Seeing the famous sights

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Sydney Opera House

Todays plan was to walk to the Harbour and see the part of Sydney that it is famous for.  It was a good walk through the quite posh area of Potts Point where the rich were sat out having breakfast, past the dockside where a naval ship had come in over night and then into the Royal Botanical Gardens.  The gardens were fantastic containing lots of exotic looking plants trees and birds.  The most amazing thing we saw were hundreds of bats (later found out they were fruit bats) hanging from the trees, flying around and settling down for a good days sleep.  They were extremely noisy but were fascinating to watch.

We continued through the park, passing Government House and then eventually rounded a corner for a wonderful view of the Opera House.

The Rocks
  We gradually made our way towards it, climbed the steps and had a look inside (not quite as impresive as outside).  We heard music coming from outside so went to investigate.  An entire Scottish pipe and drum band had amassed on the flat area just outside and were playing.  The band consisted of about 80 boys dressed all in Scottish garb, drums and pipes - it was brill.  The band was part of a school that had just had its 'school day' inside the Opera House - it was quite a posh boys grammar school by the looks of it.

After eating our butties on the steps we wandered around the harbour to Circular Quay.  It was a great atmosphere, very busy with several street entertainers keeping the crowds happy.  A huge cruise ship was in the dock, the 'Pacific Princess' looking as though it was preparing to leave.  We continued round to an area known as 'The Rocks' - the oldest part of Sydney.  It was a pleasant palce to stroll, cobbled streets, old buildings and Christmas Markets, all set against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge.  Our start spotting continued as we spotted Ant and Dec browsing in one of the shops - we stalked them for a while and when we lost them went for a beer in one of the streetside cafes.

Later on we went for a meal at a Thai restaurant next door to the hostel.

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Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks
The Rocks
The fruit bats in the trees in the…
The fruit bats in the trees in th…
The park in the city
The park in the city
The Scottish band in front of the …
The Scottish band in front of the…
Circular Quay
Circular Quay
The rocks - its Christmas!
The rocks - its Christmas!
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