Well we had to wait until our last day to see Sunny Sydney but we were blessed today with a fantastic day which we spent cruising around the Harbour. We have now posted a few photos of our stay here including the Bridge Climb. So here are our thoughts about the last few days.
First of all hats off to Sydney we love it here and the Sydnonians (if that's what they are called) are friendly and helpful at all times and they all seem so happy.....and who wouldn't be, living in this city. On our first night we were still feeling jet lagged so limited our evening to a visit to a nearby pub for a pizza and a pint and then a stroll back to the hotel in the rain and getting lost on the way but with some fantastic nighttime views of the Harbour and we did not mind the rain as it was very warm.
On the following day we hoped for sun but to no avail as it rained nearly all day. We were a bit annoyed as we had come all this way and arrived for the first wet spell of an otherwise long hot summer in Sydney. With true British stoicism we made the best of it and went on a tour of the Opera house which was fascinating and then a tour of the Modern Art Gallery which had some fantastic Aboriginal Art. By this time I (Frank) had to go and make my way to the Bridge for my long awaited Bridge Climb birthday present, much thanks to Ian, Kelly, Duncan, Julia, Andy and Sarah. The weather forecast predicted thunder and lightning and lots of rain. Fortunately for me the rain stopped and there was no lightning which would have been a reason to cancel the climb, so as you will see in the pics I made it to the top for my "sunset climb" minus sunset! Any way it was a brilliant experience. Also just as I finished it started to rain heavily again so I was very lucky!
Today our last day here in Sydney we were blessed with sunshine which really set the scene for our hop on hop off boat tour of the harbour. Our first stop was Taronga Zoo, cleverly built down the hillside. A cable car zoomed us up to the top and we made our way slowly back down seeing loads of animals on the way. I (Christine) didn't go much on the snakes, especially the most venomous one in the world, but loved the koalas, liked the giraffes and was fascinated by the body language exhibited by the gorillas. We then moved on to Watson Bay and walked on a cliff top from which you could see views of the Pacific on one side and the harbour on the other. We stopped for a delicious tea with dainty sarnies and scones, jam and cream at Dunbar House, see photo, while we waited for the boat. All in all a perfect day and I can really see why people would want to emigrate here.