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Day 7: Sydney

August 29, 2008

We woke up at 2:30am this morning to take the 3am shuttle to catch a 6am flight.  Ugh.  The other catch, we gain 2 hours when we get to Sydney.  Which is great, but we got into Sydney at 7am and it is really 9am NZ time.  The flight was great, Quantas again was superb.  When we arrived in Sydney, the airport was filled with mass chaos.  The only other mass chaos location that was as bad was Rome.  I think it was because about 5 international flights from all over the world arrived at the same time, making customs an utter nightmare.  Natives were getting restless.  Once we arrived at our hotel, we took off to Sydney Opera House.  I must say that I was not optimistic about our time here in Sydney, but again, I LOVE it.  Notice a trend…?  We had lunch harbor side at Circular Quay, then proceeded to our 1pm tour of the Opera House.  It was interesting, but an hour was enough.  I will say, I don’t feel that the inside lives up to the standard that is set by the outside of the structure.  It is kind of run down and archaic, but a World Heritage Site none the less.  After our tour we did my favorite vacay past time, coffee at a sidewalk/harbour side cafe.  It was great to sit and drink coffee with the Opera House on one side with the Aborigine band on the other.  We then ventured down to The Rocks, which is the first English settlement here in Sydney.  It was fabulous as well.  It was like being in an English Village, in the middle of a stylish city.  Sydney almost feels more British to me than London.  After shopping at The Rocks, we headed back to Circular Quay and got some ice cream and just took in the atmosphere at the Harbour.   Sydney has really surpassed all my expectations.  It is clean, modern, fun, and friendly all in the same place.   I will definitely be coming back here also.  I wish I was able to post some pictures, it is such an amazing place.  Tomorrow we are off to Cairns, another early morning flight!  This is the part of our vacation I have been looking forward to the most.  We are staying in a bungalow on the beach, hallelujah!!!!  I need a few rays!

Jer & Gwen Sydney Opera House

Jer & Gwen Cafe at Cricular Quay

The Rocks, Sydney

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  1. August 29, 2008 11:23 am

    I *adore* Sydney – it seems like such a family friendly city, esp. on Sundays. Ooooh, I’m so jealous right now!!!

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