S: Sydney, Australia 2011
1: Sydney, Australia 2011
2: JD decided at the last minute to change his plans. He extended his time off from work and got airplane tickets to match mine. From Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia is a three hour flight, it is not a hop over.
3: Most mornings JD and I had breakfast at a local café, if you want to call it that. He seemed to like the toast over there. I liked eggs and bacon and anything with protein.
5: We walked around the city that evening.
8: After the plan ride over the Tasman Sea, JD and I got metro passes and on our way to the Central Business District. We got off at our stopped and had to ask for the location of Oxford Street, we were on the wrong side of Hyde Park. We walked to our hotel, Wattle Hotel in the Darlinghurst neighborhood. That evening we decided to walk toward the harbor to get a lay of the land. We walked passed Hyde Park, through the city, down to the Opera House, Warf, Quay, and The Rocks. Don't really recall where we ate that night but I think it was the $10 steaks, they had Kangaroo on the menu too.
9: JD and I touched the roof of the Opera House. He was in "ah" of being right there.
10: Next day we walked around Hyde Park and the local museums and churches.
11: St. Mary's Cathedral next to Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia
17: Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia
19: Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia
24: Hyde Park Barracks Museum was built in 1819 as model of how Australia was originally founded. The barracks functioned as convict quarters for Anglo-Irish sinners, an immigrant depot and government courts before is current incarnation. | Little did JD and I realize that the convicts were allowed to leave during the day to work in the city to pay for their crime. They came back in the evening. JD and I had a chance to try out different criminal attires.
27: We went into the ANZAC Memorial for Australian New Zealand Army Corp memorial for those that have served their country.
31: Thursday morning, JD and I took a trip through the Sydney Opera House and then a water taxi to the zoo. At the zoo we had a private tour. We got up close to see the Koala Bear and playing with other animals. It was an amazing time with a good friend.
32: JD and I decided we wanted to participate in the tour. We made sure to do everything once, you know you never know if you will be back on stage.
37: Our tours included breakfast at the opera house and snake at the zoo.
41: From the Sydney Opera House we took a water taxi to the Zoo and Sky Safari Cable Car up the mountain. We could here the monkeys howling on the ride.
43: Unfortunately you can't touch a Koala within Sydney.
44: I bought an exclusive pass to the zoo, that included a small private tour of the grounds and one on one time with Koalas.
46: Our guide let out the Wambat and had to watch out for him. The Wambat was ready to eat anything. He had a bristly coat. The Wambat did not enjoy being picked up.
51: Went behind the scene to feed some animals | Finally got to see an Tasmanian Devil
53: Went into a special enclosed room to allow a small animal to run around and jump all over us. I took some video of it. We went into another encounter and looked at owls. People were looking at the enclosure and did not realize we could hear them speaking.
55: We walked around several different enclosures that allows birds to sort of fly around. some birds were ground based. May of the birds has very colorfully plumage.
59: Saw a bunch of Kangaroos and Wallabies
62: The snow leopard decided to put on a show and mark her scent around here cage.
63: White Cheeked Gibbon Binturong
65: JD and I went to Bondi Beach one afternoon. Took the bus to get there. JD wanted to jump in the water. I think it was cold because he did not stay in there long. I went in a little later. Bondi Beach is Sydney's most popular beach | On Good Friday most places were closed so we walked around the Sydney Harbour National Park.
67: Australian History Museum Next to Hyde Park is the Australian Museum it holds a large collection of Australian artifacts which include Aborigines, flora and fauna. I could finally pet a stuffed Kola.
68: Food | We ate at a bunch of different places. One place by The Rocks had $10 Steaks. And I will have to add that it was not bad, we both had some drinks and talked about what we wanted to see and do. I ran JD ragged by walking around and not always getting food. We ate a Hoffbrau Haus one night and talked to some of the locals. Again more Kumara frys, They are the greatest.
69: Transportation | We took several forms of transportation from ferry rides, to subway to taxis and buses. I think we walked more than anything else.
70: Sydney's harbour is the city's hear and soul. Stretching 20km inland to the mouth of the Parramatta River. Through the years the city has reclaimed the harbour to build it's city and opera house.
72: JD did most of the picture taking. I am sure that most if not all the photos in this book are from him. We walked around and took photos where ever we could. This is an Anglican Church near Queen Victoria Building and Hyde Park. St. James Church.
73: St. Andrew's Cathedral
78: One afternoon we went to Manly Beach to see the area. It was windy with a slight overcast. To get to the beach we had to take a ferry ride. We walked around the area and looked at the small sea side village.
81: Queen Victoria Building for a little shopping. Got several black and white photos sent to my parents.