Tuesday, March 5, 2019

There's No Place Like AUS for the Holidays - Blue Mountains and Sydney, Part 2

Waiting to board the ferry to Sydney from Manly Beach



View of the Opera House from the ferry on a misty day



We walked from the ferry to the train station and had lunch -- sausage rolls, meat pies, beer and lemonade


Took the two hour train ride from Sydney to Katoomba where we stayed at the historic Carrington Hotel. The hotel opened in 1883 and originally was named Western Star Hotel. Later the name was changed to "The Carrington" in honor of Lord Carrington, Governor of New South Wales, who visited the hotel in 1886.


Beautiful ground floor and stairway



Chuck and Rita's balcony room



View from the balcony



 The lounge at the hotel



 Beautiful stained glass windows in the verandah



Domed stained glass above the bar



For supper we went to The Old City Bank Bar located at the end of the Carrington Hotel's driveway. Rita and Megan had the Guinness Pot Pie.


Chuck had the Chicken Schnitzel



Nick had a hamburger and chips



The next morning after breakfast, we got on the Blue Mountain Explorer Hop-on and Hop-off bus and our first stop was Scenic World. We rode the world's steepest railway at a 52 degree incline.


We then took the cable car across the mountains with views of waterfalls, tree tops and the valley







Stopped at Katoomba Cascades



View of Three Sisters



Sandstone formation on the walk to Three Sisters Aboriginal Place



View from the Three Sisters Aboriginal Place lookout



The Blue Mountains are given their name due to the filtering of sunlight by the fine mist of oil from the leaves of the eucalyptus trees.


Got off the bus at Lyrebird Dell to hike to the Pool of Siloam



Rustic overgrown path



Pretty little waterfall at the Pool of Siloam



Took the bus back to town and had pizza and beers at Station Bar and Woodfired Pizza -- good pizza!



 While Nick and Megan stayed in Katoomba to check out the antique stores, Chuck and Rita got back on the bus and stopped at Everglades House and Gardens -- 13 acres of European-style gardens and native bushland, terraced lawns, winding paths, stone walls and a 1930s house.


Beautiful stairway in the house



















We returned to the hotel and found a beautiful cockatoo looking into our room.



 The next morning we returned to Sydney on the train and met Rachel, Henry and Evie for a special  tour of the Opera House. Thanks so very much, Rachel!


 Another view of the Opera House







 On our way to get a bite to eat, we walked by the Conservatorium of Music where Rachel went to high school


 We also passed the Government House



 Evie going in for a hug



 Nick and Megan at Mrs. Macquaries chair



 One of our favorite views -- Opera House and Harbor Bridge at sunset



Goodnight, Sydney



View from our bedroom window on our last night in Australia



We can't thank you two enough for the wonderful time we had in Australia!
We miss you and love you!
te



THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE AUS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

There's No Place Like AUS for the Holidays - Sydney, Part 1

Chuck, Rita and Megan flew from Launceston, Tasmania, to Sydney and met Nick at the airport.



We stopped at Captain Cook Hotel for drinks and hamburgers.



Our first view of the Sydney Opera House.
Megan couldn't believe her mother said, "Take my picture!"


Opera House at sunset



Sydney Harbor Bridge



ATKM stickers are everywhere



The next morning we ate breakfast at The Bakers Oven where we had sausage rolls, quiche and a sandwich


Chuck, Megan and Nick by Salvador Dali's bronze sculpture "Nobility of Time"



Walked to the Opera House for a guided tour







Some of the wonderful interior architecture







There are over 1 million roof tiles in two colors -- glossy white and matte cream















This original tapestry "Homage to Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach" was designed by Jorn Utzon, designer of the Opera House, and hangs in the Utzon Room.


Another view of the Opera House







After the tour, we enjoyed our cool beverages.



It's a job keeping the seagulls away -- Seagull Patrol



We then went to David Goldblatt Photographs 1948-2018 exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Arts


Powerful photos



Next stop was The Hero of Waterloo to listen to a great jazz band



Beautiful copper beer taps



We took the ferry to Manly Beach where Nick's Aunt Titch picked us up



Titch and Nick went to the seafood market to get prawns, oysters and scallops for dinner -- OH MY!



Megan preparing the scallops















What a meal! Thanks so much, Titch, for everything!



Next morning we took a walk to the beach







At Manly Pavilion




Surfing on a misty day







"Oceanides" sculpture on the beach







Water dragon



In the evening we met Andy, Rachel, Henry and Evie at Manly Skiff Sailing Club for dinner. Later Nick's brother James, Clare, Julia and Fionn joined us. 






We had a wonderful time at Manly Beach. Thanks, Titch!


And there's more to come . . . Blue Mountains and more Sydney!