Feb 23 – CROSSING THE CONTINENT AGAIN, WEST-TO-EAST
Sydney, Day 1: Long Walk from Darling Harbor to Circular Quay and Back Follows Freezing 4.5-hour Flight from Perth
Well, here we are, at the last leg of our Australian adventure – Sydney. We arrived at the country’s largest city in early evening after a 4.5-hour flight from Perth, shaking and shivering on a freezing flight despite our several requests to the crew to get the cabin temperature up.
Our Hawaiian Air flight from Honolulu to Brisbane was also cold. But this Virgin Australia experience was much worse. Why do the airlines think that they are transporting slabs of beef, not people?
We arrived at the Sydney airport just as the final Oscars were being handed out at the Academy Awards in Hollywood.
“Birdman?” I repeated rhetorically after seeing the Best Picture announcement on an airport TV screen. “What’s that?”
Elizabeth just shrugged herself.
Right after checking into our hotel on the city side of the beautiful Darling Harbor area , we went out for a long walk around the city. To warm up after that Virgin flight, not just to sightsee.
We did not get back until after 9 PM/ The length was unintentional. We thought we would follow the east bank of the Darling Harbor for a while and the cut over into the city and walk to the Circular Quay.
We walked and walked until we got to and under the Harbour Bridge. It was only here that we were able to climb up and onto the Rocks part of Sydney (see the map). Elizabeth was exhausted (she does not like climbing). But at least now we were both quite warm.
By that stage, the sun was already setting. So the rest of the photos were taking in dimming light.
We walked back to the Sydney Town Hall along George St, before turning back and finally returning to our hotel. And a well-deserved dinner. It was just before 10 PM. And even in the Darling Harbour area, the restaurants were already closing.
By the way, while walking along George St, we saw what could be the world’s largest Apple store. Take a look above – three stories high! That’s bigger than even the Apple store in Manhattan near the Park Plaza hotel. Or whatever it is that the condos are now called.
“Guess they love them Apples in Australia,” I jokingly said to Elizabeth.