Helen and Paul World Tour 2005/06 travel blog

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Opera House

Opera House ladies room (taken for Jon and Tracey)

Sydney skyline

The 2 landmarks together

The 2 of us

Guess what - a storm is a brewin'

View of Sydney from the boat??

Night time at the Opera House

Swells on Coogee to Bondi walk

Paul posing at Bondi Beach

Should have gone to specsavers

Christmas time

Teena and Helen

Returned to Teena's house in Sydney, managed to remember which bus to catch to get to her house.

Took the bus back into Sydney on the Friday and booked to see a play at the Opera House and went on the guided tour with a very camp guide. The Opera House is on the eastern headland of Circular Quay where all the major transport links are. The structure looks like the sails of a ship of shells but are actually inspired by palm fronds, each one had cream tiles that were laid by and. The tour took us into the Opera auditorium where the Sleeping Beauty Ballet was being rehearsed and in to the main auditorium which was hosting the Australian Symphony Orchestra. We booked to see a play in one of the smaller theatres.

We walked through the Royal Botanic Gardens to Mrs Macquaries Chair, supposed to be the best views of Sydney and had lunch overlooking the harbour before catching the ferry across to Manly. Manly has a beach with what looked like good surfing waves - but what do I know? We caught the ferry back after dinner so we could catch views of Sydney Harbour at dusk with all the lights gleaming but with our luck a storm a brewed! We couldn't see anything; it was teeming down with rain, which is supposedly quite common in summertime in New South Wales.

Next day we walked from Coogee to Bondi, the little cays where much nicer than Bondi itself, but the grassier area was lovely to sit on.

The day after we went into the city centre again, to Darling Harbour and to the Imax theatre where we viewed a 3D film about walking on the moon - we have now joined the 12 men who have walked on the moon! We scurried across the city to the Opera House to watch our 5pm show in the Playhouse - Boulevard Delirium, a cabaret act by one man and 5 musicians. Sun was still shining when we got out; so we sat watching people climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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