Sydney. What Have We Been Up To?

23-25/2/16. Taking it easy to be perfectly honest. We will have some time here before we embark on our cruise (it still cracks us up to think that we are actually going on a cruise!) so we are in no great rush to see everything and it is bloody hot! Especially today (Thursday) with it forecast to reach 38° in the city centre and 41 in a suburb called Parramatta. We had been intending to start cycling today but have delayed until tomorrow when it should be cooler.

In the meantime we have been enjoying ourselves. Sydney certainly has some wonderful sights and Christine is still blown away by the Opera House!

We combined a trip to the best map shop in town, which is in Parramatta, with a ferry ride up the river which gave us a cheap harbour cruise. Then we just missed the boat (literally) for the return journey because we had been held up by the slowest Subway sandwich maker in existence and pedestrian lights at major road crossings. So we had take the train back – quicker and cheaper but much less scenic.

We eventually hooked up with Dan, despite him being ill and not at work on the day we had arranged to meet, through him driving to ths campsite after the children had been put to bed. As a result Stephen is now much happier that he is in possession of a functioning Kindle with his “library” of 100 or so books. Thanks, Dan!

One place that is, perhaps, not on a normal “must do” list is the New South Wales State Library which has a most wonderful reading room with the added bonus of free wifi and desks with power points. We have spent time there most days.

We also saw a sister ship of the one we will be going on (which is the Voyager of the Seas in case anyone is interested) tied up at the Passenger Terminal on Circular Quay right opposite the Opera House and in the shadow of the Bridge. This sent Stephen scurrying off to look at the Sydney Harbour website to find if we would also be leaving from this spectacular spot. We will! So we will be boarding as early as we can to grab pole position on deck. (Our cabin is an inside one without windows, being in the super cheapo category.)

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