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!


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!