On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter 🐾BillinGlendaleCA.

Prior to our adventurer’s travels in New Zealand, she spent a few days in Sydney Australia and the areas around it.

Taken on 2018-09-23 00:00:00

Sydney, Australia

We’ve all see pics of the exterior of the Sydney Opera House, but not many of the inside.

Up next, the Blue Mountains.

Taken on 2018-09-23 00:00:00

Sydney, Australia

While our adventurer was in Sydney, BillinGlendaleCA was advised to tell her that a tour of the Sydney Opera House was a must see. I informed her of this advice and was told that she had already planned the tour.

Taken on 2018-09-23 00:00:00

Sydney, Australia

No we haven’t gone back to The Huntington, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is in downtown Sydney’ Chinatown.

Taken on 2018-09-22 00:00:00

Sydney, Australia

This is the iconic Sydney Opera House with the Harbour Bridge behind it and downtown Sydney in the background.

Taken on 2018-09-22 00:00:00

Sydney, Australia

This is the Roman Catholic cathedral in Sydney(formally know as the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Mary). The cathedral dates from 1821, the first church on this site burned down in 1856 and the current building was built in stages with the towers being completed in 2008. A tip to travelers headed there: it’s bad form to take pictures during mass at the cathedral(there are signs) and you will be asked to leave if you do so.


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9 replies
  1. 1
    Baud says:

    Very nice.

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    raven says:

    Nice? Does this mean my Mardi Gras Indian costume pic didn’t make it?

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    JPL says:

    Thank you Bill for the pics.

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    Mary G says:

    Beautiful! I have indeed never even thought about what the inside of the opera house looks like, and now I know.

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    @Mary G: Thanks. I’d never seen a pic of the inside of the Opera House either.

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    waratah says:

    I always manage a trip to Sydney harbor every time I go. Sydney harbor, ride the the ferry to Manly a swim in the beach, fish and chips was a family outing for us. the landscape has changed but still beautiful.
    I like the photo of the opera house with harbor bridge behind.

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    I like the photo of the opera house with harbor bridge behind.

    That one was a bit of work, the kid accidentally turned the camera on full auto mode and I only had a JPG to work with.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    The inside of the Opera House is outstanding, but you have to pay for a guided tour to get to see most of that, and to hear about the trials and tribulations of getting it built. Even if you have tickets to see a performance there, you don’t get to see that much – there are five halls/performance spaces of different sizes, and you don’t otherwise get to wander from one to another.

    This prompts me to go through some of my pictures and post something – Sydney is a very photogenic city.

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    @Gin & Tonic: I believe you’re the one who said that the guided tour was a must see, I sent her a text relating your advice. She had the tour already scheduled for that afternoon.

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