Darling Harbour.

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The view of the city from Darling Harbour.

Jasus!  We must be getting used to the concentration camp that is Peter's, because once again we found the will to spend a day off sightseeing.  We'd seen most of the things Sydney has on offer, except for another waterside area known as Darling Harbour.  The Sydney Exhibtion Centre is there, and since there was a massive book, cd and dvd sale advertised on tv which claimed to have millions of discounted products there that sealed the deal for us. 

The weather was warm again if a little cloudy, and we managed to get there in good time for a change.  First we went to Paddy's market, which is a simple massive indoor market with hundreds of stores right next to Darling Harbour.

Taking a rest.
  The stalls sell simply everything, more kangaroo and koala things than you could ever imagine, and lots of Aboriginal and Asian products too.  It took a solid hour just to cover all of the stalls before we decided we had enough.  We headed next for the Powerhouse Museum, which John had been bugging me to go to for weeks, being the nerd that he is.  We arrived there around 3.30, and since it was free in for the last hour from 4 to 5 we sat outside with an ice cream to kill the time.  We are not cheap, just practical as there's a lot of travelling left and we saved ourselves $20!!  It's basically a science museum, which has a world renowned electronics centre inside.  The best bits were sitting in a real electric chair, using one of the very first Apple computers which comes in a suitcase, and an 3D show.
Another old ship....don't know the story of this one though.
 There was a side exhibition about the Great Wall of China, but since we are there next year there was no point learning about it now. 

We headed next to the Exhibition Centre where lots of the indoor sport events were held during the Sydney 200 Olympics. This is where the sale was on, and sure enough there was a football sized warehouse with thousands of books and cds on sale, so we killed an few hours and a couple of dollars there.  Afterwards we walked around Darling Harbour, which had a Dutch ship in dock that was a replica of the one that sailed all the way from Holland before Captain Cook discovered Australia, but failed to travel inland and claim the continent.  They had made the sailing without any engines, exactly like the original, fair play.  Lunatics.  There was also a few battleships docked in the bay, and the view of the nearby skyscrapers was stunning.  We eat a tasty kebab by the watersedge while some carol singers were singing behind us, coaxing the crowd into some festive spirit dispite the sweltering heat.  We spent a happy hour or two there before heading for home.  Only one more week left in work.  As always, the last one will be the longest!

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