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  • Day149

    Sydney

    May 14 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Last but not least, we visited Sydney! We both have already been here, one remembers it better than the other 😊
    This is also the occasion to meet our friends again and another friend from London. Fancy dinners are back on the menu!

    Maybe because it was raining a lot the first day, Sydney reminded us a bit of London. It is a lot more pedestrian friendly than other towns in Australia so we enjoyed walking around and hitting the museums to get away from the rain.

    Once the sun showed up, Sydney became a really cool city. There is the harbour area of course with the Opera house but also little squares that are great little spots to chill and have a meal or drink. We went on a ferry ride to Manly to discover a nice beach and esplanade. It was very busy with people, walking, running swimming, surfing, snorkeling and even diving, seems like all the activities happen around the beach here.

    A trip to Sydney wouldn't be complete without checking out Bondi Beach, it's got to be one of the most famous beaches in the world? We did the wonderful Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk , despite being very busy, it was very pleasant, but a little chilly, we chickened out of going for a swim. We were happy enough enjoying the view of the surfers doing their thing. A really great way to end our time in Australia. Now across the Pacific to find the sun again, hopefully.
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    Gaëlle Huitric

    😱 big steacks

    Michael Cowling

    so you going to la ?

    Love these photos :-) [Crease]

     
  • Day333

    Sydney

    April 3 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    What an impressive City. Although I would rather live in Melbourne, Sydney was amazing. We really felt like being in an world metropolis with all of the iconic views and buildings.
    As soon as we arrived in Sydney, the sun was back. So we had four beautiful days to explore this huge city. At the first day we did a free walking tour to get an overview and a little insight of the history of Sydney. We also took the ferry to Watsons Bay and the bus to famous Bondi Beach.

    You simply cannot get enough of the harbour view. It Doesn’t matter if you’re standing at the botanical gardens or in the hip district “the rocks” (Which was our favorite one, by the way).
    In the evening we went to one of the fancy hidden bars you can find all over the city, to have an expensive drink 😅
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    Marlu Prinz

    have fun and enjoy

    4/20/22Reply
     
  • Day14

    Shopping Day!

    December 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Also heute war ein bisschen Shopping angesagt😁 die haben hier einfach so geile Klamotten und Läden😍 aber eigentlich kann ich nichts kaufen, weil ich eh schon keinen Platz in meinem Backpack habe. Aber eine Hose habe ich trotzdem gekauft 😍 hatte sie an und mich direkt in sie verliebt!
    Nach dem Shopping bin ich wieder zurück ins Hostel, weil ich einen Anruf von meiner zukünftigen Aupair Familie bekommen habe 👍😊 ja ihr hört richtig, ab nächste Woche habe ich einen Job als Au Pair in Canberra :) Die Familie hat 2 Kinder (3&5 Jahre alt) und auf die werde ich die nächsten 4 Monate aufpassen bis es wieder weiter reißen geht :)
    Gegen Abend habentt rmeine beide Roommates und ich uns fertig gemacht, weil es ging raus feiern. Wir waren eine Gruppe aus ungefähr 7 Personen und sind ins Ivy gegangen. Das ist ein echt schöner Club mit mehreren Ebenen und sogar einem Draußenbereich mit einem Pool😊 war ein echt schöner Abend, aber definitiv zu voll😅 Mir ist allerdings auch was richtig cooles passiert. Ich habe nämlich einen Gast getroffen aus Ägypten, der im Jaz Makadina Urlaub gemacht hat 😂 also sowas ist mir auch noch ncibt passiert aber ich finde es mega cool!
    Ja wir sind dann gegen halb 2 wieder zurück gegangen und dann ging es auch ins Bett :)

    So today I did a little shopping 😁 they have here just so nice clothes and stores😍 but actually I can't buy anything because I already have no place in my backpack. But I bought a pair of pants anyway 😍 I fell in love with them directly!
    After shopping I went back to the hostel because I got a call from my future aupair family 👍😊 yes you hear me, from next week I have a job as an au pair in Canberra :) The family has 2 children (3&5 years old) and I will take care of them for the next 4 months :)
    In the evening both my roommates and I got ready, because we were going to a party. We were a group of about 7 people and we went to Ivy. This is a really nice club with several levels and even an outdoor area with a pool😊 was a really nice evening, but definitely to many people😅 Something really cool happened to me. I met a guest from Egypt who was on holiday in Jaz Makadina 😂 so something like that didn't happen to me but I think it's really cool!
    We went back around 2am and then we went to bed :)
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    Laura F

    Welcome to the au pair life 😄 die kiddos werden dich lieben!! ☺️

    12/5/19Reply
     
  • Day10

    Stunning Sydney - Day 2

    January 30, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Our time clock still not fully adjusted, we were up again at 6am. Another lovely but hot day, we decided due to our limited time, to go on a Hop-on Hop-off city bus tour. The first part took us round the extensive Sydney city centre with its notable Victorian buildings - very British. In the afternoon we went to the famous Bondi Beach on the outskirts of the city. I had feared it might be a bit like Saltcoats with sunshine, but was impressed by the beautiful, spotlessly clean beach and crystal clear ocean. Excellent free changing areas and showers were provided, so I took advantage of a swim in the lovely waters. Had great fun splashing about in the crashing waves, ignoring the fact that I was a bit of a great white whale amongst all the svelte, tanned physiques. Ah, well it’s nice to be different.

