The Rocks

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  • Day25

    Sydney Day 3

    August 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We all had a lazy morning and a very leisurely walk around the botanical gardens followed by a late afternoon boat trip to see Manley. You catch a fast boat from circular quay which takes 18 minutes and is basically the commuter ferry. I imagine in the height of the summer it’s bustling little place which boasts the second best beach after Bondi in Sydney!Read more

  • Day4

    Sydney - Iconic

    December 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Jetzt also Sydney... dieses Jahr von Bränden umzingelt, von Rauch eingehüllt, brütend heiß. Doch wie schon gesagt: wenn‘s läuft, läuft‘s. Der Wind hat gedreht und die Stadt vom Rauch befreit, es herrschen angenehme Temperaturen.
    Dennoch fremdeln Sydney und ich am Anfang ein bisschen, das liegt vermutlich an knitteriger Müdigkeit und etwas bedecktem Wetter. Außerdem ist es voll... sehr voll. Denn die Welt ist zu Gast in Sydney. Und wenn ich sage die Welt, dann meine ich die ganze Welt... fast wie eine riesige Arche Noah der Kulturen. Allerdings wurden von jeder Nationalität mehrere Exemplare geschickt, besonders viele aus Deutschland und England, vielleicht um auf Nummer sicher zu gehen.
    Aber dann... die zwei Bauwerke, die Sydney unvergleich machen. Die Harbour Bridge, elegant und mächtig aus Stahl geschwungen, das Tor zur Stadt, sie trägt den Spitznamen „Coathanger“ mit Würde. Und das Sydney Opera House, auf den Felsen geschmiegt wie riesige Muscheln, die jeden Moment zuklappen wollen. Aus jeder Perspektive wirkt es anders, mal langgestreckt, mal ein bisschen gedrungen, leicht in die Höhe gereckt, breit über das Wasser blickend. Je nach Wetter weiß strahlend oder manchmal ein bisschen bescheidener in gedecktem Weiß. Aber immer beeindruckend!
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  • Day24

    Sydney Day 2

    August 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    Today is David’s Birthday and he chose to go to Bondi Beach which we did on the open top bus. It was sunny today and very windy but glad we went....been there , done that and didn’t buy a tee shirt! 😊
    We had an early tea and went to the Opera House in the evening to see Aida, it was an experience not to be missed but not sure that we are converts to Opera just yet 🤔
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  • Day58

    Sydney and Carmen

    February 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    We spent the day in Sydney, Australia wandering around this beautiful harbor city. We spent our morning in the historical area founded by convicts. Stealing a handkerchief or a loaf of bread in England meant a sentence of 7 years in the penal colony of Australia. Practically, that sentence was for life because there was no way to buy your passage back to England. Essentially, England was simply attempting to export its surplus of poor people. By hard work and the Grace of God Australia became a success. Settlers came to see that in many ways relatively classless Australia was better than England. Certainly the weather was more comfortable. Tonight we go to see Carmen at the Sydney opera house.

    As soon as Carmen died (we knew she would) we got up from our seats to leave Sydney Opera House and we were surprised to find that it was raining kangaroos and koalas. The forecast had a ten percent chance of rain, but there was thunder and lightning and a south-of-the-equatorial downpour. We were all in our glad rags, so all of us Wikings waited in the opera house for some break in the rain. But soon it looked as though Carmen would get resurrected before the rain slacked off. We and our shipmates were the only people remaining in the building, and a few tired Australian security guards looked as though they wanted to get home to their supper of krumpets or whatever these people down under eat. They quietly started pulling these velvet ropes across the exits, so we figured we better brave the deluge and get out. Our ship had relocated to the west edge of the Circular Quay, so we had about a half a mile to walk through a downpour. Thor’s hammer was kicking up a fuss, and buckets of the South Pacific soaked us down to our underwear for about a twenty-minute walk-run back to the ship. At some point in our hurried journey, about the time I felt little rivulets running down my legs, the situation got silly and we started giggling like a couple of fools. We finally saw the international passenger terminal ahead. Safety at last! As we walked quickly toward a young security guard he wanted to see our security pass. I dug it out of a drenched sport coat from a pocket filled with rainwater and he said, “Romantic! Just like Fred Astaire.” I said that “romantic“ was not exactly the word I had in mind. But he let us in and we came back onto the ship. Without even going back to the stateroom, we sloshed up to Mamsen’s and got a bowl of hot pea soup, a hunk of delicious brown bread, and a little glass of sherry. Now my heart is warm, my soul has been enriched by the wonderful music of Bizet, my girl is laughing, and I’m going to bed. Amen.
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  • Day3

    24 hours of travelling later...

