February 16th, Firstly and sadly this is the first anniversary of Dad, may he rest in peace. My thoughts are with Mum and my two sisters on this day.
Today was a visit to the Zoo. Now there is not much I can say about a Zoo trip save to say there were lots of animals involved and as per usual most of them were sleeping under trees or bushes just out of sight. None the less we pressed on in the extreme heat with the 'wild' animals looking on at us fools baking in the sun. To be fair Sydney zoo is well set out. It is on a hillside, and you are bussed to the top to the entrance and during the course of the day you wind your way down the hill. This reduces effort making the day a lot more enjoyable. The Zoo overlooks the harbour so if you get weary of looking at - or indeed for - animals in cages then you look away and are greeted with the magnificent view of the harbour.
Exhausted at the Zoo and by way of a change we enjoyed our evening meal at Manly, and it was no disappointment.
A few thoughts on Manly as this was our last full day in Sydney and Manly was our favourite place; when you first arrive you are glued to the lads on their surfboards, and when they are not on their surfboards then they are on skateboards. Each one seems to be outdoing the other and it all makes for a great sight. Then there are the young women, all body beautiful and strutting around in, well, not very much at all. You start to really get into it, you get your surfing shorts on and your thongs (the ones on your feet Pete!) you start to feel part of the scene.
Right about then it dawns on you this is all a young man's game and you are not actually part of it at all simply looking in at it, but so what, we're on holiday we can dream.
We will be sad to leave Manly and Sydney behind but they have both treated us well and we shall not forget our time here in a hurry and we remain grateful for the time we spent here. We are not glum as we are excited that tomorrow our ship arrives in port and we shall get our first look at it.
I should also mention George the very friendly manager / owner of the impressive Hotel 59. He is a great host and every morning genuinely asks about how the previous day went before asking what we will do that day. George then chips in with all his local knowledge and advice. This has proved very valuable and will be much missed when we move on. Thenks George and good luck for your future.