2015 Sydney Part II

And then there were two.  Nilufer flew back to reality and it was just Jessica and me on this crazy adventure.

Wednesday

The plan for today was to tour the Sydney Opera House!

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

We met up with our guide and the rest of our tour group.  Our guide was adorable and sang us a song about a koala!!  (Don’t call me a koala bear, because I’m not a bear at all!)

We walked through the smaller theaters and got to see the dancers practicing before heading to the actual backstage.  It’s amazing how large the opera house is!  We then got to visit both of the main auditoriums.

Close-up of the roof

Close-up of the roof

And learn more about the iconic roof – such as how they had a really hard time figuring out how to create the roof until they realized they could use a circle (sphere) to create the waves/shells.  This way the shells/waves would be uniform.

We finished up our tour and had lunch at the opera house.  The weather had turned slightly rainy.  What do you do in the rain?  Why, go to the zoo of course!  We took the ferry over to the zoo.

Why hello there

Why hello there

I finally got to see a Tasmanian Devil!!  They are actually kinda cute and they do spin around in circles.

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

The rain started coming down pretty hard and the zoo was getting ready to close so we decided to leave which worked out perfect as we just made the ferry!

I don’t remember where I had heard about the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) but a huge building from 1890’s that had been restored recently and had a huge dome was a building I wanted to see!  I convinced (or dragged) Jessica that we needed to see this building.  Since it was dark, I wasn’t able to marvel at the outside, but the inside more than delivered.  It had several beautiful clocks, old original tile work, and the dome.  Color me suitably impressed.

Inside the QVB

Inside the QVB

Thursday

How did it get to be our last day in Sydney?  And our last day in Australia?  If you are on my Christmas card list you may have picked up on I try to put a picture from my travels on it (and if you aren’t but you want to be, send me your address, I love to send out Christmas cards, but be warned you may also end up on my postcard list – I love to send out postcards even more than Christmas cards!).  I was determined to get a nice picture of me with the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background for my Christmas card.  With that goal in mind, we walked back over toward Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair (we didn’t quite make it all the way).

Christmas Card worthy?

Christmas Card worthy?

We didn’t really have much of a plan for the day, other than visit the Sydney Wildlife Park with the hopes of being able to interact with a kangaroo.  We wandered back over to the Rocks and explored a bit (I would have liked to spend more time there, but it’s an excuse to come back!) before heading up to Observatory Hill to get a view of what else?  The bridge!

Sydney Harbor Bridge from Observatory Hill

Sydney Harbor Bridge from Observatory Hill

Rain had been threatening for a while and started to come down as we were leaving.  We walked down towards Darling Harbor and the Sydney Wildlife Park.  But guess who didn’t like the rain either?  The kangaroos!!  So instead of getting to interact with them, we watched them as they huddled under the heat lamp and out of the rain.

Our last stop for the day was another spot to view the bridge.  If we’d had more time, I’m sure we would have properly captured the bridge from every possible angle and every possible time of day!  It’s just so photogenic!  This particular view-point was near the Milsons point ferry stop, right by Luna Park.  The rain hadn’t let up so we were hurriedly taking pictures between rain drops!

Sydney Harbor Bridge at night

Sydney Harbor Bridge at night

Once we had enough of the rain, we made our way back to the hotel to begin packing for the next leg of our journey.  Stay tuned!

 

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2 Responses to 2015 Sydney Part II

  1. maranda47326 says:

    I’ve missed your travel posts so I am so happy to see them back and happy that you have a chance to travel, relax, and get your ‘center’ back. Keep them coming!

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