Day 51–Wed., Nov. 16, 2011–Sydney, Australia

     It was 70º F at 9:15 this morning.  Ray wanted to go to Chinatown and have Chinese food for lunch and I wanted to find pink paper to use as a background for Bonnie and Rich’s quilling.  IMG_0021  We went down to the Circular Quay and took the green CBD free Shuttle Bus #555.  The shuttle goes on George St and Elizabeth St. in each direction.  IMG_0001  We got off near the Queen Victoria Building to look for Eckersley’s and Lincraft on York St., one block west.  We found them and I found the paper in Eckersley’s.  Lincraft was more like a Joann’s. 

     We headed back to George St. and got on the bus to Chinatown.  We found beautiful earrings to go with the pendant from Hong Kong.  We had to go down a few stores and then upstairs to where the jeweler checked the stones and cleaned them.  He also cleaned my wedding and engagement rings.  Boy do they sparkle now!  They told us to go through the building across the street and down the escalator to reach Chinatown.  IMG_0002  It was only two blocks long.  Everyone was outside showing us their menu.  We checked them all out and went back to the first one and had a good lunch for $15 AUD each.  They charged me $1 AUD more because I changed the soup.  We left with $3 AUD left.  We retraced our steps and got back on the shuttle.  We noticed that the banners up in town said Happy Christmas, not Merry Christmas. IMG_0023 We passed a street performer on the way back to the ship.  He was there when we left in the morning so we added to his tip box.  He had quite a few coins in it.   We didn’t go on Pitt St. where we saw performers on other trips.



     Erika was the only one that showed up for dinner with us.  The entertainment this evening was Koomurri Traditions.  It was 3 guys showing us Aboriginal dances.  We really enjoyed our stay in Sydney.

“We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”   ~  Anon.

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