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Dec 30, 2016 - Sydney Day 14

Friday, Day 14. Actually set an alarm today to wake up early. We wanted to get a jump on the heat. We made our way to the Royal Botanical Garden by way of the train to the harbor, knowing we would be walking several miles in the heat. The gardens were located up a very steep hill, but I made it. It was worth the trip. I actually saw cockatoos in-flight! Big beautiful white cockatoos. I also saw one in a nest. I saw amazing old trees. They were huge! Giant banyan trees and huge native trees. I even saw a Douglas fir and it was the biggest...

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Dec 29, 2016 - Sydney Day 13

Thursday, Day 13. The forecast for the day was for 101 degrees. We decided to take it easy. We did some shopping. I got my sushi again for lunch. I just couldn't believe it was so cheap! We just hung out the rest of the day. Had filo dough wrapped prawns for dinner in the executive lounge. I had a huge shrimp fest down there! Speaking of food, the shopping mall food courts around the hotel were unbelievable! There was only one with a Subway, KFC and a "Maccas" as McDonald's is affectionately known in Australia. Most of the fast food or...

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Dec 28, 2016 - Sydney Day 12

Wednesday, Day 12. We walked to Darling Harbor to see the Maritime Museum. There were a lot of stairs involved in this day. Up and down from bridges. Fortunately, there were some escalators, but a lot of stairs. And it was so hot and humid. We were both miserable. Fortunately, the Maritime Museum had nice air conditioning. It was a very elaborate museum with a lot of photos, paintings and ship logs. There were also actual ships, helicopters and a light house lamp inside the museum. The exhibit extended outside to actual ships. There was a...

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Dec 27, 2016 - Sydney Day 11

Tuesday, Day 11. This was an exciting day. I love boats and love being out on the water when I get the chance. We walked down to Sydney Harbor and took a ferry to Manly Beach. It was really fun because I got to see the Sydney Opera House from the water. The trip to Manly was about 30 minutes. We stood outside on the ferry to catch the sea spray and see the sites. My trusty tour guide pointed out things along the way. He also told stories about buildings, areas, and provided some history. When we arrived in Manly, we went to the beach. It...

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Dec 26, 2016 - Sydney Day 10

Monday, Day 10. We ventured out into the craziness of Boxing Day. Traditionally a day of giving gifts to service providers like postal delivery people, it has become Australia's version of Black Friday. Stores open very early, slash prices and offer door busters. The plan for the day was the Art Museum of New South Wales and the Royal Botanic Garden. First, we had to battle our way out of the shopping madness. There were four major shopping malls next door, across and down the street from the hotel. I actually saw people lined up for at...

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Dec 25, 2016 - Sydney Day 9

Sunday, Day 9. Everyone in the world was in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. We'd been staying at the hotel for so long, we were waved around the crowd and seated at a coveted window table. Enjoyed a light breakfast of toast and peanut butter with strawberries and plums. Gotta save room for Christmas pancakes! We went back to the room and relaxed. Not much to do on Christmas Day. We walked back down to (everyone say it with me) The Rocks. We did some window shopping along the way. Every time I walked down there it got easier, even...

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Dec 24, 2016 - Sydney Day 8

Saturday, Day 8. We walked to The Rocks again. Yes, again. We wanted to see an artist whose work we had seen in a shop in the QVB. Matt sent her an email and asked if she had a booth in The Rocks weekend market and she said she did. We met her and looked at her art. We enjoyed looking at her originals. She does beautiful pencil drawings of Australian animals and birds. The humidity remained out of control and I had sweat running down my face. I don't sweat. It was weird! We wandered into another shop with beautiful oil paintings of the...

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Dec 23, 2016 - Sydney Day 7

Friday, Day 7. We walked through Hyde Park towards St. Mary's Cathedral, a direction we'd been once or twice before on this trip. I really loved Hyde Park. There were so many wonderful plants that I know my mother used to try and grow in yard and in the house. These plants are huge in Australia and just magnificent without any tending to, I'm sure! The elephant ear plants were enormous. She would've loved that walk. We went to the Museum of Australia. The big exhibit there was all about Australia's deadly spiders. We saw a lot of live...

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Dec 22, 2016 - Sydney Day 6

Thursday, Day 6. Today was a "slow" day. We walked to the Museum of Sydney down by Sydney Harbor. Yes, same walk again. Had to climb some steep hills, but I made it there without stopping or grumbling. The museum focuses on the colonization of the area with a heavy focus on the Government House which used to be on the site. All the early governors lived there. Lots of history of the Aboriginals and how they were displaced. How one of them served as the liaison between the Colonists and the Native people. He had a house on the cliff where...

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Dec 21, 2016 - Sydney Day 5

Wednesday, Day 5. Morning shopping in the Queen Victoria Building I'd been looking at daily since I arrived. The first thing I saw as we enter is a three stories tall Christmas tree covered 70,000 Sworavski crystals. The huge star on the top was also Sworavski crystal. The mall was beautiful. It had a huge clock in the center of one of the courtyards that was approximately two stories high. It showed Captain Cook's ship as it circumvents the outside of the clock. The clock is also a calendar. And on the hour, scenes turnaround depicting the...

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Dec 20, 2016 - Sydney Day 4

Tuesday, Day 4. Enjoyed breakfast again with Matt before he went to work. I had a ticket for the Sydney Opera House tour. At the beginning of the trip, I thought I would take a cab down there, but after all the walking the previous three days, I decided to walk. The Opera House was amazing. I ran around outside taking photos of the marvelous architecture. When I first approached the opera house, there was circus music playing and a large puppet-elephant operated by four guys walking around. There was a show in one of the theaters called...

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Dec 19, 2016 - Sydney Day 3

Monday, Day 3. Matt and I had breakfast before he went to work. I had the day to explore. I decided to take a little stroll back down George Street to the harbor and walk across the Harbor Bridge. Not over the harbor bridge on that stair climb that they have on the very top, just across the bridge. I wouldn't be bothered by the height at all, but I didn't know if they would have a wind suit in my size and I really didn't want to be the old lady who was struggling to climb up all those steps over the bridge. I didn't want to say, "Can we...

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