My day off in Sydney

Now that the hustle and bustle of hosting Thanksgiving at my home in Sacramento with my kids, parents, boyfriend and ex! is over and a success to boot (Thanksgiving video composed by Indigo), I want to get back to sharing my Australia trip.

opera house
While I was teaching in Sydney, I had one day free to explore the city, and with a limited amount of free time I decided to ask my students as well as post a question on Facebook for suggestions of what to see. Lucky me Lisa Walton sent me a note offering to pick me up and do the tourist thing.

sydney ferryThe first thing on the list of suggestions was take the ferry across Sydney Harbor to ‘The Rocks’. So Lisa and I drove out to the far side of the harbor
sydney
to an area called Manly beach
manly
and took the ferry towards the city to get the spectacular view of the city skyline.sydney harbor
The magnificent Opera Houseopera house
old sydney harbor

The Customs Housecustoms house
The Rocks, an historic area of Sydney6 snail old sydney

old sydney
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If you are friends with Lisa on facebook or follow her blog  you know she always finds great spots to eat. We had a delicious lunch at a Malaysian restaurant for curry and the best roti bread I’ve ever had.lunch

After lunch we walked through downtown to see the sites including passing by a few aboriginal artistsaboriginal artists

Seeing large ibis walking in the parks the way we typically see pigeons was interesting.

ibis

 

 

The beautiful heritage Queen Victoria building was not to be missed, it’s now a huge posh shopping mallQueen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building Queen Victoria Building Queen Victoria Building

 

 

Down the street from the QVB was another shopping mall in another beautiful old building. I love architecture, so it’s really fun to see the different styles and details.sydney mall bldg

I adored coming across this alley filled with bird cages floating in the breeze hanging over an outdoor cafe.tower n cages
arch detail

post office

sydney skyline

 

After the ferry ride back, we drove over to manly beach
manly beach
and then back to Lisa’s to rest up a bit and go to dinner in Chinatown chinatown

with Marcelle Clark, who I first met in Melbourne in April at the Australasian quilt convention.dinner
What a great way to end a fabulous day in Sydney.

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