Another jam packed day, off to a reasonably early start this morning!! Took the train from central station out to Milsons Point so we could go over THE BRIDGE, couldn’t see much as we couldn’t get a seat up top, but at least TC can now say he has been over the bridge 😆
Then took another ferry to Darling Harbour to the Aust. National Maritime Museum, which was really good, with two exceptions, rude staff and unruly teenage groups and their frazzled and VERY loud mouthed teachers who were trying to keep the little monsters in check. The youth were all of the same opinion and were quite vocal about it “this is booorrriiinnnggg” It was obvious they didn’t want to be there. Other than that it was worthwhile to visit.
Then took the monorail (will have nightmares for years about that) to Chinatown and Paddy’s Market.
Don’t want to make this post one long whinge, BUT, Chinatown is a embarassment to Sydney and Australia, all that build up, it was quite laughable really. Dirty, smelly, noisy, and what is there but overpriced restaurants and cheap and tatty souvenirs…
Paddy Market was good, not the bottom area, but once you go upstairs it’s great, had the BEST fruit salad ever at lunch time!
We then headed into the city via the monorail again (shudder) one thing we have noticed is that 90% of the public transport we have been on, and let me tell you we have just about been on it all 😆 is crowded and NOT airconditioned!!!!! Sydney would be totally unbearable for visitors during summer I think, and I certainly would not come back over the summer months again.
We then got lost in the city, yes me with a thousand maps (and that’s another story) in the end a really nice lady stopped and asked if she could help, might have been the dumb looks on our faces, but we were trying to get a close look at THE TOWER, we had seen it on the monorail and it should have been quite close. Absolute TOTAL embarassment as she said with a wry smile “turn around and look up” Jeeeeeezzzzz we had walked right past it….
So we backtracked and I got another dozen or so photos of it. Have I mentioned yet that I had to buy another 1 gig memory card for the camera, son said before we left that I wouldn’t use what I had, but a combination of videos (mostly by accident) and about 400 photos so far 😆 got ripped off with the price, but what the heck.
We then were totally exhausted both by yesterday’s marathon session and the heat and stress of today that we just went and SAT for about a hour in Hyde Park, which is beautiful.
Then headed down to Circ Q to catch a ferry again, LOVE the ferries, it’s cool and terrific, no seasickness at all, love it!! We had a nice surprice and had a new sleek white machine to ride on out to Rose Bay, man did it move AWESOME, got a great video of the trip back!
Then headed back to hotel, absolutely stuffed tonight, can’t do night ferry, just too tired 😦
Went to a local pub for tea called Taylors on Central, wev’e been there for tea 3 of the 4 nights, it’s great food!
Tomorrow is check out day, but we can leave our luggage here at the hotel until we are ready to catch the train to the airport which is really good.
Last minute sightseeing planned is trying to find a way out to the art gallery of NSW and also Mrs Macquaries Chair, then hopefully some time in the rocks. We shall see.
One more thing I want to mention, if you decided to holiday in Sydney get yourself a Sydney Express pass for your visit, sure it costs big money, and a lot more than the travel pass we bought, BUT it will take you almost virtually the doorstop of all the major attractions, saving your feet and heaps of time!!!! I sure wish I have of gone this option, but hey it is the first visit for me.
I will be coming back for sure!! Just not in Summer 😆