|Night view from Sydney Tower|
Once we got the clothing issue sorted, we walked through the Royal Botanic Garden. I was
|Top L to R: Cockatoos, Queen Victoria, Kookaburra|
Bottom L to R: St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney Harbor
|Top to Bottom: Chairlift, echidna, |
Tasmanian Devil, giraffes
Until you're there you can't tell how big the Sydney Opera House is; it’s enormous! The only
|L to R: Opera House, Alex and the purple carpet,|
Alex and the structure of the sails
|Top: Cynthia and Il Porcellino, Skyline|
Bottom: Aboriginal art, Birds and people in the
Royal Botanic Gardens
On Darling Harbor is the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. It was much bigger than we expected and pretty good when compared to other aquaria we’ve seen. Of course they had the iconic Sea Dragons, and Platypuses but I was surprised to see that they also had Dugongs (a lot like Manatees and were also mistaken for mermaids by sailors who’d be at sea for a very long time). We saw oodles of unusual sharks and rays and about as many screaming kids. One of the most interesting things we saw was the feeding of the rays. A handler dumped squid into the tank; as they settled to the bottom the rays dove after them and literally sucked them into their mouths. Rays have grinding plates rather than teeth so they can’t really bite, but do leave one heck of a hickey if they happen to latch onto your skin. Since we were at Darling Harbor anyway, we sat in one of the sidewalk cafes and had a glass of wine, then we walked the rest of the way around to the other side of the harbor and up about 50 steps to the Pyrmont Bridge. This pedestrian bridge provides beautiful views of the harbor, the ships and downtown Sydney.
|L to R: Dave on sub, Cynthia on ferry|
Beer can sailboat, Abseil for Youth
Once we finished in the Darling Harbor area, we walked through the 'Night Noodle Festival'
|Left: Night Noodle Festival, |
Right top to bottom: Red lanterns, Cooking stick food
I'm amazed at how many school groups we've seen and where we've seen them. The only day that there wasn't some sort of organized tour for a school was Sunday. Australian educators believe in taking kids on field trips, complete with papers for them to fill our and talks for them to listen to. And the kids are well behaved (except for that one that the teacher is always losing her religion over). At any rate, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is quite lovely, with or without groups of children trying to learn about plants. I really liked the Chinese Zodiac Animals hidden around the garden; the monkey was swinging from a branch of a tree. Along with the metal statues, information was provided about that particular sign and which other signs would be good friends. What I didn’t expect to see were the water dragons that were sleeping peacefully on rocks around the main pond or the nest-building activities of Australian White Ibises in that same area. This tranquil setting is a good way to end a visit to Sydney.
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