Friday, September 17
No plans, maybe catch a performance at the Opera House? Get ready
to come home...
Our last full day in
Australia. It's been a great trip but at this point hard to
believe how far we've come and how long we've been gone. At this
point, standing on top of the tower in Auckland, New Zealand seems a
Today we just went around Sydney, seeing some things that we hadn't
caught before, and seeing some things again, this time in the sun, not
the drenching rain.
We took the downtown monorail around its full length, to see the
Darling Harbour area again, then got off at the National Maritime
Museum, and decided to see the exhibits. (It's free!)
Here's a lighthouse on Darling Harbour:
Here's a guy doing a job that Mom thinks is crazy - hanging upside-down
painting the bridge.
You have to pay to see the submarine, destroyer and other boats.
But we got some pix.
Inside the exhibit was really neat - lots of details about early sea
exploration of the area, Captain Cook, things about the way ships were
built and the kind of trading that was done in the earlier years of
Australia's history. Here's the light from a now-defunct
lightouse, the Tasman lighthouse. See the person below for scale.
After seeing the museum, we took a ferry ride from Darling Harbour over
to Circular Quay. We had wanted to do this in 2001 but the weather was
always foul. Today it was beautiful. Here's the Harbour Bridge
with the Opera House seemingly below.
At Circular Quay we did Sydney Photos - Redux.
The Opera House is really lovely. Each of the tiles on the roof
are individual tiles and placed by hand.
That's pretty much it. Tonight we pack and are picked up at 8
Saturday morning for our trip back home. See you when we return!
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