SYDNEY, not quite SF, but beautiful in its own way

Trip Start May 01, 1958
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Visited The Rocks & Darlene Harbor

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SYDNEY; August 16, 17 and 18.


We had to rise early this morning, because we had to coach back to Cairns (about a 3-hour coach ride) to catch our flight to Sydney.  We had several rest stops during our ride back to Cairns for picture taking, and a restroom break.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sydney map.
 
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After our arrival in Sydney, we were coached to our hotel at about 5PM, The Vibe, not far from Chinatown, and a 10-minute walk to Darlene Harbor
  
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I had a a2k member Meet for dinner with a local member, margo, at I'm Angus at Darlene Harbor.  Margo had kangaroo, and I had the pork ribs that was just heavenly!  Best ribs I've ever had in memory.   Margo was good enough to drop me off at my hotel after our "meet."


Walked 4.38 miles.


August 17: The following day was our included city tour. We were coached through the eastern suburbs for sightseeing, and to look at the 19th century architecture. We then visited the famous Mrs Macquarie's Chair (made from stone) part of the park's platform to take pictures of the also famous Sydney bridge and Opera House, then a short walk to Mrs Macquarie's Chair to take more pictures. From there, we coached eastward to Bondi Beach, and stopped at a photo spot to take pictures of the entrance to the port (where many commit suicide). We spent about one hour at Bondi Beach where many in our group had some coffee and snacks, walk the beach, and to take pictures of the big waves and the surfers.  After our return to The Rocks, Mara took us for a walk which has some of the oldest buildings in Sydney. “The Rocks” was the first location for the original European settlers who were exiled convicts that camped along the sandstone rocks; therefore the name.
 
 

  
 
 
  
 
 
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A few of us had lunch at the famous fish and chips restaurant, Peter Doyles, the northernmost restaurant facing the Opera House on the other side of the bay. Fish and chips with beer, $50. (I thought that was expensive until I saw $60 hamburger at a restaurant at The Rocks.) At least, we had beer included for the $50.
  
 
 
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We were treated to a Sydney Harbor cruise after lunch to view the city skyline, the bridge, and Utzon's Opera House declared a UNICEF World Heritage Site in 2007 – in the rain. We continued on to the iconic Opera House for a guided tour. Our docent (I think his name was Alex) was a funny man with enough energy for a 10-year old; jumping and waving his arms around to inform us and telling jokes about the construction and other information of the Opera House while hooked up to a “private group” headphone system. All I can say is “WOW!”  The Opera House is constructed with precast concrete panels, and the roof is covered with 1,056,006 tiles, The engineering of this structure was a major feat.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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For dinner, I joined three other guys to walk to Darlene Harbor to a Moroccan restaurant, Kazbah. I had the lamb shank, but it was just too much food!
  
 
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Click on video to view
 
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Another great day!


August 18, Our last day in Australia. I slept in this morning, had breakfast, then walked towards Chinatown at about 10AM. My first stop was the Market City just below Chinatown to look for t-shirts.  When I finished my shopping, I walked through Chinatown, stopped at a internet cafe for one hour, then dropped off the t-shirts at the hotel before returning to George Street towards The Rocks. I stopped at several places before reaching The Rocks District. I stopped at several shopping malls, the veteran's memorial square where they were having some kind of ceremony with many military top brass and politicians and tv camera, lunch of chicken wings with banana smoothie, and a stop at a opal shop. There was one black opal earrings that the saleslady said retailed for $1,900, but with the removal of the tax and a discount told me I could have it for $1,300. I told her I had to think about it, and if I walked in later that day she would have a sale. I walked all around the Circular Quay and The Rocks area, and stopped at an Irish pub for a Guinnes pint for $6.50. Walked around some more, walking up to the Sydney bridge level, then walking to the ShangriLa hotel area where I saw a sign for hamburger for $60.
Pino, Julian, Terry, Fred, Melanie, and I are planning to meet at the ShangriLa for drinks at the Blu bar at 5PM. I walked some more around The Rocks area, and again walked up to the bridge street level to take more pictures when I saw Terry returning from his walk across the bridge. We walked to the ShangriLa hotel, and eventually met up with Pino, Julian, Fred, and Melanie at the lobby bar, and waited until 5PM when the Blu bar was supposed to open. Just before 5PM,
Pino and I went up to the top floor to the Blu bar, and found it was open, so I went in while Pino went down to let the others know the bar was open. We were lucky, because the three tables by the window looking down on the bridge and Opera House were reserved, so I took the other side window table looking down on the bridge. We all ordered our drinks, and I ordered the coney island iced tea ($20), but we were paying for the view. After about 45 minutes, we had to leave for the Hero of Waterloo restaurant for our farewell dinner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The dinner was so-so, but the journey in toto was a huge success. The bus picked us up at 8PM for our ride back to the hotel.


The flight back home was uneventful.

On the day we were leaving Australia, this article was in their local newspaper.  We should have gone their for a liquid farewell dinner.  

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This was indeed a great journey to Australia where we were able to see and experience most of what their country has to offer - at least in the eastern half of their country.   Our experience was enriched by our Tour Director, Mara, who shared with us both verbally and through pages of informational documents about the history and culture of this young country.  I tried to share what we saw and did with my inadequate blog, but I hope the pictures made up for my deficiency.  Hope you have enjoyed this journey to Australia. 

I'm off to Turkey on September 19; please visit again when I return from this journey.
    
Walked 7.95 miles.

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