Today was a big day. We woke up early to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge. My group was the first to go. 1,437 steps to the top. 440 feet from the water. I used to think that I was out of shape, now I know that I am. It was definitely winded climbing up. I had to play it cool because I was surrounded by many young, healthy high school students. Our guide was funny. He told us some of the history of the Bridge. It was built during the depression and was greatly credited with saving Sydney because it provided many jobs. Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) was one of the men who worked on the bridge. 16 people died during its construction. If someone was killed the men would take the next day off and give their wages to the widow. It finally opened in 1932. The view from the top was amazing!
After the Bridge Climb we had lunch on the Sydney 2000 cruise boat. It was so relaxing circling the harbor. The kids were able to go up on the top deck while us old folks enjoyed some quite time. I got some great photos of the harbor.
After the Cruise we went to an Opal store. We watched a video that made me know without question, I never want to be an opal miner. Tough Job! In the store we saw the most expensive opal on the planet and were suckered into buying lots of opals for our family. I got a necklace for my mom and a ring for myself.