Day 36, Salty Sydney Harbour Water
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December 7th, 2006 – by: sweep73
Today was a good day because we had no specific plans so it was relaxed. We slept in a little bit and then got the train into town. First we ended of going on a jet boat on the harbour. We were walking along and he persuaded us but Margaret had recommended it and it was very good. The boat went 100mph all over the harbour...Under the bridge, out to the mouth of the harbour and also did 180 degree turns which were very sharp and got us very wet. It was a crazy ride. It also took us past Fort Denison which is a tiny island fort out in the harbour which looks a lot like the little castle of the coast of Douglas, Isle of Man. It was originally a huge pyramid and years ago to discourage crime, the Head of Punishments decided to hang a criminal off the edge of the pyramid and leave him there for four years, through all weathers. It was then turned into a fort because 2 American ships sailed right into the harbour and the Governor decided that anybody could sail in and destroy the city very easily. 3 cannons were placed on the fort and apparently it was lucky that an angry bullet was never fired because if fired all at the same time they would have all come in on each other and blown the island to pieces. Then we walked to Mrs Macquarie's point again for more photos, this time in our christmas hats. We got one professional one done of ll three of us in front of the bridge and the Opera House and it looks really good. We moved down to the harbour wall for more pictures and there were so many Chinese people....doing their touristy 'take pictures of everything including us random English people wearing christmas hats' thing. They recorded and took pictures of us without us knowing, and then a few couples even asked to have pictures with us in our hats. They didnt just want to borrow the hats, they wanted us in the picture. Strange. After all the madness we decided to relax on a hill overlooking the harbour in the Royal Botanical Gardens to dry off and sunbathe as it was a glorius day. Next we walked up to the Sydney Sky Tower. This is the highest point in the city and the highest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. The views were spectacular and when we had finished a Oz simulator ride, which took you to places all over the country, was included in the ticket. We hurried home after this because we were going to watch a Sydney FC soccer match. Well that was the plan until we got home and realised that it wasnt actually on until next Thursday. Good job we didnt stay in the city and go straight to the ground as planned. So instead we went to the cinema. James Bond:Casino Royale isnt out until tomorrow here but the cinema close by had a special preview which we got tickets for. It was really good.
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