Day 46–Sun., Feb. 20, 2011–Sydney, Australia

Sydney at dawn 

  We were up early for our entrance to Sydney Harbor.  Sydney is the most populous city in Australia.  It is the state capital of New South Wales and is located on the country’s southeast coast.  Darwin is having a cyclone today but it is sunny and humid here!IMG_3321 IMG_3328 

     Our tour left at 12:45, so we stayed on board and played Wii and then went for lunch.  The only problem was that our Opera tickets were for 5 PM.  There were 5 of us that had tickets for the Opera house and we were told to go on bus 1, then told to move to bus 3.  Finally we’re off on a nice tour around the city and the outskirts.  The only thing wrong with the bus was the fact that the headrests were so high you couldn’t see in front of you easily.  We drove through The Rocks, Australia’s most historic district.  We then went through town, stopped for a view of the gap and the skyline and made our way over to Bondi Beach for a snack.

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Our next stop was a tour of the Sydney Opera House.  Yes, they did build it with a lot of steps.  It is amazing and it is a shame that the guy that designed it, quit before it was finished and never came back to see it completed before he died.  He lived in Norway.

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Roof Panels                                        Roof tiles, 4 colors

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We then left the tour and stayed for our concert, Best of Opera.  It was wonderful.  The acoustics are amazing.  Even the applause was louder.  The pianist explained the 16 songs and explained how to use “Bravo”.  We then walked back to the ship and ate in the Lido.

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     We then went to see the evening movie in the Wajang Theater, Date Night.  I enjoyed it and we both laughed during the car/taxi scene.

IMG_3427 “Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.” –Fernando Flores-

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