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Oh the opera house!

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Arriving in Sydney driving in over the harbour bridge with the opera house to my left was no doubt the most overwhelming moment of my trip so far. Just absolultely breathtaking. That was saturday and since then I have taken hundreds of photos of the opera house from every angle possible - so be prepared to be bored guys! So I headed off down to Darling Harbour and soaked up the atmosphere. Saturday was also Mardi Gras parade, so I headed down to Hyde Park and Oxford street early to get a good view. The atmosphere was amazing there, I watched the parade with a 81 year old lady who moved out her 50 years ago and comes to the parade every year! (Nanny Rose: how do you fancy it?) I also seen some sites that shouldn't have been let out as you can well imagine and the Ikea Kitchen float was very interesting.
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On Sunday I went down to The Rocks, again took lots of pictures of the opera house went to the markets and botanical gardens. In the afternoon the sun came out and I hopped on a ferry to Manley across the harbour for a lazy afternoon on the beach. Sunday night I caught up with a friend from Byron and we headed to the Opera House bar situated under the opera house. Just as we arrived the thunderstorms began and we got a fantastic view of the harbour. We then soon made some more friends who showed us the delights of Oxford Street until the wee hours of the morning. Monday the weather was awful and I felt awful so just spent some time shopping...I had to purchase some shoes as its a bit difficult getting in places with flips flops on (oh well! ;-) )DSCF0699.jpg

On Tuesday I'd booked a trip to the Blue Mountains, so called because of all the Eucalyptus trees and the oil evaporates off giving a blue haze - unfortunatley i didn't really get to see the haze as it was a cloudy day. But it was a worthwhile trip and somewhere I would like to go back to and spend some more time. DSCF0756.jpgDSCF0752.jpgAs part of trip you take a scenic railway down teh valley where the Three Sisters are situated. these are the most famous rock fomraction in the Blue Mountains and there is an old aborginal tale about a father converting his daughters to stone to protect them, then he died and never got a chance to turn them back. But anyway the scenic railway - not so scenic because its the steepest railway in the world with a 52 degree incline and at one point I thought it was going to turn into Oblivion at Alton Towers! On the way back from the Mountains wes topped at the Sydney Olympic Park which was well worth the visit to have a look round, although it did remind me of Milton Keynes road lay out!

Wednesday saw me heading up to the Rocks again to Climb the Harbour Bridge - another excellent experience really well organised and not as tough as I imagined, the summit of the bridge is 174m above sea level and it is 75 years old on March 19th. You will have to wait for me to come home to see the photos of that, as you can't take anything up with you. DSCF0787.jpg

Thursday I headed over to Bondi Beach which is a bit of a struggle to get to but worth the effort and I did the well covered coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee which had some spectacular views of the coast. Then I headed off to watch the Muscial Priscilla - Queen of the Desert! ABSOLUTLEY FANTASTIC, lots of singing and dancing, and that was from me. I managed to end up on stage doing some country dancing (the practice at Suzy and James's wedding set me in good stead for my stage performance!).

Friday was my last day In Sydney but I had a great day. I had a guided tour around the Opera House which I highly reccommed, I got to see the two concert halls, both of which are separate building to the outside sails. Some of the Opera House is situated below harbour level and there are over 1000 rooms! I then took a Harbour Cruise and found a lovely place to live called Middleharbour but think i'll need to start playing the lottery!

I'm now at the airport about to depart to Auckland, i'll definaltley be coming back to Australia at some point! x

Posted by emmahannon 23:07 Archived in Australia

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Hi Emma - Dad said you had phoned home and told M & D how briliant Sydney was and it is great to read your observations. You certainly made us feel that we must try and get over to Oz, especially as Paul has lived there before so he can also be our guide. When I saw your Dad yesterday (Friday) he said you were flying to NZ - so expect that will be very different, but another part of your adventure - enjoy! Love from The Graingers PS Will set aside at least a day so I can see all the photos!

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