Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Sydney, Australia, Day 3!

The next day we took the "Hop on Hop off" bus around Sydney...
to see what we couldn't see from the boat!

I have to admit I have a certain fascination with interesting architecture, reflections, and clouds!

Now this is one type of building I've not seen before!
Not sure how they did this...but the building was growing plants all up the sides of it!!!

I think the Aussies have seen and have been fascinated by the Hollywood Capitol building!!!
Check out the similarities here..

I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of the two buildings, and what I think was a bridge...

On a mission!  
Ramona and Pat in the photo, and TheChief and I were on a mission to find
Kerrigans Barbecue...
recommended by a friend as the best barbecue in Australia.

Along the way I saw this and loved the lines!

We thought we were on our way to a good restaurant...
with relaxed dining...good beer or wine...and great food.
...we found it!
Only no indoor dining at this one!  A barbecue food truck!
Beer and wine available inside at the bar of the hotel where the truck is parked!
Delightful outdoor dining over looking the water...
...and great food!

On our way back to the "Hop on Hop off" bus we saw... guessed it...view #9 of the bridge!!!

I just can't get enough of these buildings, reflections, and clouds!

The Motley crew...
Pat, Ramona, TheChief, TheChieftess, Michele and Dick!
Since Pat, Ramona, Michele and Dick weren't with us for our "Hop on Hop off" boat tour...
...we decided to do it again!!!

Now this is something I wasn't expecting to see!
Several people rappelling down the fins of the Sydney Opera House!
Don't know if they were cleaning it, or had special privileges to do this...
...but how cool is this???

TheChief and I hanging out by one of the canons on Fort Dennison Island in the harbour.

Today's primary stop was Manly Beach...first we had find the perfect spot for lunch!

Pretty nice view from our lunch spot!

Then a walk on the beach!
And on to... guessed it!  Watson's Bay!!!
TheChief happens to be the one who made me a Watson!!!

A cocktail or two at this harbour side bar...

...watching the sunset over the boats moored in the bay.

And the last sunset shot on our way back to Darling Harbour, and our hotel!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Sydney, Australia...Day 2

Our first sunset in Sydney was a pretty spectacular one!

From the Hop on Hop off boat...

Yep...I think this is #5!

The Sydney Opera House from the boat...


I loved the reflections of the sunset in these windows!

Bridge view #7!!!  
And under the bridge is Luna Park...
...a very cool little amusement park all lit up for my photographic pleasure!!!

Yep...view #8!

Our guide, who was about our age...(and no I'm not going to divulge that but suffice it to say,
it's older than we feel!)...
...the face on the Luna Park entry was a much meaner face when the guide was a kid...
she said it was so scary kids often cried and so they turned it into a smiling face!

Again, I liked how the sunset reflected of the buildings here...

...and here!

The lights made everything spectacular!!!

I took this one on our walk back to our hotel.

More lights and reflections...can't get too much of that!!!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Sydney, Australia, Day 1!

On our first full day in Sydney, Australia, we hopped onto the "Hop on-Hop off" boat
for a scenic trip around the harbour.
According to our guide, Sydney harbour is the second largest harbour in the world!  
It's really massive and includes numerous smaller harbours...

Now...I'm not going to bore you with the names and descriptions of all the buildings I shot...
basically because I don't remember which ones they are or what was memorable...(haha!)
But, being that I'm a visual person and a photographer to boot...
...well...I'm definitely going to inundate you with photos!!!

Now...some of you may know and recognize this's the famous
Sydney Harbor Bridge...
You'll be seeing quite a lot of this bridge throughout my Australia posts!!!

If you're counting...that's 2!

Sydney has a lovely skyline!
And I loved capturing the reflections of the other buildings in this tall one!

And yes...this is the famous Sydney Opera House!
There are many more pics to come of this architectural beauty!!!

See?  It's a beautiful skyline!

Lot's of boating going on in the harbour...

Yep...that's 3!!!

Our first stop of the day was none other than...
Watson's Bay!!!
For those of you who haven't read my bio...
TheChieftess (that's me!) is aka Kathryn Watson!!!

On the very right hand side of this land mass is Sydney's first nude beach.
We were too far out for any good shots or I would have posted a grander pic of the beach!
Our guide on the boat told us that back in the 50's and 60's there used to be a law about
how wide the bottoms of a two piece swimsuit could be.
The officials even carried a measuring tap or stick to measure the sides!
Well, the Aussie people didn't like that all that much...
...and one day, the beach goers all dropped their drawers and went au naturelle!!!
Ever since, this and several other beaches are designated as nude beaches!
(we didn't test that out...but our guide was pretty adamant about the story!)

This building reminded me of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood...

See that yellow and green ferry?  That is the public transportation ferry!
It's kind of like a cattle ship...lots and lots of people!

Yep...that's 4!!!

See the tower on the left?  That's the Sydney (Weisfield) Tower.  And yes SoCal folks...
that's the same Weisfield as many of our malls.
You can go up there (for a nominal fee) and get a pretty view of the city.
But if you want to go to the upper deck, it's even more money...
Fortunately for our bank account, we were there late and the upper deck was already closed. 

This is the entry to the Taronga's supposed to be a really nice zoo...
but it was out of our price range for the last hour of the day so the only animal we saw...

...was this Elk head on the building!!!

We took a great gondola ride back down to the boat though!

Just after the crowds boarded the public ferry, we were waiting for our Hop on Hop off boat...
...and I saw this cute couple taking pics of their cute baby.
I'm guessing they're pretty new at this baby stuff!

And another shot of the Sydney Opera House as we make our way to the next stop!

We were heading into a glorious sunset...but you'll have to wait until the next post for those pics!!!

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