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Sydney City

This morning I woke to the happy sounds of my niece and nephew having breakfast and getting distracted from the school routine. I left them be and got my coffee, pondering what we (my brother was today’s chaperone) would do today.

Although I have been to Sydney before, going up the tower hasn’t been part of that, so it was something I really wanted to do.
For a cheap, and definitely easier trip we took the ferry to Darling Harbour and walked through the city.
I had decided that I would skip the whole photo taking frenzy I normally do, and simply enjoy the moment. Keep my memories in check to write as I could, and not be a total tourist*

As part of my quest to face my fear of heights I wanted to do the tour where you walk around the outside edge, but we were too late for one, and weren’t going to be around for the next. So, the observation deck it was, and seeing the whole of the harbour, and city from above is pretty cool, by anyone’s standards.

Sushi was our preferred lunch choice and afterwards walked through the Botanical gardens, and around past the Opera House to Circular Quay for the ferry home.

The first time I was in Sydney was 11 years ago, and it is still as impressive now as it was that first time on the top of the Spirit of Tasmania, coming in under the bridge. There is a certain beauty about the city on the waterfront.

The old melding with the new. The classic arches, pillars and sandstone architecture contrasting with the contemporary glass walls and concrete blocks of the new.
The smells, the sounds. Bustling, busy, always on the go.
Weird I know, but I found a certain peaceful, almost unhurried, quality about the people while we wandered the streets. Everything is busy, but there wasn’t the urgency to it like I’ve felt when in Brisbane.

On the way home we took a drive through tour of Olympic Park. The very same place thousands of people converged on back in 2000 when we held the Olympics here.
It is a gorgeous area – wide tree and flag lined streets – and the buildings are simply amazing. The aesthetics appear to have been well thought out, and the whole area fits together very nicely. Far from being a ghost town, it is well utilised with most of the arenas in use – swimming, hockey, tennis, athletics – plus convention halls, stadium for concerts and the Royal Easter Show being held close by each year.

And as I write this, the weather has turned, and there’s a thunder storm rumbling around outside.
Jen

Hobart to Sydney

Today, Saturday, I left Tassie for ‘the  mainland’ to spend a few days with my brother and his family before the long haul to LA on Wednesday.

Travel Tuesday, only just.

It’s half past ten, I’ve been home for half an hour from the meeting that is usually 2 hrs only (it was super productive!!!), I’ve been busy all week and weekend, and nearly toddled off to bed without getting these pictures up and published.
Is been a while since we’ve received any, if you haven’t, or even if you have, please send more!! We Kelly love seeing them in the post.
On our way to the airport this morning hubby and I stopped in and got Kelly’s new batch of postcards on the wall. Which is interesting as most of these are from her herself, that she posted from her long weekend away. And it gives me a chance to snow some of you more of our beautiful state of Tasmania.
I may be quiet for a few days as I have my market meeting this week, at least one, a market to attend, a craft room to clean after the storm that went through, and all the usual family requirements. I do still read your blogs, I am just a few days, a week late, but I will get a round to it (and doing lots of ‘liking’ to share my love :-D)

Stanley.

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Smithton, where one of my sisters used to live.

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Burnie. A very industrial town.

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Table Cape.

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Campbell Town (which I have shown you before.

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Cow Art at Ashgrove chessery.

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A really nice one of Sydney from another friend.

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And the best, as its Halloween, one from Transylvania.

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Some of my travel pics…

Some pictures I have taken on our travels that I like.  They may not be the best quality or composure  but they all have memories for me 🙂

Byron Bay Lighthouse 2008

Sydney Harbour bridge, from across the train tracks at the station

middle of nowhere - Qld/NT Aust

Three Wise Men - Port Macquarie

Jenolan Caves, NSW

ZigZag Railway NSW

The beautiful waters of ex-Uranium mine, Mary Kathleen, Qld

and another view of the remains of the open cut mine

Daydream Island from the boat

Queenstown Tas

Dam, Qld somewhere

the anthills of opal mining, Cooper Pedy, S.A.

Hope you enjoy these.
Keep smiling 🙂
Jennifer