Day 50–Tues., Nov. 15, 2011–Sydney, Australia

     Sydney is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4.2 million people.  It is the state capital of New Sough Wales and is located on the country’s southeast coast.  At 5:40 am it was 66º F at 6:35 it was 68º F and at 8:15 it was 70º F and sunny.  The sun was warm.  We were up at 5:30 so we could see the entry into Sydney Harbor.  It was as thrilling as ever.

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     We decided to take the ferry over to the Sydney Zoo and we had a wonderful but exhausting day.  We used the sky safari to reach the top and then worked our way down.  We saw many birds, koalas, komodo dragon and other reptiles, chimpanzees, Barbary sheep, a sleeping bongo, zebras, a pygmy hippopotamus, a bear, emu, kangaroo, platypus, wombat, Tasmanian Devil, elephant, gibbon, a fishing cat, tiger cubs, pelicans, penguins, seals, and maybe others I didn’t recognize.  It was class trip day, so we missed the seal show at 1, they reserved it for school kids only.  Here are a few of the over 100 pictures we took.  Now that Ray is using a camera, we have that many more.

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The zoo is built on a hill and the sun was strong.  When we finally exited, we still had a downhill walk to the pier for the ferry.  We got back on ship for lunch and our legs were killing us.  I went back out to find Parker’s Art store and had to walk up the hill at the Rocks to get to it.  My hips were complaining.  I found the store and bought some masking fluid and headed back to the ship.  We found things to be very expensive in Sydney.

     The entertainment for the evening was the movie “Australia”.  We decided not to go Ray slept, I finished my book and we slept for a long while, but not not a good night’s sleep.

“Happiness is not a destination, it is a method of life.”  ~  Burton Hills

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