Sydney- November 4-6

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Purple jacaranda petals cover the walk from Jan’s Beecroft home to the train station nearby

When I arrived in Sydney on November 4, Jan Armstrong was waiting for me at the airport. Jan is a second cousin of the wife of my brother-in-law, so we decided I’d be a ‘cousin’ also since our relationship was too complicated to explain easily. She took me on a quick rainy tour of Bondi Beach before returning to her home in Beecroft, northwest of the city.  Jan explained the train system so I could go into the city on my own. I headed into Sydney the next morning, to join a free walking tour of the city.

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Mocha and chocolate crepe cake at a Japanese cafe 

Before the tour I visited a cafe and had a mocha with a Japanese crepe cake – 12 melt-in-your-mouth layers of alternating crepe and chocolate mousse.  The tour passed through QVB (Queen Victoria Building), ANZAC monument from WWII, several gorgeous fountains, The Rocks. I also learned the history of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge where we ended the tour on Circular Quay.  Afterwards I visited the Museum Contemporary Art (Echidna below made of clay and wood) and watched the action on Circular Quay (see Sydney Opera House and cruise ship below).

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Metal piggy sculptures at the Museum of Contemporary Art
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Interior of the QVB and Paradise Tea Room

Monday I met with Fiona Papps for a Greek lunch near Town Hall.  Over the next 1.5 hours we did our best to catch up on the last 6 years, the last time we saw each other on PEI.  Later I had tea at the Paradise Tea Room in the QVB (Queen Victoria Building). I also discovered Haigh’s Chocolates in the QVB, in particular the cardamom dark chocolate. Yummm!

Sydney adventures will resume after my visit to Gold Coast with host, ‘cousin’ Sue. Stay tuned.

 

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