Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sydney Day 2

We woke up this morning and headed into downtown Sydney again.  There is just so much to do and see that it is hard to take it all in.  We had a little shopping to do so that was our first order of business.  My watch band broke and the battery on Katie’s watch died.  We spied a Woolworth’s store near Victoria shopping district so rode the train there.

Woolworth’s is like Shopko or Target.  Anyway we found inexpensive replacement watches.  It is so nice to look at our wrists and know what time it is.  While in the area we walked past St Andrews Cathedral,


Town Hall,


and Victoria Center


We found an Orange Snail there,


We discovered the snails are part of the Cities Art and About festival.  There are 24 scattered about the city and all are called Snail Ovation.  We enjoyed seeing them.  Most are yellow, but there are a few of other colors.

From there we headed to Circular Quay and took a “Hop on, Hop off” cruise of the Sydney harbor.  The harbor is large with many bays.  Circular Quay is located near the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.  It is hard to take a picture without either one or both being in the picture.



Opera House,


Here is the city skyline from the harbor,


Although the city looks new and modern in this picture, it has a really interesting mixture of old and new buildings.  That, in my mind makes it a fun city to visit. 

These are some of the high price homes and apartments in the area of Double Bay, and then a picture looking into Double Bay.


These sailing dinghies looked like a class on sailing.


Of course no Harbor would be complete without sailboats.


The boat we were on made numerous stops including the Sydney Zoo.  We stayed on board until reaching Watsons Bay.  There we had lunch at Doyles.  This is a well known restaurant right on the water.  Here is the view from our table.


On our menu was Ulladulla fish and chips and Scallop, fish, prawn pie.  both were delicious.


Here is a view of the restaurant from the wharf.


We “hopped back on” the boat and headed back to Circular Quay.  There we took the Hop on, Hop Off bus ending up at the PowerHouse museum.  It was a science based museum (versus art) housed in an old generating plant building.  It had some really interesting displays.  I took in the mechanical displays while katie took in displays on design and The Beatles.

This is the No. 1 steam engine used on the Australian Railroad.


From this picture you can see they had a lot of displays on transportation through the ages.


We were finally chased out when they closed the museum.

Other places of interest; this is the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Center.  It also was the Olympic swimming event center during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.


This Coke sign is on the Australian National Register.  In other words it is protected by law.


This fountain is in the center of a traffic Round About…..maybe an idea for Norfolk?


This is a painted wall ad for a Bakehouse…..I couldn’t resist taking this one with the people.


We ended our day with a nice simple meal at a sidewalk café on Circular Quay.  One the menu was Minestrone Soup, and Spaghetti with meat sauce.


I will leave you with one more view of the Sydney Harbor bridge.


Tomorrow we are off to the Blue Mountains and Canberra….

For Dayna…..what city in US is most like Canberra?

Till tomorrow

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