Australia: Sydney (2011)

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.

🙂 Old Friends.

🙁 Expensive!

Monday, 25t April (Easter Monday / ANZAC DAY

Up at 05h00 and said farewell to APs. Collected our hire car – $285 for one day! Drove to Wayne the Pain’s – easy to drive but only arrived at 10h30. Stunning home – we were welcomed with coffee and muffins. The girls and Josh got on like a house on fire and played COD in his room. Mei Mei also lovely but a bit younger so more difficult to integrate. We noted with interest the number of beds and old furniture put out for collection! Quite unusual.

We collected Sue and John – amazing to catch up with them after all these years! So tragic that Wes passed away while Sue was with the Snijmans in SA. Heartbreaking. Parked the car to take the ferry from Manley to Sydney – Super Spenny! $$$

Love this ferry journey. Girls delighted to see Opera House, Darling Harbour, Bridge – wonderful to be back. We walked to China Town where we had the most divine traditional Chinese Hot Pot to reminisce Wayne’s time in Taiwan. Tina grown into a lovely confident young woman and insisted on paying for the meal – so generous and much appreciated! FANTASTIC and extremely social way of eating.

Took ferry back – so sad our time was so short with the Holmesies as we had to drive to Mike & Shelayne’s.

Arrived at about 19h30.Just fantastic to see Mike and Shelayne again – not changed a bit and the kids are also lovely. Exactly the same for Robert and Michelle – just wonderful. Stunning home and so hospitable and welcoming. Chatted to Gail on phone. Paddy was asleep. Their other friends also charming. The kids played cards and we all had a lovely evening.

Go to: Sydney (1995)

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