Sunday, 31 July 2022

Sydney 2022 - Other things we did.....

 



We did lots of other great stuff whilst recently in Sydney.

We stayed at the Wentworth Hotel.

https://all.accor.com/hotel/3665/index.en.shtml

We shared a lift with the Prime Minister of New Zealand and all her hefty bodyguards.

I was struck dumb, so never got to ask her if she enjoyed Vivid!


 Here is Jacinda Ardern later the same day meeting with Anthony Albanese.

(I also bought a new phone!)

Sydney Cricket Ground Tour

We had been gifted a tour and have had it for years but due to covid we haven't been able to use it.

UNTIL NOW!


Above is a tribute to the late Shane Warne, who died suddenly earlier this year.

 Lots of famous baggy greens, and Steve Waugh's famous red rag.

https://www.scgt.nsw.gov.au/



Only time we'll get in the members bar....

An arty shot from the dressing room.

And of course, Richie Benaud lives on.... 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richie_Benaud




 Hyde Park Barracks

Somewhere else we went trying to use up our dine and discover vouchers before they expire was the newly renovated Hyde Park Barracks.
 
(Dine and discover were vouchers given to everyone to encourage the public to get out and stimulate the economy following the COVID lock downs. The Dine NSW Vouchers and Discover NSW Vouchers expired on 30 June 2022).
 

 






Sydney Opera House Tour

 

 Because Qantas cancelled our lunch time flight and re-booked us onto the 6:50pm flight we had an extra day to fill in in Sydney.
(Qantas are cancelling a lot of regional flights, crews are sick with flu or COVID so they are scraping together what they can and cancelling flights with low bookings to crew those that are full). 


So it was a chance to look at the buildings history and architecture. 

It will be 50 years old in 2023.



And to end with something sweet...

We met up with Michael and Gail for lunch on the Saturday and had dessert at the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe at Circular Quay.

This is an Orange and Chocolate Dome, YUMMY!

 https://guyliancafe.com.au/location/circular-quay/

And we finally got home at 9PM on the Sunday  to a freezing cold house and the doggies having to spend an extra night at the kennels.












Sunday, 17 July 2022

Sydney 2022 - Vivid

 

A quick post to share photos from Vivid.

 https://www.vividsydney.com/


It was a coincidence that we were in Sydney at the time of the Light and Music Festival and its so much better when your there in person than seeing it on the TV.

 


 We went about 3 times on different nights.

 

Mum and Dad came in to town one night and had dinner with us. 

It was so cold in Sydney, just as well I took the gloves and beanie.

I didn't take the below pic, but I thought it was a great overview of the 2022 Vivid Festival.

I wonder if we were down at the quay when this photo was taken?




Saturday, 25 June 2022

Sydney 2022 - Penn & Teller

 

Here is the first post about our recent trip to Sydney.

Because it was the main reason for the trip, this post is about seeing the magicians Penn & Teller at the Sydney Opera House.

We were also lucky enough to be in Sydney for Vivid 

and I'll devote the whole next post to the rest of the Vivid photos. 

 

We have been trying to see Penn & Teller for years,

but their shows kept getting cancelled due to COVID.


They were amazing!

My favourite trick was the love ritual.

Before the show everyone in the audience had to pick 4 playing cards.

Then they led us through a sequence of tearing the cards in half, throwing the top one away, putting one close to your heart, swapping one half with your neighbour, throwing the top one away, (onto the heads of those sitting below us) until you were left with 2 half cards.

 The theatre was littered with 1000's of torn playing cards , it was hilarious.

Here is a link to the trick on youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_jOW4Wsu00


 And here were the cards we were left with!






Sunday, 22 May 2022

In My Life, 10 year anniversary - Episode 19 - 'Build a Bridge'


 
Above:- Sydney Harbour Bridge October 2017
On our tall ship sunset dinner cruise, which was a gift from Sean and Rose.
 
Where would we be without bridges, going the long way around I suspect.

This episode is starting in Australia  before traveling the world.

Above:- Sydney Harbour Bridge Sunset October 2017
 
Above:-From the Opera Bar, November 2018
 

Above:-More Sydney Harbour Bridge September 2017

Above:- Even more Sydney Harbour Bridge July 2015

Above:- After dark Sydney Harbour Bridge July 2015

Above:- From the west Sydney Harbour Bridge October 2017



Above:-Brisbane River and the Victoria Bridge January 2011

Above:-Melbourne Princes Bridge April 2012

Above:- Melbourne skyline from Princes Bridge April 2012

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes_Bridge

Now for some bridges we have visited on car club runs

Above:-Kindee Bridge Near Long Flat NSW June 2012

The oldest suspension bridge in Australia over the Hastings river.

Above:-More Kindee Bridge, this time July 2016


 Above:-Still at Kindee bridge June 2012

Above:-Ornamental bridge Toowoomba Queensland Japanese gardens November 2015

Above:-Another Ornamental bridge Toowoomba Queensland Japanese gardens November 2015
 
 
Above:- Viaduct Lithgow Zig Zag Railway November 2010 
 

Above:- Wallis Lake Bridge Foster Tuncurry NSW November 2016

Above:- Jack Taylor Weir bridge at St George Queensland October 2012
 

Above:- Macleay Valley Road bridge Near Frederickton NSW May 2013
 


And now for a few other local bridges from our travels


Above:- Sea Cliff Bridge Stanwell Park NSW September 2017



Above:- Rail Bridge Murray River May 2012


Above:- Hampton Bridge Kangaroo Valley NSW September 2018

Now, the bridges of Europe,

Above:- Rialto Bridge Venice Italy October 2011
 

Above:- View from our hotel balcony  Venice Italy October 2011
 

Above:- Ponte Vecchio Florence Italy October 2011
 
 

Above:- Bridges Prague Czech Republic October 2011

Above:- Charles Bridge Prague Czech Republic October 2011

Above:- Charles Bridge Prague Czech Republic October 2011
 
Above:- Danube at Budapest Hungary September 2011

Above:- Bern Switzerland October 2011

Above:- Another at Bern Switzerland October 2011
 
Above:- On the canals Amsterdam The Netherlands December 2017

Above:- Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin Ireland September 2011

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha%27penny_Bridge

 

Finally, we head to the United Kingdom

Above:- The Iron Bridge Shropshire UK August 2011
The worlds first major bridge to be made of iron.  Its been painted red since our visit!
 

Above:- About The Iron Bridge Shropshire UK August 2011
 
Above:- Garden Bridge Wrest Park Bedfordshire UK  - August 2011

Above:- Battersea Bridge London UK September 2011

Above:- Westminster Bridge London UK September 2011

Above:- Tower Bridge London UK September 2011
 
Above:- Another Tower Bridge London UK September 2011
 
Above:- 7 years later, Tower Bridge London UK January 2018 
 
Above:- Sign, Tower Bridge London UK January 2018 


Above:- On the Tower Bridge London UK January 2018 

Above:- More Tower Bridge London UK January 2018

Above:- Kim and Graham's selfie on the top walkway,  Tower Bridge London UK January 2018


Only a few anniversary posts to go now!