Feb 24 – EXPLORING SYDNEY BY BOAT AND ON FOOT
Our second day in Sydney started with a delightful breakfast/lunch with a friend who traveled for an hour on a train from her home to meet us at Darling Harbor. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and the food.
Afterward, Elizabeth and I went for a walk to the Darling Harbor bridge.
Sydney meteorologists called for a 90% chance of rain. Even as of 8:30 this morning when I woke up. Indeed, it did rain a little at the time. But by the time I finished my first “flat white” and asked the Spirit to keep the rain away from Sydney the rain had stopped. And then a gradual clearing followed.
HARBOR SHOWBOAT CRUISE
During lunch, Sydney friend wanted to know what we had planned for the day.
By 2 PM, with the weather now being mostly sunny, we boarded the Sydney Showboat at the Darling Harbor station. The harbor cruise lasted a little less than two hours.
FAREWELL TO OLD SHOES
Two days ago in Perth, I predicted to Elizabeth that my shoes would give up the ghost by the end of this trip. I was wrong. My left shoe fell apart on board our harbor cruise, right in front of the Sydney Opera House. How embarrassing… 🙂
So when we disembarked at Circular Quay, we looked for a temporary solution that would keep the sole of my shoe attached till I got back to the hotel.
Want to know what that solution was? Get ready for a chuckle…
Two bubble gums and a string for sun glasses, 🙂 Elizabeth did the chewing for me and then stuck the gum between the shoe and its sole. I then tied it all together with a string for sunglasses.
Necessity – mother of invention! 🙂
I know it sounds crazy, but it worked. I got back to the hotel on my shoes and then tossed them in the trash.
ELIZABETH TEACHING HULA TO ABORIGINES
While walking along Circular Quay toward the Sydney Opera House, we heard a sound of music.
“That’s didgeridoo,” I said excitedly.
I had previously told Elizabeth that on my earlier trips to Sydney , I would come across some Aborigine didgeridoo players here. Only this time, it was a whole family performing.
Soon, we joined in – Elizabeth with her Hula moves, me with a camera recording it all. Eventually, Elizabeth tried to teach the Aborigines the Hula swing. Which they quickly picked up.
I have it all on a video, too:
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After the walk along Circular Quay and our encounter with the Aborigines, we went on to the Botanical Gardens and the Art Gallery within it. By the time we made it back to the hustle and bustle of the city, it was already 5PM.
DARLING HARBOURSIDE DINNER
Later this evening, we went out to dinner at the Darling Harbourside, across the harbor from our hotel. It was fabulous. And it offered amazing nighttime city views.
Here are some pictures from that evening outing.