    An over enthusiastic tour guide try to tempt a posh English lady with a trip to Tarunga Zoo - ‘you will see koala’ he promised. ‘I’ve seen plenty of koalas’ she replied dismissively. ‘What about Cockatoo Island?’ he persisted, ‘You can see a cockatoo’. ‘I’ve seen plenty of them too’ she retorted with a saucy laugh. It reminded us of the gag in ‘Allo, ‘Allo’.

    This being Campbell’s birthday, we changed and made our way to the Opera House. What a stunning building in such a fabulous location, with folk enjoying the harbour views from the surrounding walkway. A masterpiece of architecture, the Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enjoyed a Prosecco and a tasty, but nouvelle-cuisine sized, pre performance meal inside, before enjoying a performance of La Bohème in the Joan Sutherland Theatre. We enjoyed the lovely singing and sweeping music, but didn’t really see the point of the 1930s Nazi setting. This beautiful 1500 seat theatre is just one of the performance venues at the Opera House, with the even bigger 2000 seat concert hall next door.

    After the opera, we enjoyed the walk back to Circular Quay admiring the illuminated Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Manhattan-like skyline. This time we did pay our tram fare, though jumped off at Woolworths for some cold drinks and another packet of Tim Tams (very popular Penguin-like biscuits), for our bedtime cuppa. Smashing! ☕️ We know how to live it up!
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    Aileen Johnston

    King Neptune 😀

    1/31/20Reply
    Aileen Johnston

    Looking quite at home

    1/31/20Reply
    Margaret Morris

    Fabulous!!☀️☀️☀️

    1/31/20Reply
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  • Day5

    Sydney Christmas in summer with 30°C

    November 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Today was a perfect sunny day. Just enough windy to forget the burning sun.
    I discovered around Oxford street the first Christmas decoration. A real fake Christmas tree.

    I was brave and went through the typical tourists attractions:
    Manly beach
    Sydney opera house
    Harbour bridge
    The rocks

    By the way, there is no Burger King brand here. It's named Hungry Jack. Who is Jack? I will find out

    I finished the day with a comedy show. Pure Australian humour. Not to easy to understand but it seems that Australian people has humour. The show was at a queer location with Diverse artists. Surprise the show started with a statement , more an apology about violence made to arborigens in the past and discrimination to the queer community.
    Australian is still busy to work out the country past.
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    Celine Bord

    I am now spotted in Sydney by the app. Hurra

    11/7/19Reply

    Hi Celine, thank you for the possibility to follow your world trip🤗 I wish you a wonderful time and unforgettable moments during your journey. Hope to see you one day in Berlin. Have a nice time and many greetings, Sevda😘👋

    11/8/19Reply

    Wow 😉

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  • Day56

    Sightseeing Sydney

    January 1, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nach einem laaangen Erholungsschlaf 😴😴 zogen wir los um die Stadt zu erkunden:
    Hafenrundfahrt, Opernhaus, botanischer Garten,...

    Wir kamen auch bei einigen Party-Booten sowie einem riesen Festival vorbei - die Aussis wissen definitiv wie man feiert!! 😆🍺🍸

    Abends kochten wir uns zur Abwechslung wieder mal selber etwas Leckeres! 🤗😋

    A&C
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  • Day9

    Stunning Sydney

    January 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Enjoyed an early morning pre breakfast dip in the lovely deserted hotel pool, before catching an Über to the airport (cheaper than the train). We were sorry to leave Brisbane - what a lovely, friendly, easy-to-find-your-way-about city. Our Virgin Australia flight to Sydney was quick and comfortable, and included complimentary refreshments. Getting into the centre of the city was easy, with a direct train from the airport to Sydney Central in 15 minutes (Glasgow Airport please take note!). Our hotel - the Rendezvous Central - was close to the station at a busy traffic junction, and more of a business type than the the more tourist-friendly ones we have enjoyed so far. With a cloudy sky and very British brick-like buildings around the enormous Central Station, it resembled a North of England town and, until the sun came out, I could have sworn we were in Wigan! Still it was handy for local transport.

    Following the advice in our guide book, we took the local train over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Milson’s Point, from where we walked back to the city over this iconic, world famous bridge. We had fabulous views over Sydney harbour and the iconic Sydney Opera House. Thereafter we had a walk around the now trendy Rocks area and Circular Quay, busy with numerous ferries plying their way back and forth to surrounding areas.

