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Fleet Steps

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  • Day224

    Sights of Sydney

    April 18, 2017 in Australia

    Today we spent the day wandering around the Sydney harbour area and saw some of the sights of, from the ground this time! It was particularly impressive for me, seeing the iconic sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the first time. There aren't actually many truly iconic places we've been on our travels, ones that most people would instantly know - Sydney definitely, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and possibly Halong Bay in Vietnam; but they all make your spine tingle when you first see them. Around the harbour area, we also saw The Rocks, the area where the first convict immigrants landed in Australia back in the 1800s and circular quay where all the ferries depart from. The cruise ship terminal is also here and there was a huge liner docked - we think it was the same one that we saw docked in Wellington back when we got the ferry from the South to North Island of NZ - small world!

    Sydney has a real "big city" feel about it, the first such city we've seen since Bangkok (although Auckland may have had that feeling, if we hadn't been there on a Bank Holiday weekend). Unsurprisingly that Sydney feels big really, as its population is about 5 million people; more than the entire population of New Zealand! Perhaps surprisingly for such a big city, we also saw plenty of wildlife whilst wandering the sights today. Whilst we were walking under the Harbour Bridge we saw lots of beautiful metallic coloured beetles (see photo). Then this afternoon we spent some time in the Botanic Gardens and we saw lots of different birds, including parakeets, cockatoos, ibis, a heron and, best of all, a real-life wild kookaburra - we really must be in Australia now we've seen a kookaburra!

    The weather was perfect today too - temperature in the narrow window that all 3 of us are comfortable & happy (i.e. I think between 20-22C!), mostly sunny and still. Back at our apartment, we cooked dinner and enjoyed the sunset view across Darling Harbour out of our window whilst we ate. We also happily found out that Solana has got a place at our first choice primary school, St Chads. We hope that those of you who are also awaiting school places have received good news too.
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  • Day29

    Sydney my Love :)

    January 28 in Australia

    Heute musste ich mich von den gestrigen Strapazen erst mal erholen 😂
    Ausschlafen, Zeitverschiebung hinbekommen, richtig ankommen und das neue Klima (drückend heiß, aber ziemlich bewölkt ⛅️) verdauen.
    Aber wie immer führt mich mein erster Spaziergang ganz automatisch direkt runter zum Circular Quay - mit tollem Blick aufs Opernhaus und die Harbour Bridge 😊
    Nachdem ich es die letzen Jahre nie geschafft habe ein Ticket für das St. George Open Air Cinema zu ergattern hat’s heute tatsächlich geklappt. Bin einfach auf gut Glück in den Botanischen Garten gelaufen und da gab's doch glatt jemand der sein Ticket verkaufen wollte 😃
    Für mich hat dieses Kino den schönsten Ausblick auf der ganzen Welt 🌟🌟🌟
    Die Leinwand ist im Wasser und im Hintergrund ist das Opernhaus und die Harbour Bridge zu sehen!
    Auf dem Spielplan steht ein italienischer Film 🎥
    Sydney hat einfach so viel zu bieten 💖💖
    Ich würde am liebsten ewig bleiben 😊
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  • Day5

    Royal Botanic Gardens

    October 22, 2017 in Australia

    I needed a quieter day today so I spent it in the Botanic Gardens. I started with a guided tour and while we didn’t go very far it was very informative. It didn’t just focus on the Australian plants but other interesting ones as well. Towards the end of the tour we were discussing the drought and the guide lamented how dry that particular part of the garden looked, an English woman said it did look very dry. I thought it looked fine but as Sydney gets four times the rainfall of the area I grew up it really is all a matter of perspective.

    After some lunch I made my way over to Mrs Macquarie’s chair. I have to confess I was a bit disappointed that it is really more of a bench than a chair, I was expecting more of a throne style chair carved out of the rock.
    As I was making my way back the the Gardens it started to rain, it wasn’t too bad to start with but got heavier. I went out without an umbrella or jacket so I got pretty wet although it was still quite warm
    I made my way back to the cafe to wait out the rain. It eventually stopped, I was trying to make my way to the bus stop but managed to get myself a bit lost. I eventually made my way out of the Gardens.

    The rainbow trout for tea tonight. It was okay but I definitely preferred the mullet and whiting.
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