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Our base for the stay in Sydney was the Travelodge on Wentworth Avenue which surpised us really because it was very nice and also it was a great location right near Hyde park. We decided to go exploring in the sunshine and took a Saturday afternoon stroll through the very cool Hyde park into the city centre. The next stop was to grab to some lunch and we ended up with some great Thai food from the food hall located at the top of the Westfield shopping mall (there was pretty much any type of food available in there).

On Sunday we walked through a sunny Hyde park again where we had a look in the Anzac memorial centre where they exhibit some of the items/stories of those who lost their lives in war and then carried on down to the harbour for our first views of the bridge and Opera house. The harbour area has a great feel good vide and is surrounded with a good selection of cafes/bars so we took advantage of the sunshine with a cold beer. After walking around the Opera House we walked to the other side of the harbour taking a look in some of the shops and then a walk up to the bridge. We could only get to edge of the main bridge as to actually walk on the bridge itself involves paying for a tour which we decided not do due to our daily budget for Australia already being blown to pieces as it's generally very expensive throughout Australia! In the evening Leight dragged us to visit the Hard Rock Cafe at Darling Harbour which is another really cool place where you can look back at the impressive city.

Over Monday and Tuesday we did some more exploring around the city especially around the main harbour area which again we really enjoyed. The weather had decided to take a turn for the worst and our good english friend the 'rain' decided to join us for some heavy downpours, so we decided not to take any of the ferry rides to Manly beach or even the bus to Bondi as we wanted to just relax and didn't fancy getting drenched anymore. Mums friends Mick and Maureen were also in Sydney the same time so we met them back in the food court for some healthy pie, chips and gravy (ahh gravy)!

On mums last night we decided to treat her to a show at the Opera House so managed to buy 3 tickets to 'Macbeth' on the Tuesday night before she returned home on Wednesday. As it had been my birthday the week before Mum flew into Australia she (& David) treated us to a nice meal so we took the opportunity to eat before the show in the Opera Bar and Leight had the his best steak ever. The show itself was good but perhaps not something we would rush to see again......Leight left feeling slighty cheated as he has never really been to a theatre show before and wrongly thought it would be like pantomine shows he'd seen as kid (but better) so he was quite disappointed that there were no 'special effects & no ugly sister's in the show!

If we could sum up our visit to Sydney in 5 or so words/statements.

1) Our favourite city so far on the trip
2) Impressive Harbour
3) Leighton won't be going to a shakespeare play again
4) Expensive!
5) Would love to go back

Random sights/things in Sydney.

1) Me, Leight & mum lying on single beds in the same room eating Dominos Pizza watching the box

Posted by Gem-Leight 15:46 Archived in Australia

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Hi from old Bill, been neglecting you, blame the weather in Uk. Just heard last night that Big Bob & Little Bee are with you in Florida. Have a great time & watch out foe the big reptiles in the Everglades. I'm going to have a serious look at all your photos-keep happy & perky xx

by bill whitwam

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