Travel to Rhodes and WS Opening Ceremony

Day 13 – Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Today we headed out to do some more shopping at the Premium Outlets, this time on the north side of town. On the way we stopped to see the famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign.

We also visited ‘The Stratosphere’ and watched some of the crazy rides from above and over the edge of the tallest building in Vegas. We even watched a very ‘senior’ lady bungee over the side!

At night we went to the Fremont Experience – such an eye opener! It has the biggest LCD TV in the world (makes up the entire roof!). We watched various street performers, musicians, dancers and people dressed up in costume posing for photos – all for a fee, of course!

Had a wonderful dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant at the MGM Grand – best feed we’ve had since leaving home! (we both had steak and steamed veggies – a rarity in the USA).

Welcome to Las Vegas
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The Stratosphere
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One of the rides on the tip of The Stratosphere
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Another ride over the edge of The Stratosphere
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A rather ‘senior’ lady about to bungee from The St
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View from The Stratosphere
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Us at The Stratosphere (bungee line in the backgro
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4 hrs all you can drink – no thanks!
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Fremont Experience
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Fremont Experience
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DJ / Dancer 1
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DJ / Dancer 2
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Bartenders / Dancers
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Batman, Spiderman and a Ninja
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Elvis, Austin Powers and Pee Wee Herman
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Kiss
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What happens if you don’t pay for the photo…
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Day 14 – Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Monday, 26 September 2011

Today was a nothing day, in the morning we chased around to post some excess clothing home before traveling on to Europe. The in house centre at the MGM quoted us $635 to freight a bag back, so we used US Post instead!

Spent the afternoon of our last day in Vegas by the ultra pool – doubt we’ll ever find anything in the world that will compete with this place!

Had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, visited the Eiffel Tower and strolled through a mile long arcade of shops.

Got back to the hotel and finished packing, ready to commence our travels to Rhodes, Greece.

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Photo 2
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The Luxor (plus monorail)
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Mandalay Bay
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Day 15 – Travel Day (Las Vegas – Rhodes)

Rhodes

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Left the hotel at 4am and only just made our 6am flight out of Vegas. Had to do a bit of re-shuffling of luggage from one suitcase to another to avoid the excess baggage fees.

Couple of hours later we were in Dallas, running to catch our next flight to Charlotte. From Charlotte we switched to Lufthansa for the flight to Munich, and then Munich to Athens where everything came to a screaming holt.

Our flight arrived in Athens an hour late and only one bag (my range bag) appeared at the carousel. This was not good, as the last leg of our flight (to Rhodes) was about to board soon. After some heated discussions at the lost and found counter, they magically ‘found’ Dave’s suitcase with the guns, but still no sign of the suitcase with all my clothes!

We’d missed our connecting flight to Rhodes by now, so had to rebook our flights (at our own expense as Lufthansa would not take responsibility for the lost connection), the next available being 6 hrs later at 9pm … Not what you want to hear after already traveling for over 24 hrs and in desperate need of a shower and some sleep!

Day 16 – Travel Day (Arrive in Rhodes)

Rhodes

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

So after waiting the almost 6hrs for our second attempt to get to Rhodes, we are summoned back to the ticket counter (hooray, I think, perhaps they found my bag?), to be smacked over the wrist for having guns in our luggage … What the? I had rung in advance to advise them of this, I had told them when rebooking the flights, and had told them again when we checked our bags!! I was starting to get a bit frustrated by now … Funny how no sleep and lost luggage can do that to you!

So down into the luggage warehouse we were dragged for Dave to pull the gun case out of his suitcase and hand it to some random airport guy. We saw they had an entire trolley full of loose guns in small hard cases and padded yellow envelopes – all being dropped on the concrete floor – thank god (and Troy R for making it) that we have a pretty solid case that holds both our guns, and can withstand a fair bit.

So once again we have to run to catch our flight to Rhodes, only to get to the gate and be told it has been delayed.

Finally the flight is ready to board and we get moving, arriving in Rhodes at about 10.30pm. We pick up our bags (still missing mine) and wade through the utter chaos to collect our guns – some (not ours) are missing, some paperwork is taken from us and not returned … We just didn’t care anymore.

We get shuffled into a small minivan to go to the hotel and check in … We get to the room and I nearly cried … OMG, what a tiny, dirty, nightmare this has become… It’s now after midnight so we just crawl into bed, agreeing to worry about it in the morning.

Day 17 – Rhodes

Rhodes

Thursday, 29 September 2011

I wake up, and no, it wasn’t a bad dream, and yes, I’m still in this ‘room’ if you could call it that, with no clean clothes and no toiletries. I make the best of it with some of Dave’s stuff and we head to reception to see what we can do … Long story short, we upgraded our room to something a little better, so now I’m only half miserable.

