Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House!

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You can climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge if you want.

Finally!!  After being in Sydney for 4 weeks, having spent the first week looking for work and a house and the next 3 working hard, we finally got to have a look around Sydney, and take in some of the sights.  We had seen most of what the city centre has to offer while running around looking for work, so heading to the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge was the obvious choice on our first day off since starting work.  We had been having Sundays off, but we were so bloody knackered from our jobs the first few Sundays we couldnt find the will to do anything but rest.  In case your wondering, I am working on the tills in Peter's busy retail store (go to www.

petersofkensington.com.au for a look), serving hundreds of customers a day in the run up to Christmas.  And John's in the 'dungeon', which as it sounds is set deep in the bowels of Peter's warehouse.  He's got to take stock from there to the front counter as its ordered, braving dog size rats, giant cockroaches as well as some crazy old hunchback called Fred who never leaves the dungeon and is alergic to sunlight and water.  I'm joking of course...about the rats, they arent quite that big...but believe me, there are rats down there!  So it's not that this was our first chance to see Sydney, just the first day we were'nt feeling so violated that were unable to go anywhere.  We are a short ten minute ride from central Sydney, and after a late start (all the hard work see) we set off.
Hmmm....yes...
 

We expected to find thousands of people as we turned into the harbour itself, but the area was surprisingly quite dispite the great weather.  It was a balmy 38 degrees!!  It was quite cloudy which was a releif really, John had made the mistake of wearing a pair of jeans and so was suffering.  We started by taking a stroll around the waters edge and towards the massive harbour bridge, getting some nice pics in on the way.  The area around it was covered with the usual assortment of stalls and street performers trying to outshine each other.  We made the short stroll around to the Opera ouse, which seemed almost transparent from across the water due to its white exterior.  It was really impressive up close, I hadn't realised before that is not just one complete building like you see it in pictures, but that its actually divided into two parts with each part having its 'palm leaf' facing a different way.

...And a Happy New Year!
  Apparently when it was choosen as the winning design for the new opera house, its designer failed to mention that it was physically impossible to build at the time!  It took another two years of thinking before he came up with the way his design could be completed.  Horse before the cart, typical Aussie.

We had a few pics around the area dressed up in tinsle and Santa hats before we headed off for the shade and a cook drink in the pub.  We spoted some really dodgy looking trees in the park on the way back, which I am convinced were nature's answer to Deirdre Barlows neck.  Everything here is like that, the bats are 18 inchs across and fly around in their thousands at night, the birds have huge long beaks and look like they'd peck your eyes out as soon as look at you, and the cockroaches genuinely are as big as big mice.  No snakes or spiders yet though, so we should be ok.  And that was it!  We were up too late to do much more, and we knew we had torture..., I mean work, the next day.  So that's all for our frist day sightseeing in Sydney!!

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You can climb to the top of the Ha…
You can climb to the top of the H…
Thats the Sydney Opera House, tha…
That's the Sydney Opera House, th…
Hmmm....yes...
Hmmm....yes...
...And a Happy New Year!
...And a Happy New Year!
The Opera House...of course!
The Opera House...of course!
Having a sit down outside the Oper…
Having a sit down outside the Ope…
Ok, Sydney trees look like Deidrie…
Ok, Sydney trees look like Deidri…
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