Culture and sightseeing
Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
80Trip End Apr 14, 2006
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We walked up through the shops to Circular Quay and went into the museum of Contemporary art
We went off in search of the tourist information and stumbled across a great art gallery- all photos of australia (plus some of England) and a couple of inspirational quotes thrown in here and there. This gallery was in 'the rocks'- a neighbourhood full of cafes and galleries down little paved streets and alleyways, where we spent the better part of an hour looking around, wishing we had enough money to buy all the nice art. It used to be the place were all the sailors would hang around and get drunk when their ships came into Syndey 100 years ago, but its gone a bit upmarket since then. We came out the other side near the Botanical gardens, and walked through a small part of it (they're massive) to get to the Museum of Australia. I went in there while mum went to the NSW art gallery- I wanted to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year photos that were on display, and mum preferred to see more art. The museum was good- a bit like the Natural History museum. I didnt really have enough time to see everything, but I saw all the photos in the exhibition (which were amazing).
I met up with mum and we walked back to the Imax theatre- they were showing the Polar Express in 3D. I'd never heard of a full length film being in 3D and hadnt seen it yet, so we figured we might as well go- and it was really good! A bit passe being about Christmas and all, but I really enjoyed it, and it was fun watching it in 3d. After we'd got changed in our hotel room, we decided to try and get to Circular Quay to watch the sun set over the harbour bridge- but couldnt find a water taxi anywhere. (Loads of people use them to get to the restaurants so they were a bit busy). We ended up just going to a Thai restaurant in Darling Harbour but it was really nice and I'm glad we went! We walked back to the hotel around the harbour, which is beautiful at night with all the bright lights reflecting in the water. Got lots of good pictures!