Grand Asia Sydney

Day 17 – November 11, 2012 – Sydney, Australia

Up early this morning to be in the Crow’s Nest at 6:30 to cruise into Sydney. Oh my! How wonderful to see that bridge and the Opera House come into view. Finally… we have been to Sydney.

Pulling Into Sydney

Enjoyed our day. Toured the Opera House, browsed through the crowded Sunday market at The Rocks, had lunch in a courtyard, walked out on the bridge, desperately searched for my Australian sweatshirt until I had success, had chocolates and Starbucks (and got a great new coffee mug), found the gorgeous St. Mary’s Cathedral complete with another grand park and gardens, more fabulous old buildings, more wonderful gardens, and a long walk back to the ship. That’s a full day! Gary may stay in bed where he’s already reading, but I’m off to see the 9:30 showing of the traditional Australian dancing. I presume I’m in for didgeridoo music!

Day 18 – November 12, 2012 – Sydney, Australia

We love this place! Would love to come back for a longer stay sometime. Today we took the ferry across the harbor to Manly. Enjoyed the pretty beach, the seaside shops and street cafes, both got haircuts, and just had 3 relaxing hours. Finished up in that area with gelato, then dashing back onto the ferry, and back across the harbor. It’s just wonderful to pull up to those wharves right next to the famous Opera House.

Gelato in Manly

All aboard was 3:30, so we’re pulling out in the afternoon, making our way south.

The sail away was incredible! I got a great video… out on the lido, band playing, everyone festive, cameras flashing, under the bridge, out of Darling Harbor. This was a place!!! Can’t wait to return someday.

Sydney Sail Away

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