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Day 02 – Sydney

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Dave!Well, the crappy weather I was expecting yesterday finally decided to make an appearance today. Not that I am in any way complaining... I am so very grateful for yesterday's unexpectedly beautiful weather that I'll gladly suffer through a little rain.

After meeting up with Kazza we headed east to visit St. Mary's Cathedral. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed in the beautiful interior, but the exterior is quite nice as well...

St. Mary's Cathedral
Impressive. Most impressive.

St. Mary of the Cross Statue
The nun looks pretty bitchy, but...

St. Mary's iPad
...she gives all the kids an iPad, so she can't be all bad.

From there we were off to Mrs. Macquarie's Point. There's an interesting story behind the name, and it's a great place for spectacular Sydney Harbour views, even in the rain...

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair
Yes. Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is just as comfortable as it looks.

Rainbow Lorikeet
A Rainbow Lorikeet... they're everywhere.

Sydney Harbour View from Macquarie's Point
Still a pretty sight, even in the rain.

Heading back towards the city you run right through the Royal Botanic Gardens...

Royal Botanic Gardens
Leaving the Asian Gardens section of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens
Inside the Royal Botanic Gardens Greenhouse at the Tropical Center.

Royal Botanic Gardens Fern House
The Fern House atrium at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens Flowers
It's Springtime in Sydney, so all the flowers are blooming.

Royal Botanic Gardens BATS!
Bats are hanging around everywhere... mostly sleeping, fighting, or drying their wings.

Bastard Cockatoo
This is called a "Cockatoo," but I call it "Fucking Bastard Bird"... vicious, nasty, and total destruction with wings.

From there it was time to take a ferry across the harbor to Manly...

Manly Ferry Sign
It's the world-famous Manly Ferry!

Opera House from Manly Ferry
Cruising by that Sydney Opera House. Again.

The Corso at Manly
Walking down The Corso towards Manly Beach.

Manly Beach
Manly beach. Where only manly men dare swim in the rain.

Manly Signs
Everything in Manly is pretty manly...

Manly Kangaroo Fajitas!
...especially the Manly menus, where they make cute little kangaroos into fajitas.

After returning to Sydney, it was time to visit the Queen Victoria Building, which is a real jaw dropper. Certainly the best-looking mall I've ever seen...

Queen Victoria Building
Not wanting to get drenched, it was time to visit the Queen Victoria Building!

Queen Victoria Building Stained Glass Entrance
Seriously beautiful everywhere you look. This is an entryway.

Queen Victoria Building Atrium
Center atrium at the Queen Victoria Building.

Queen Victoria Building Clock
Awesome diorama clock at the QVB.

Queen Victoria Building Main Hall
The sexiest damn mall you'll ever see.

It was as we headed toward Darling Harbour that the rain decided to get serious...

Darling Harbour Bridge
Rain pours down on the bridge across Darling Harbour to the Harbourside Mall.

But that's okay, because I was more interested in visiting my 138th Hard Rock than the weather. Unfortunately, Sydney's new Hard Rock is yet another "Hipster Lounge" travesty, but it's massive size means you get to see a lot of memorabilia even though it's pretty spread out...

Hard Rock Cafe Sydney
Hard Rock Cafe entrance.

Hard Rock Cafe Sydney Hipster Lounge
Welcome to the cheesiest hipster lounge you ever will see!

Hard Rock Cafe Sydney INXS Shrine
The Hard Rock Cafe Sydney's so-called "shrine" to INXS.

Hard Rock Cafe Sydney Spaces
Not the most intimate and cozy Hard Rock property I've been to. The place is massively huge.

Darling Harbour at Night
Leaving Darling Harbour at night.

Something I didn't know: Sydney has a monorail. It was a convenient way to escape the rain and head back into the city...

Sydney Monorail
Hey, it may cost $5, but that's still cheaper than a ticket to Disneyland.

Another perfect day Down Under... albeit with police horses waiting in my hotel lobby...

Horses in the Hotel Lobby!
No. They weren't there to arrest me. I think.

And.... I guess it's time to log-off and go charge every piece of electronics I own. It's shocking how much gadget crap it takes to be civilized now-a-days.

Comments

  1. claire says:

    Loving your Sydney photos, Dave. Thanks for sharing them!

    Also couldn’t help but think of True Lies when you mentioned the mounted police in your hotel. They look quite classy.

  2. Sarkawt says:

    Amazing post & photos! Keep rockin’

  3. That’s *all* the items they had for INXS? How sad is that!

  4. martymankins says:

    The lorikeet is amazing. And to see them everywhere must be equally amazing.

    I love that statue with the kid holding the very iPad looking chalkboard.

    And a shame to INXS that the Hard Rock can’t make a bigger montage for them.

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