Gday Ladies of Australia 2000:
Now that we have had a chance to adjust from the jetlag and handle all the emergencies at the office, we wanted to send you an email to let you know just how much we enjoyed our Australian adventure. Thanks to you, this holiday to the land down under was truly an experience of a life time.
First of all, we are in complete agreement that we chose the right company to plan our trip. Your attention to detail, selection of activities and accommodations made our holiday in Australia much more than we could have ever imagined. We were so impressed with the network of people you have in place! Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and knew their stuff!!! We expected 5 star services and received nothing less then 10 stars! By the way, thank you so much for the fruit, cheese and wine basket. We enjoyed the Riesling so much, we brought some home.
Butch and I also agree 100% you even have Mother Nature as a person in your network. The weather while we were in Oz was incredible. Warm and sunny during the day, and cool at night. In fact, when we were in Daylesford, it was cool and brisk. It was perfect weather to look at the color display of autumn leaves. The smell of firewood and baking bread in the air was heart warming. The only time it rained was on the day we were heading back to the States! How did you arrange that?!
We enjoyed meeting each and every one of your company representatives from Cheri at the Sydney Airport to talking with Shelly on the phone in Melbourne, to touring with Suzanne and sailing the harbour with Colin, to experiencing the majestic beauty of the Daintree Rain Forest with Jim. Dinning with Suzanne & Piers at Lucios was magnifico and we enjoyed wonderful dinner conversation. Oh, and how can we forget lunch and the wine tasting with Garth? It was top notch. We even purchased a few bottles and brought them back in our luggage. We followed your advice and stepped into a clean skins shop near the Lyall. We selected a lovely (and we DO mean lovely) Shiraz from Heathcote and a delicious chardonnay from the Margaret River region. Fionas tour of the
secret places of Melbourne was absolutely fascinating. How did you ever guess we had a weakness for chocolate? She surprised us with a mid morning break of hot chocolate at Koko Black that was to die for!!! The Great Ocean Highway was mind blowing. We loved every minute of it. Of course, the spa treatments at the Lake House in Daylesford were heavenly and the scuba diving at the reef was daring and exhilarating!! Lastly, actually seeing the Opera House, up close and in person, left us speechless. What a fantastic example of imaginative architecture and politics blended together!! Our hour long personal chat with James, the Sommelier at the Lake House, was one of the most interesting wine conversations we have had in a long time. This was most enjoyable.
It would be impossible for us to tell you if we had a favorite place, experience or event. The entire trip was like a dream. It is still hard for us to believe we experienced as much as we did. How about if we just attach a few photos and you can judge for yourself by the happiness in our faces?
We could go on for hours about the trip, but to tell you the truth, Karen, our hats are off to you and your team. You all have succeeded in turning our vacation into a true holiday. We look forward to meeting you on your next trip out to the City by the Bay. We would be honored to buy YOU a glass of fine California wine.
Again, thank you for an incredible, memorable experience.
Michael and Butch
Traveled to Australia April 2008