Sair and Chris on the move
Hi Everyone in Sunny England! We're still having lots of fun here in Australia. Again, we've crammed lots into the last few days as you can see below; Sunday - We went to Paddy's market which was huge and really colourful. It was a good morning! We then we began wandering into town and came across a Spanish festival. The spanish quarter streets were lined with stalls, stages (where we watched some dancers) and food stalls. It was a great atmosphere so we were glad to have found it. We had planned to get the ferry to Manly in the afternoon but it wasn't that warm and was pretty overcast so we decided to have a wander around the shops instead. Good choice or what!!!!! There are loads of little malls on the main street, George Street, which were good to look around. And yes, I was successful, I bought some flip flops. There are lovely pink Roxy ones - very cheap! We then wandered to the Opera House and there was a small market there where we bought a lovely picture of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in black and white. We thought it'd be a nice memory. In the evening, we wandered back to the Opera House to enjoy the view of Sydney at night which was amazing. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge looked lovely all lit up - we got some nice photos! (we'll put some onto the website when we next get more downloaded onto a CD). Monday - Wow, what a day! Today was the Bridge Climb which has to be one of the best experiences ever. Our climb was at 11.15am and lasted for a total of 3hours. 1 of these hours was spent preparing as we had to get kitted out (all-in-one suit, harness, communication equipment, fleece) and we had to go a simulator first to experience the types of ladders we were going to climb. We then went outside to the bridge and first climbed some steep ladders onto the actual bridge. We then walked under the road part and moved onto the arch and the views were breath taking. Seeing as I am scared of heights I think I did pretty well! To be honest, it wasn't actually that scary as the staff were so enthusiastic and made you feel really relaxed. Plus, you were concentrating on the spectacular views rather than the climb. It was all in all an amazing experience to do together, one which we will never forget. We got given a complimentary photo of our whole group (11 in total), who were all lovely, and we then treated ourselves to a picture of the 2 of us with the opera house in the background. What memories hey! The afternoon was spent walking over the pedestrian walk of the bridge over to the other side of the Harbour. There wasn't much there but it was a good view of Sydney and we did have a wander around Luna Park ( a bit like the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool but smaller) which was good. Chris took a photo of me in front of a funky slimming mirror which I am SO gonna frame - a good improvement! HEHEHE! We had a relaxing evening in front Shakespeare in Love, which we were able to borrow from the Hostel and take to our room for the night. Perfect end to one hell of a day! Tuesday (today) - We walked to Darling Harbour this morning which is very pretty and we had a walk around a few shops in the shopping centre. We then wandered towards the Harbour Bridge where we climbed one of the Pylons (we got a free pass with our bridge climb yesterday) which was a 200 step climb to more amazing views of Sydney. There was a museum on the way up which told you all about the building of the Harbour Bridge so believe me I now know EVERYTHING there is to know about the construction. It was definitely worth the climb as the view was great and yes we took MORE photos. God you're all gonna get so bored when we come home! This afternoon was first spent wandering around the gorgeous Botanic Gardens. Mum - you and Nan would be in heaven! They are so well maintained and pretty they are well worth a wander. We've also planned our next travels this afternoon, as we have decided to get the whole trip sorted so we can relax and concentrate on enjoying ourselves knowing that everything is booked. We've planned nearly all the way round so we're now going to search for good hostels on the internet and do some booking. Tonight's plan is to pack as we are moving onto Newcastle tomorrow and we've decided to have Domino's for tea as a last night treat. The best thing is that we are returning to Sydney for 4 nights at the end of our trip (which we have booked in the same hostel) so we can do more then! I must say, Sydney is definitely the nicest place I have ever visited (so far)!