We catch a taxi into ‘town’ to start buying some clothes, only to be told by the taxi driver (once we arrive in town) that everything is closed for siesta … Will reopen in 2hrs at 5pm. Wonderful! He drops us at some markets that remind me of Bali – tiny sizes and absolute crap quality. Even when the real shops open, the options weren’t much better. So after 4hrs of walking we head back to the hotel with some underwear, one top, some basic toiletries and me almost in tears.

We walk into the room, and sitting there amongst our other luggage is my suitcase!!! I have no idea how it got there, and don’t really care … But am just so grateful to have my stuff back!

Had dinner at the hotel (buffet breakfast and dinner is included in the room rate) and headed to bed for an early night.

Capsis Hotel, Rhodes
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Our new room
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View from our new room
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Hotel pool
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Hotel pond / lagoon
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Day 18 – Rhodes

Rhodes

Friday, 30 September 2011

Went to register for the match this morning, but the line was way too long (2 hour plus wait), so we decided we’d try again tomorrow.

Hired a car and headed out to the range for a bit of a look. First impression is that it’s all a bit barren, and the stages remarkably uninteresting!

Left the range and headed into the old city of Rhodes for lunch, to take in the sights and wander through the markets.

World Shoot – medical van
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World Shoot – medical van
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Brodie and Kalan function firing
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The boys in black!
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World Shoot Stage
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World Shoot Stage
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World Shoot Stage
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World Shoot – gunsmith
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Rhodes – World Heritage City
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Rhodes – old city
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Day 19 – Rhodes

Rhodes

Saturday, 1 October 2011

This morning we collected our ammo (which had been freighted from Australia a few weeks in advance) and headed out to the range for Dave to function fire our guns – all was good!

We also had a second attempt at registrations, but the line was still too long, so we headed out sight seeing for the day instead.

First stop was ‘Ialysos’ – one of the three famous ancient cities of Rhodes – with remains dating back to the 3rd millennium BC! Here we saw the ruins of a ancient temple and early Christian Basilica and monastery.

Next was a short drive for lunch at Lindos, before climbing the hill to visit the ‘Acropolis of Lindos’ – what a fabulous sight!

Church of Ai-Yorgis Chostos
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Church of Ai-Yorgis Chostos
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Nudist beach
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The boys spying on the nudists!
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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Shops on the climb to the Acropolis of Lindos
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Dave’s new hat at the Acropolis of Lindos
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The climb to the Acropolis of Lindos
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Still climbing to the Acropolis of Lindos
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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The Acropolis of Lindos
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Kitty at the Acropolis of Lindos
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Go on Dave – dare you to ring the bell…
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Taxi rank – all Mercedes 220’s!!
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Day 20 – World Shoot – Opening Ceremony

Rhodes

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Third time lucky – today we finally registered for the match, and after a brief team meeting we headed out to the range for equipment check. We timed it perfectly to coincide with a monsoonal downpour of rain, and all got soaked!!

Came back to the hotel to dry out a bit, then went for a short walk down the street to find lunch. If we had been looking for the most inhospitable service in town, we certainly found it!

The day slowly dwindled away, and then it was time to head off to the opening ceremony.

WS Opening Ceremony – Australian Team
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Some of the 1,230 competitors
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Team from the Netherlands
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Team from Italy
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Team from Austria
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Marching Band
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4 little green tree frogs
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WS Opening Ceremony
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Remains of the Rhodes acropolis
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5 thoughts on “Travel to Rhodes and WS Opening Ceremony

  1. I think next time you should start your trip in Greece and go to LA to recover! But what a contrast from the hyper-service culture of the US to Rhodes. And I love the fake antiquities in LA compared with the real thing in Rhodes. Quite mind-blowing really. Thanks for the great photos.

  2. Hi Suzy
    Hope you have put all the frustrations and almost tears 😦 behind you.. and now enjoy the sun the food and the competition. The Blog is great, and it’s a joy to follow your jet-setting adventures.
    Looks like your timing is good too, I heard that Europe is warm at the moment.
    Cheers
    Anders.

  3. Hey Suz, love reading your stories! Enjoy Rhodes, especially the shopping in the old part, I went a little nuts at the market there. Good luck with the comp. Ciao, alicia

  4. Hey Suzy,
    Fantastic photos! I want to be in Rhodes! What a fabulous place to compete in.
    Good luck in the competition, I hope you both do really well – Go Aussies! Oi! Oi! Oi!
    Keep the blog going, I love my vicarious travel adventures…………..
    Cheers,
    Jan

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