Thursday, 3 September 2009

Sydney, lovely Sydney!

Here we are in Sydney. Our hotel in the Rocks area of Sydney could hardly be better. Really excellent and earns a big recommendation from us both.

The flight from Auckland was pretty uneventful, but the weather here was much better than that we left behind in NZ. We were able to dine out in one of the Circular Quay restaurants last night and didn't even get cold!

So, what have we done whilst here?

We've been up the City Tower and got lots of photos to remind us of the last time we were here. Little seems to have changed, but then again everyone tells us that the city has changed, so we are mystified as to what we have 'forgotten' in the 13 years since that visit. We do remember the preparations for the 2000 Olympics, even though they were then still 4 years away. Maybe memory fails to record the little things that residents do notice. This is the opposite of what I would have expected.

Of course we've visited the Opera House and even went on a guided tour around the inside of it this time. It was excellent and the commentary from our guide was humorous and informative. I think that it helped that she was so obviously a real opera fan. We were unable to go into the main theatre area as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was rehearsing for this evening's show.

We've also been across to Manly on the ferry to meet our family friend and to spend the afternoon (raining again....) being chauffered around the beaches on that side of the Harbour. Thanks Tess. Hope to see you and Dave in the UK next year. The harbour at Sydney really is beautiful and the Bridge and Opera House really set it off a treat. Our hotel (The Old Sydney Holiday Inn) has a good view across Circular Quay towards the Opera House and with the Bridge just behind us. Superb!

Tomorrow we plan to visit Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach before meeting up with a few of the local radio amateurs here in the Sydney area.

I will probably not have access to the Web again until we reach Hong Kong on Saturday, so this will probably be the last blog from Australia............

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