So… we brought the rain with us to Sydney… its good really. It probably kept us from overdoing it with our tired and jet-lagged selves.
1st day… just get to the hotel!! THAT was a big walk from Central Station at Town Hall through to the other side of Darling Harbor. Yeah for a hotel that welcomed us at 9:30 am, let us drop our bags while we wandered off to find some breakfast.
Back at 11:30 to shower and nap… glorious horizontal sleep!!! Up and out around 4 to catch the last 20 minutes of the the free section of the Maritime Museum (otherwise known by Keenan as the Martini Museum! hmmm… I wonder what that would look like?) And finding some dinner and wandering around Harborside in the rain… Thinking a little smarter and catching the Monorail… THAT was a hit. Every time we hopped on, we went around an extra turn before getting off… taking advantage of dry warm seats and the happy kidsos in awe of the city lights at night.
2nd day, the next morning, still rainy and blustery, we went to the Powerhouse Museum. Being a homeschool parent, I was ESPECIALLY fond of this place. This is a ginormous interactive museum. Its been around a while… I went to it a couple times when I’ve been in Sydney on other occasions. The big space section was a highlight… specifically the anti-gravity capsule. The energy conservation section. The science show using liquid nitrogen and other fun showy things was fascinating for the kids.
Paddy’s markets (picture above) where we went for lunch overwhelmed us with the amount of people and noise. Compounded by our extreme exhaustion, I think we are definitely small town people! 🙂
We put the kids down for a bit of a rest at 4pm… well that was the end of that!! They would NOT wake up to eat the pizza we ordered, until 5pm the next morning.
3rd day… SUNSHINE! Glorious sunshine. We packed up and they held our bags down stairs while we outside for a morning of walking and sightseeing through the city.
We headed over Pyrmount Bridge (pic #1), wandering through the city (pic #2 – the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. I love all the old buildings)…
Then over to Circluar Quay where we gazed at the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House…
…walking back through the Royal Botanical Gardens and as you can see the boys LOVED the big trees. We saw lots of fabulous birds, and native Australian plants which we identified for our notebooks. We’ll see if we actually every MAKE our notebook pages. BUT we have still enjoyed them, if not!
We spent the last half hour wandering through the Rocks… a fascinating area of old buildings and historical sights, reading all the signs on the walls. Old rocks and cobblestone streets, lots of moss, tiny alleys and crooked stairs. The second picture above was Sydney’s first hospital. Now its the police station. Then we hoofed it back to our hotel to catch our taxi to the airport and head off to Cairns… Nana and Puppa here we come!
Just in time for fish and chips on the beach. It’s so WARM!!! WE BROUGHT THE CLOUDS TO CAIRNS – but at least they are WARM clouds!!