Last Day – Sydney

What a trip!  We have spent two days in Sydney and unfortunately Sydney as decided to rain on us both days. We start out with great weather and then the showers start.  We have been trying to get as much in as we can before the showers start.  Yesterday, we spent time over by the Opera House.  We walked around it and went in to see but the tours use stairs so we did not take it.  And there were no open seats for the show “Winter’s Tale” and they are closed on Monday.  You can see the front coming in over the opera house.Sydney - Carol and Opera House

Sydney - Carol and Opera House & QEThe Queen Elizabeth was in port at the Rocks.

We also took photos of the Sydney Bridge – note the people on top – you can walk up the bridge (well you can pay to do it).

Sydney - Opera House and Bridge Sydney - Bridge


Last night we went to dinner with Tracy, who is dating Paul who is somehow related to Carol.  She was nice enough to drive into the city and take us to have Thai Dim Sum.  It was very good and she was a great hostess.  She then took me out for some after dark photos of the Sydney Bridge.  I have not edited them yet. Sorry.

We had breakfast down at Circular Quay.  There are a number of little cafes.  We selected one and we were serenaded –

Sydney - breakfast serenadeWe took the hop on and off bus today.  We rode it for the full route.  It is a double-decker and I sat on top, and got rained on, while Carol sat inside.  There is a second loop that goes to Bondi Beach, but with the weather, we did not bother to head over there.

Stop 3 of the ride was the Queen Victoria Station – loads of shops – high-end and cafes. Sydney - Queen Victoria Station-3Sydney - Queen Victoria Station-2 Sydney - Queen Victoria Station

Then I walked over to St Mary’s Cathedral. Unfortunately, they do not allow photographs inside the cathedral.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  Sydney - St Mary Cathedral-2


On my walk back to our hotel, I found the wild boar statue outside the Sydney Hospital.  They say if you drop coins and then rub the nose of the boar, you will have good luck – well see how shiny the nose of this boar is – it has gotten a lot of rubbing.

Sydney Hospital Wild Boor

Further down the street, on the side of the library, I found this little bronze of a cat, with no plaque to tell me what it was for.  SydneyLibrary - cat statue


There was a rhino statue outside the Customs House, which was an art project.Sydney - Rhino

Raining again so we retired to our room.  I had walked quite a bit of the area and Carol had walked around the circular quay so we were pleased with what we were able to see.  And with this as the view from our room – Sydney - view from room and with our end of day view –  Sydney - Opera House_We are sorry to see it end.  We have only seen a very small bit of both New Zealand and Australia, but it is time for us to start that long long flight home.  Tomorrow we will depart Sydney and land in Los Angeles before we have left Sydney.  (Think on it)

Thank you for following our adventure down under.


Day 17 – Sydney

We arrived in Sydney in the early morning hours, sailing under the Sydney bridge and by the Opera house.  Unfortunately, it was similar to sailing in NYC and too dark to really get a photograph. We are having our last breakfast on the ship before disembarking. We will post more after we get into the city.