Australia Day Three: I Finally Made It “Down Under” And The Delays And Long Are Forgotten As Soon As I Saw Sydney Harbour.
It took me an extra day, and a long fifteen hour plane flight, which was hard on my back, but I safely arrived in Sydney around 8 a.m. this morning. Australian customs were efficient and quick and after a nice taxi ride with a pleasant driver I arrived at my hotel, the Holiday Inn Old Town Sydney. I had my first good news of the trip when I was told a room was already available for me. I got my luggage into my room, changed into to some Summer cloths, it was partly cloudy and with temperatures in the 70’s here, and wasted no time checking out Sydney.
My hotel is located in The Rocks section of Sydney one of the older neighborhoods in the city. I quickly discovered why, when I came upon the huge rock walls that give the neighborhood it’s name.
There were many tourists walking the old streets which were lined with restaurants, pubs, gifts shops and other small stores.
I really wasn’t feeling tired so I decided to walk across the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. I had to walk up a few old staircases along the old streets to reach this massive structure.and I wasn’t the only one who decided to walk it and cross Sydney Harbour.
It was crowded with tourists from many countries, local school children, and folks just walking or running across to stay fit. But they were also all there for the view. And it was a magnificent. Of course the first thing I noticed was the famous Sydney Opera house. It really sunk in that, yes, I was on the other side of the planet. I took many photographs of Opera House and beautiful Sydney harbour on my walk. Here is a link to some of those photographs.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-three-sydney-harbour-and-opera-house-february-6-2016
I walked up to an observation area on the bridge where the views were even more spectacular. There was also a nice museum explaining the history of the bridge which opened in march of 1932. Here is a link to some more photographs of my walk over the Harbour Bridge . https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-three-sydney-harbour-bridge-february-6-2016I crossed the harbor and headed back to the area of The Rocks near my hotel, again passing the many crowds of tourists. I made my way down to the harbour and enjoyed more views of both the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. A large Carnival cruise ship is in port and with it a lot of tourists.
I walked along the wharves of Old Sidney, most of them converted into shops or restaurants. And like all cities the water brought out all kinds of people including tourists, locals, school kids enjoying their day of a lot of entertainers playing music and creating a festive atmosphere. In, fact, they were setting up for a celebration of the Chinese New Year tonight, I want to see it but, it was a very long flight and I probably will be sound a sleep very early. Here is a link to more photographs from my walk around The Rocks and Sydney Harbour. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-three-sydney-the-rocks-february-6-2016
I’d love to come to Australia. I’d love to walk about the Sydney Opera House. Nik Wallenda