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Sydney 13/10/2010

Sydney 13/10/2010

Posted on: 13/10/10

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We finally got to Australia and arrived into Sydney on a beautiful hot sunny morning. It was so weird having spent so many months in Asia, all the pale faces, and all the signs in English. Our hotel was near Kings Cross, something like O’Connell street crossed with Londons Soho, sleazy, violent and full of wino’s and junkies, we immediately felt at home. The hotel itself was nothing special other than being cheap for Sydney. Room’s were clean when we got there, two sets of bunk bed’s a fridge and our own jax and shower, the family that dorm’s together stay’s together. The hotel was on Macleay street which is an up and coming area with some great deli’s, boutiques and and renovated buildings with the token laundry’s still plying their trade . We grabed a few hours kip and woke at about 2 pm and decided to go for a walk to get our bearings.

We were staying in Potts Point which is a little finger of land jutting out into Sydney Harbour. A couple of coves over is Bennelong Point where the opera house is situated, we decided to make our way there and get it over with on our first day. So we strolled down towards the sea and headed for the Royal Botanical Gardens which would bring us towards Sydney Cove. On the walk there we passed by Finger Wharf which much to Axel’s delight is where the Australian Navy dock their vessels. We made our way over to the gardens. We couldn’t get over the sounds of the birds, completely different than any we had heard before and different looking too. Flocks of parrots swooping all around and weird long billed things I have no idea as to what they are called, really strange to us. We walked from the gardens to the opera house listening to the birds and Axel’s regular gripes concerning walking. We turned the corner at Farm Cove and got our first sight of this iconic building with the bridge in the background. It’s such a lovely building, stunning in its design. It is amazing to think it caused such an uproar when the plans were first shown, what is it, what will it cost, now one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the world. Axel had thought we had walked enough for one day so we ate at a restaurant down at Circular Quay where all the ferries for the Suburbs dock and depart. We were somewhat shocked at how expensive it is here having spent the last eight months in the near and far east and with the Australian dollar being so strong so we went to see Sydney using the ferries rather than the more expensive tour boats. The next few days were taken up with sight seeing and organising our camper van for the rest of our stay in Australia.

We were staying in Potts Point which is a little finger of land jutting out into Sydney Harbour. A couple of coves over is Bennelong Point where the opera house is situated, we decided to make our way there and get it over with on our first day. So we strolled down towards the sea and headed for the Royal Botanical Gardens which would bring us towards Sydney Cove. On the walk there we passed by Finger Wharf which much to Axel’s delight is where the Australian Navy dock their vessels. We made our way over to the gardens. We couldn’t get over the sounds of the birds, completely different than any we had heard before and different looking too. Flocks of parrots swooping all around and weird long billed things I have no idea as to what they are called, really strange to us. We walked from the gardens to the opera house listening to the birds and Axel’s regular gripes concerning walking. We turned the corner at Farm Cove and got our first sight of this iconic building with the bridge in the background. It’s such a lovely building, stunning in its design. It is amazing to think it caused such an uproar when the plans were first shown, what is it, what will it cost, now one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the world.

Axel had thought we had walked enough for one day so we ate at a restaurant down at Circular Quay where all the ferries for the Suburbs dock and depart. We were somewhat shocked at how expensive it is here having spent the last eight months in the near and far east and with the Australian dollar being so strong so we went to see Sydney using the ferries rather than the more expensive tour boats. The next few days were taken up with sight seeing and organising our camper van for the rest of our stay in Australia.

 

 

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