So today we woke up early, cooked ourselves some eggs and bagels!
This tired us out so we went back to bed for another snooze!
Batteries recharged we decided to head of to the STDNEY OPERA HOUSE! We thought this would give us a real kick up the bum, like hello, we're in Sydney. It started off a bit chilly, but as the day progressed we were blessed with the sunshine! We walked all the way along George street and Pitt street until we found Circular Quay. This is a marina which all the ferries leave from to visit loadsa tourist areas around sydney. Then smack bang out of nowhere HARBOUR BRIDGE!
Was awesome, we kept walking and there is was SYDNEY OPERAH HOUSE. As we walked around the circumference with the harbour all around us, I thought that the structure mimiced a clam or an oyster more than it did sails.
We took the essential tour all around the inside of the sculpture. We were told that a design competition was run to produce the best design. Once the final design had been chosen they began construction without a clue of how to build the roof. It took three years of many failed attempts to try and work out how to build the roof, which was a completely new concept. In the end the based the roof design on a sphere. Each piece was placed in like tiles. When you look at the roof there are two types of tiles, white glossy ones, which refelct the sun, and biscuit coloured matt tiles that absorb it, so your eye isn't blinded. The structure is supposed to reflect the weather back, so that it never looks stark or out of place, it should blend in to the natural surroundings. It is the youngest building to be heritage listed. The AUstralians did not wish to pay for the build, so they began a lottery. The building was completely paid for within six months! A bit of contrast to the millenium dome.
When we were being taken around a rehersal for the ballet was on, which was mesmorising. We've both decided we want to see a performance there before we leave. Was an awesome tour as you really got to appreciate the building.
We then venrured around for an hour with rumbling bellies looking for somewhere to eat. Just like London you either hit the jackpot, or you eat in a s***ter. It was a s***ty irish pub. On the walk back we walked past the Queen Victoria Building, which is a prettier Harrods. It housed the largest christmas tree and the most beautiful stainbed glass windows I have ever seen, was completely unexpected find.
After all that walking another nap was in order!