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Final day in Sydney

A very pleasant relaxing day, met my friend Monica at Cryat in Darling Harbour for a long relaxing lunch, then took the water taxi bus out to Manly beach which is really beautiful, the boat ride back to Circular Wuay gave us the opportunity to view the spectacular sight of the Sydney skyline at dusk. Stunning.

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Thoughts on Sydney

First impressions when we arrived was the fantastic location of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, would definitely recommend it.
I was blown away by Sydney Harbour, The Opera House, Bridge, the giant Caribbean Cruise ship, the activity and the buzz.
A very easy city to navigate, its clean but a lot of road closures due to work being done on the new tram system.
Sydney made the same mistake as Dublin, they took up all the tram lines in the 1960's, have now decided it was a huge mistake so are in the process of relaying the lines.
Many of the inner city buildings are modern high rise structures.
I would definitely recommend the Blue Mountains and particularly the Lillianfels.
Expensive but absolutely beautiful.

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Australia Day

We finished off our trip to the Blue Mountains with a trip to Bygone Beauties, this is a tea house and a teapot museum. The museum has a collection of over 5,000 teapots from all around the world.(I couldn't find an Irish one but they weren't all on display). A beautiful Devonshire tea and we were off back to Sydney again.
Australia Day didn't really materialise as we expected, either the Australians don't know how to party or perhaps it's more of a family day but it consisted of a concert outdoors at the opera house followed by an hour late fireworks display which lasted about 2 minutes.
We did have a really nice meal in Buckley restaurant on Circular Quay.
Even though the streets were crowded there was no evidence of anyone drinking on the streets or indeed not that many in the pubs either. So a mile away from the Paddy's Day celebrations at home.
It was a nice evening but all rather low key.

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The Blue Mountains

90_IMG_0110.jpg 90_IMG_0053.jpg Packed an overnight bag for our trip to Katoomba our base for exploring the Blue Mountains. The just short of 2 hour train took us through sprawling suburbs for the 1st half and undulating tree covered mountains for the 2nd part.
Our accommodation The Lilianfels is magnificent, a Regency type building situated on the doorstep and with fantastic views across the mountains and valleys.
The weather wasn't playing ball it was very misty so we were undecided as to whether we should defer our plans to take the trains and cable car to the mountain, eventually we decided to go ahead and hopped on the train which took us at a 90degrees decent deep down into the gorge, we ambled through the rainforest and eventually made our way to the cable car which took us half way up the gorge, the visibility wasn't great but looked to be improving.We continued on up the gorge by way of the Skyway which is similar to the cable car but with a clear bottom which gave us good views of the tree covered gorge below.
At this stage the mist had cleared and we took some photos from various vantage points.
Eucalyptus is in the main the predominant tree and many are showing the scars of relatively recent forest fires.
Having seen all that was to be seen in the mountains we took the hop on hop off bus which took is all around the beautiful towns of Katoomba sand Leura. Tired and weary we are now back in our plush surroundings for a well earned drink and dinner.

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Day 2 Sydney

We had an early start this morning, we had an organised city tour which was excellent. Shame some tourists insist on being heard above everyone else! The tour took us all over the city and suburbs. There is wealth in this city, some very fancy houses with very spectacular views.
Our guide was really good. His great grandfather at 15 years of age was accused of stealing, found guilty and sent off to Australia for 7 years. He was sent to a farm to work and stayed with that farmer all his life.
We finished our tour with brunch on Bondi beach.
After a long sit down over a few pints we then took the ferry over to Circular Quay which was really lovely, huge numbers of locals travel to and from work by ferry.
A walk up Sydney Bridge which nearly killed someone and put an end to our antics for the day.
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