    After an early supper, we took the tram back to our hotel. We thought we could use our contactless cards on the tram, but discovered they had to be activated before boarding. I enjoyed the thrill of ‘dogging it’, (skipping my fare), although Campbell was convinced we would thrown into the Sydney equivalent of Sing Sing!
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  • Day6

    Blue Mountains

    November 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    I spent the day at the Blue Mountains about 2hours with the train from Sydney. I came back just in time because fire started in the region . This was in the news tonight.
    Beautiful place. The color blue comes from the eucalyptus forest that have a blue color due to the eucalyptus oil reflecting sun in blue.Read more

    Très jolie

    11/9/19Reply

    C'est joli

    11/13/19Reply
    Jenny Bluhm

    Entfernte Ähnlichkeit mit dem Elbsandsteingebirge😉

    11/13/19Reply
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  • Day319

    Sydney

    February 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nachdem die restliche Weiterfahrt ohne weitere Probleme über die Bühne ging, kamen wir am Sonntag Nachmittag in Sydney an. Den restlichen Tag relaxten wir dann endlich mal wieder.

    Am nächsten Tag machten wir dann eine Tour zu Fuß durch die Stadt. Los ging es mit dem im CBD gelegenen Hyde Park, der der erste öffentliche Park Australiens ist. Gleich gegenüber liegt die Kathedrale St. Mary, die im neogotischen Baustil gebaut wurde und Sitz des Ertzbischoffs ist. Danach liefen wir zum Botanischen Garten. Dieser liegt östlich von der Oper und dem Circular Quay und bietet einen tollen Blick auf die Skyline. Im Sommer finden dort auch viele Veranstaltungen statt, z.B. auch ein Freiluftkino. Anschließend gingen wir zur weltberühmten Oper, dem Circular Quay und der Harbour Bridge. Es war heute mit knapp 30° Grad und blauem Himmel das perfekte Wetter für unsere Tour. Wir schlenderten dann noch durch das Viertel The Rocks, das viele alte Gebäude aus den Anfängen der Stadt hat. Zum Abschluss gingen wir noch in den erst 2015 fertig gestellten Barangaroo Park, der zuvor ein Industrieviertel war und direkt vor dem Hafen liegt. Die Anlage ist wirklich gelungen und lädt zum Verweilen ein. Der Blick auf die Harbour Bridge ist von dort aus gigantisch. Wir ließen den Tag in einem Pub später ausklingen.

    Tags darauf kümmerten wir uns zunächst um die weitere Reiseplanung in Australien und dem nächsten Land. Dann kochten wir zu Mittag, was wir im Moment echt genießen, da wir so lange keine Küche mehr hatten. Am Nachmittag ging es dann zum Bondi Beach, der vor allem durch das Surfen bekannt ist. Dort verbrachten wir dann auch die Zeit bis kurz vor dem Abendessen. Morgen geht es dann schon wieder weiter an der Ostküste in Richtung Brisbane.
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    Georg Henning

    Gut schau’s aus Michl, das muß ich schon mal sagen 👍

    2/24/20Reply
    Michael Künnell

    Danke Georg.😉

    2/24/20Reply
     
  • Day9

    Sydney Sightseeing

    October 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Mit dem Hop on Hop off Bus ging es (nach einer etwas längeren Suche der Haltestelle) auf Stadterkundung. Es gab zwei Tourschleifen. Zuerst fuhren wir die Schleife zum Bondi Beach, mit einer Hammer schönen Ausblick auf die Skyline und sehr viele Villen in der Vorstand. Danach wechselten wir auf die Rundfahrten im Stadtzentrum, bei der alle Sehenswürdigkeiten angefahren wurden. Die Harbour Bridge, die Opera, der Botanische Garden... Es war eine sehr lange und extrem heiße Fahrt, da die Sonne die ganze Zeit auf einen scheinte und der Stadtverkehr dafür sorgte das man des Öfteren zum Stehen kommt, anstatt den Fahrtwind genießen zu können. Doch es war Lustig die betrunkenen Jugendlichen zu beobachten wie sie in Lederhosen und "Dirndl" auf dem Weg zum Oktoberfest waren, das jedes Jahr auch in Australien statt findet. Es hatte wirklich sehr viel Ähnlichkeit mit dem originalen nur die Größe und auch die Outfits (extrem knappe Röcke, sodass man beide Pobacken sehen konnte) wichen etwas von der deutschen Version ab. Letztendlich verschlug es uns wieder an den Darling Harbour, mit den vielen Bars und Restaurants und den Happy Hour'n🍻🍻
    Nach dem wir es uns etwas gut gingen lassen, schauten wir noch das Halbfinale des Rugby World Cups. Neuseeland verlor gegen England (7:19), was sehr schade war, da wir wussten wie traurig unsere Gastfamilie sein wird... Aber trotzdem war es ein sehr spannendes Spiel und zur Feier des Abends gab es sogar noch ein Feuerwerk. 🎇🎆🎇🎆
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    Christiane E.G.

    Die Iren sind auch sehr traurig, uebers fruehe Ruby aus.... 😥

    10/27/19Reply
    Vanessa und Marc

    Oh ja das glaube ich, ihr seid eigentlich auch immer sehr gut... 😫

    10/27/19Reply
     

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