This is our initial view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge at 5:13 am on March 15, 2019.
Right after we went under the bridge, they turned the lights on at this park. Nice welcome.
Well lit sky-line and dock area.
Docked in White Bay.
Nice sky-line and thanks Mr. Tug.
We headed out on the included tour with our Tour Guide Cherie. She was a real hoot. The Guides in general have a blunt and refreshing sense of humor relating both the good and bad about their city of which they are justifiably proud.
At the street level (downtown) you see lots of nice old buildings mixed in with the skyscrapers.
This is at the hospital. The boars nose is so shiny because you are supposed to rub it for luck when you go into the hospital.
Catholic Church – According to Cherie a big scandal as the head of the Catholic Church in Australia (and # 2 in the Vatican) was just placed in jail.
Nice large park in the center of the city.
Things like the Art Gallery are housed in magnificent buildings
We are at Farm Cove in the Royal Botanic Garden for this shot of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge all in the same frame.
Some local boys turned out to show off their nice cars.
Sitting on Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair which was carved by the prisoners in 1816 because she showed kindness towards them.
Linda and Dale on the point.
View of the skyline from the same point in the Royal Botanic Garden.
They still have a large red-light district.
and there is a lot of effort to preserve them.
Also, lots of new structures invading the old.
In the Darling Port area.
Look out point on the South Head. Amazing amount of sandstone everywhere you look.
Stopped at Bondi Beach
with just a few hardy swimmers
and surfers on this cool day. I did score a hat, so all is good.
in nifty old buildings.
And a nice Post Office.
After our tour, we took Linda’s phone to a repair shop because the display had died. They were able to repair it in an estimated 3 hours. While we waited, we ate lunch at a local establishment called the Redoak. Far as I could tell, we were the only travelers. Nice place, great food, many local beers and a friendly staff. Really enjoyed lunch.
Area above The Rocks. Lots of folks about. Seems they knock off early on Friday. They were also having a student protest about climate change. Stupid knows no boundaries.
Interesting sidewalk inserts.
Arrived at the Royal Botanic Garden.
for a backdrop.
and a nice koala in a park setting.
Approach to the Opera House from a different angle.
Linda inspects the tiles
and we hang out and watch the people and the boats
Floral sign I enjoyed.
Lots of people.
Great day, heading back to the Viking Sun on boat shuttle.
Under the Sydney Harbor Bridge with many bride climbers at $400 each. We knew three couples that did it an loved it. Good on ’em, but not my thing.
Nice Sea Ray in the harbor by the Viking Sun. What a super day. Looking forward to tomorrow in Sydney also.