    October 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    We arrived in Sydney. The first flight from Heathrow to Hong Kong went so smoothly and we slept so well that we got a bit arrogant for our second onward flight to Sydney. Little did we know that it would be quite the opposite experience!

    First, Harriet spilt a whole glass of chilled Coca Cola over my jeans, and then an hour later she went all clammy, had a collapse and was sick, and had to go and lie in the gulley while the air stewardesses and I fanned her and laid wet flannels on her head. This happened a further 3 times before we landed. Thankfully all was well again once she’d had a few drinks and a couple of bread rolls.

    We caught the train to our lovely hotel, dumped our bags, had the absolute best shower of our lives, and then set out to explore. The Harbour Bridge and Opera House were on our doorstep so we went for a great bit of lunch overlooking both. Then we walked to Darling Harbour where we sat and had a beer while watching the ferries come and go. Jet lag was catching up on us so we went for a local dinner and had a nice local Sydney lager in the hotel bar before bed.
    Climbing the Harbour Bridge tomorrow!

    Mart x
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  • Day1

    Sydney, The Rocks day 1

    March 25, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Sitting opposite the ship having the best coffee! Can see the bridge the ship and the opera house. Kids are still whinging and brady has hot chocolate all down his tshirt! 😬 good times 🤣
    I said we would go back to hotel and have a rest and maybe read a book soon since we were up before the sun! Addi’s reply was “yees! I can read the holy bible” 😱
    As we walked back to the markets we passed a musical busker Brady quite loudly said “is that a Xylophone that’s the worlds 2nd worst instrument we said what’s the first? his reply “have you head the bagpipes?” 🤦‍♀️😂
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  • Day63

    Goodbye Sydney & Australia!

    June 6, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Onze laatste dag in Sydney en ook Australië zit er bijna op :( Gelukkig was het vandaag redelijk droog en soms zelfs zonnig, dus we hebben alles gedaan wat we graag nog wilden doen. Chinatown, Chinese garden, Botanic garden en nog even kijken bij het Opera house.

    Afgelopen twee dagen stormde het en viel de regen met bakken uit de hemel. Er leek geen einde aan te komen! Wat we toen vooral hebben gedaan is winkelen, naar de bioscoop en nog meer winkelen :) En ook nog een rondleiding met gids door de historische wijk The Rocks. Erg leuk!

    Elianne vliegt morgen naar huis en ik naar de volgende bestemming: L.A.! Het was zo gezellig samen :) Ik ga je heel erg missen!
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  • Day716

    Australian Day in Sydney

    January 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Da es richtig voll ist an so einem Feiertag, heißt es nicht lange bleiben, sonder nichts wie raus aus der Stadt. Zudem ich eh nicht der Sydney Fan bin, ich gehöre definitiv zur Melbourne Fraktion!
    Also raus ins Grüne, ab in die Blue Mountains. Dort habe ich im Blackheath Glen Reserve for free geschlafen.
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  • Day4

    The Rocks & Luna Park

    November 23, 2013 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today the weather wasn't perfect so we postponed again Bondi beach (sunny day forecasted for tomorrow) so we took some time to explore The Rocks and Luna Park.

    Really good weather in the morning. There was a huge cruise ship at the International terminal and plenty of tourist filling quickly every corner of Circular Quay.

    We stroll along the water front all the way to Sydney Harbour Bridge where we captured great views of the Opera House. We then visited the weekend market, nothing especial and a bit touristy but enough to keep us busy.

    We spent some time walking around old buildings, including the oldest pub in OZ land. By now Ximena was really impatient so we grabbed the ferry for Luna Park.

    Similar to the one in St Kilda, I felt some especial charm in the place, like looking at something from the past. Definitely different to the theme parks in Gold Coast.

    Of course Ximena, a roller coaster maniac, couldn't resist getting 10 times on the Wild Mouse before a torrential rain started. Fortunately we found some shelter and had some lunch. It rained for about an hour and then clear sky again.

    After several rides, Ximena was getting tired and with some thunderstorm fast approaching we went back to the hotel to have a rest. The storm never reached Sydney so after having dinner we went to Circular Quay to have some photos of the Harbour at night and why not have a cup of coffee. Tomorrow is our last day and weather permitting, we will visit Bondi beach
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