Saturday finally arrived and the ladies were done with work. After checking out of the hotel at Castle Hills we all piled into Samuel's taxi along with our luggage. We dropped Donna off at the airport after scouting for a few last minute souvenirs. Donna was glad to be heading home.
Jennifer and I had other plans, more sight seeing.
Donna & Samuel
We checked into The Observatory Hotel which was located in the historic part of Sydney called The Rocks. The Rocks was in walking distance of the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. This was the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at; my first five star hotel. Reminded me of something you would see in a movie.
This was the view from our room, that is Darling Harbor.
I'd love to tell you that we were in this limo partying and living it up but we were actually passing by in a much nice hummer limo; I had the chauffer honk at them as we passed,ya know I had to rub it in.
the Harbor Bridge
We took a tour of the Opera House.
our tour guide
"People watching" was particularly entertaining because you saw such an eclectic mix, especially near the Opera House, you'd see people in their tux's and evening gowns, business suits, tourists, fitness fanatics, etc. Also, the different nationalities.
Just down the stairs below the Opera House was a line of bistro's, restaurants, and souvenir shops along with a view of the water.
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Earth Hour: The Big Black Out March 29, 2010
The news of this world wide event circulated through the news and media; posters were placed throughout the city. I couldn't believe our luck. We were in Sydeny, Australia at just the right time. I marveled at the idea of a "Black Out" where The Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and other local businesses in the city were going to turn off their lights for 1 hour in order to raise awareness of global warming. After having dinner at a fancy street cafe we found just the perfect spot to see everything unfold. Again, we were lucky because after we got settled people started pouring in around us. They too wanted to see the Black Out. " This is really a BIG DEAL", I began to form a picture in my mind. Finally, 8:30 approached. We were waiting in anticipation when suddenly a LOUD fog horn from one of the ships screamed out to prepare us....and then IT happened. IT was a BIG disappointment because only a few lights were turned off (so it seemed). The crowd sighed and I questioned "is that all?!!!" I guess there are sooo many lights in the city that when you turn a few off it doesn't make that big of a difference.
Check out the pictures below.
Warning: the following photos are of taken at a nude beach. I repeat, Nude Beach warning.
As you can see there were no participants; I later learned that this was an unofficial nude beach; we had walked a country mile to get there, our feet were hurting, and we were hot & sweaty. We had joked along the way that we better see a naked person to make this worth the hike. No such luck.
When they say it is an "unofficial nude beach" they mean it is tolerated by the public residents and local law enforcement.
The Australian Flag
We headed back to Manly beach and spent the rest of the day relaxing.
"Swim between the flags" the lifeguards scope out the safest part of the beaches and post flags to keep the swimmers safe.
Macquarie Lighthouse: the 1st light house in Australia
Bondi Beach: a world famous beach