Part 1: Sydney, Australia by da-AL


 

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge by Khashayar Parsi.

Australia, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge shown here, is stunning beyond what photography can convey.

Sydney Opera House by Khashayar Parsi.

Our vacation began with New Zealand’s beautiful Auckland / Rotorua / Redwoods / Huka Falls / Craters of the Moon / Waitomo Glowworms Caves / Taupo / Pirongia / and Hamilton Gardens. In Australia, we met terrific family in Gold Coast / observed these exciting birds — and these too / hiked breathtaking views / enjoyed delicious eats at the beach / saw some wild things and cute things at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary / had fun with Rita Rigby / delighted in a bit of the beauty and beasts of Brisbane / and later enjoyed Sydney’s art and the purring there, as well as this…

From — nature to architecture to entertainment to food to a heck of a lot more — it was impossible to see all of Sydney’s wonderfulness in the few days left to our holiday. What less would anyone expect of a city with a Writers Walk in front of their most notable site?! Mark Twain’s comments (near the Sydney Opera House) about his visit over a century ago still ring true…

Mark Twain quotation at Sydney Writers Walk.

Same as the other parts of Australia we’d visited earlier, ibis flock to Sydney as plentifully as pigeons do to our Los Angeles. We saw this ibis near a touching memorial to Australia’s working horses…

Ibis in Sydney.
Memorial in Sydney.

Their NSW State Library is as impressive for its architecture, collection, and reading room as it is for its displays of culture and art. Surely you’re not surprised by what caught my eye there — dogs, including a kangaroo dog!!!…

NSW State Library.
Art display at NSW State Library.
Historical art at NSW State Library.

What is a kangaroo dog? Well, here is what I found when I googled ‘kangaroo dog’…

We also ate various delicious types of food. The first night we had African food, another time I had a great veggie burger…

African food at Radio Cairo in Sydney is tasty!
I had a great veggie burger at Buddahlicious.

Visit back here soon, dear reader, for more about Sydney! What are your vacation plans?

64 thoughts on “Part 1: Sydney, Australia by da-AL

  1. Ooo I’d love to check out Writer’s Walk. And ibis, I’ve never seen one ‘in real life’ but I’m not sure whether I think they’re sweet or a little scary! I have family in Australia who’ve said before how amazing Sydney is. What a great trip, love your photos! xx

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    • Oooo to you dear Caz — you must visit — pretend you’re there just to see your family Lol — & don’t worry about ibises – they’re much larger than pigeons but same a pigeons, it doesn’t take much to get them to leave you alone if that’s what you want

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  2. A fabulous panorama photo at the beginning! This Australia trip of yours must have been one dream of a travel. But I bet your dog was over the moon to have you back! 🙂
    I looked at the videos with the kangaroos. I think they are overshaming the guy who hit the animal. He clearly only wanted to help his dog and was afraid of the large animal himself. So he tried to discourage it from further attacks, and maybe there was not that much clear thinking involved anyway … 😉

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  3. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and a part of your world!!.. here every day is a exciting new adventure so every day is a vacation!.. 🙂

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover, acquire new friends and gain knowledge of yourself and the world.” Samual Clemens aka Mark Twain

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