Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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Being the romantic one in the relationship I was nominating the meandering boat cruise but unfortunately DH had already painted herself into something of a corner by telling anyone and everyone who would listen, that our main objective in visiting Sydney was to climb the harbour bridge- this bridge is 135 metres above the average water level (during construction, only 1 individual who fell to the water below survived) and you have to climb along the outer curvature to reach the highest point
One of the other must-dos in Sydney is Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach, one of the most famous city beaches in the world, was a something of a crime scene for DH when she was last here- taking the party to the beach she went topless just as the Aussie lifeguard crew was doing their drills nearby. She does claim that all the other girls were doing it and that Carol C bullied her into doing it, but I'm not totally convinced she ever left the bar district in Kings Cross. On the day we were there, it was a bit cool, and no one else was participating, so there was no re-enactment of this distant potentially false memory- we did do the coastal walk which connected Bondi with Coogee Beach and in addition to the scenery, groups were setting up some very cool art installations along the walkway.
Our hostel in Kirribilli had us taking a ferry each day that skimmed by the world famous Sydney Opera House (after seeing numerous pictures we were surprised to find that the Opera House sails aren't really white). The design of this iconic building was beyond the capabilities of engineering of the time but after a couple of years reworking the design and solving the problem of how to build the distinguishing feature, the 'sails' of the roof, were erected. As with most government projects cost blow-outs were the norm but it does scream 'Sydney'
Following DH as she retraced her steps in Sydney we found ourselves in The Rocks, a trendy shopping and eating area that was a nineteenth century slum area that was frequented by visiting sailors and prostitutes. And we wandered the Kings Cross neighbourhood, an area that is now known as Sydney's red-light district, and is reputed to be home to organised crime groups- it seemed to be dominated by bars, restaurants, nightclubs, strip clubs and adult stores but party animals that we are, we spent far too much time in an Olde English Candy Store getting salted licorice for the princess. We even spent some time on the docks trying to find a seedy bar that was at the end of a pier that apparently hosted some memorable events for DH and friends (the whole section has been redeveloped and Russell Crowe owns a townhouse that sits where the bar used to be).
Most of Sydney is actually very modern and clean but DH couldn't recall spending much time outside of the more colourful city areas so we wrapped up the trip down memory lane and started prepping for an audience with a Olympic gold medalist.