Bron x
What a great trip to relive with them - beautiful memories!

Grace said...

So glad you got to spend some quality time with your kids. I would love a window seat like that on a hotel room. Perfect spot for contemplation and reflection.

Bronnie Marquardt said...

I remember the days of Ansett - how wonderful to have worked with them. The foreshore is awesome. The kids tell me I have to be there for the next Territory Day when anyone and everyone is allowed to set off fireworks for one day (and night) of the year. Apparently it has to be experienced to be believed. Plus I'd like a chance to re-enter the Cage of Death without carrying Kermit!