Australia's icon is made of bathroom tiles.

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sydney opera house

Seeing something for the first time is always special.

Seeing something that you have seen a thousand times is even more special. Postcards, television, magazines, in the background of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; there are so many places that you see the opera house before you actually see it; with its iconic sails gleaming over the Sydney harbour.

Up close it was quite a different thing, the Sydney Opera House is as large, impressive and iconic as the reputation that precedes it. It was a random Scandinavian guy whose design of the opera house was chosen, and it was sails and/or shells that were meant to be the inspiration that developed it's unique shape. I could be wrong but I don't think the guy was very successful in his future architectural endeavours but the opera house certainly was nice if his only famous creation.

Bathroom tiles! sydney opera house
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What struck me was how old fashioned the place looked! I don't know much about interior decor (or, anything really) but the inside of the building had very brown carpets, tinted brown windows, and some rather untrendy furniture. I sort of expected the inside, like its timeless exterior, to be quite contemporary. But the place is stunning nonetheless, and for extra perks it might be interesting to note that the 'sails' are covered in what can only be described as bathroom tiles! That one has to get out! Here I was, wondering why it wasn't as shiny as I'd expected...

Despite this interesting discovery, it can't be denied that standing at Circular Quay, in the shadow of two of Australia's most famous monuments - the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House - with blue skies and a plethora of cruise ships, sail boats and jet boats bustling about, you can't help but feel you are in some place special.

Perhaps Sydney was much more magnificent than I'd imagined after all.

Rabid_Dingo says:
I was just as surprised to see the tiles when I made it to Sydney in 1998. I cannot wait to go back. Looks like you had a fun time.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2007
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