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Lord Nelson's Brewery Pub

Our German friends from the cruise whom we ran into at Circular...


200 year celebration at the Botanical Garden

John, Lauren and Chris

strolling into the Botanical Garden

restaurant in Botanical Cafe

tourists in front of the view

Mrs MacQuarie's chair

trees are so big the walkway is built around them

$7.00 AUD per hour to park

wild sulphur crested cockatoos are everywhere

Museum of New South Wales

the painters represented at this great exhibit

favorite patron at the exhibit..loved the hat

walked through the Sydney Hospital on our way to the train

interesting tattoos on the train

With the expert guidance of our daughter Lauren and son-in-law Chris, we have negotiated the train, the bus and the sidewalks to see a few of the main sights in Sydney. Admiring the Opera House, the bridge, the Rocks, Circular Quay (the harbor on the north edge of the CBD. It is filled with restaurants, pedestrian malls and parks), and a bit of their neighborhood (called Zetland). We have eaten fish and chips at Lord Nelson's pub (the oldest pub brewery in Australia) along with a pint of Quayle Ale/Nelson's Blood then checked out the market at the Rocks (a district within New South Wales established in 1788 and populated by sailors and prostitutes and considered a slum it was devastated by bubonic plague in the early 1900's then partially demolished. In the 1960's, redevelopment with high density high rises were planned but opposed by a local residents group. Many of the buildings survived and though the area has been "gentrified" there are still many housing commission properties) This morning we strolled by the Opera House to see it close up and continued on the walk to the Botanical Garden where we had a leisurely lunch (more than a 70 minute wait for our order..but who was counting), continued our stroll through the garden to the Museum of New South Wales where we saw a wonderful exhibit on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland entitled "The Greats-Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Scotland". And the title is very apropos-the paintings were spectacular and represented a wide variety of painters.

A short train ride home and Lauren is busy preparing another evening meal. They are excellent hosts and it is fun to see the city they are loving.

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