Sydney - Day 2

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Manly Beach

After Breakfast we hung out in and around the beach. Watched a big volleyball tournament and chilled out on the beach for a couple of hours...relaxing. Josh picked us up at noon, great to see him again as we hadn't seen him in a couple of years when he visited us in Dallas. He took us to his Condo and we met his wife Anna for the first time. They had a nice condo in Dewey Beach (pronounced Dee-Y). Ate some lunch at their place then we all headed out as Josh and Anna were going to show us the sights! It was great having a local showing us the nice spots of the city...only way to go. We headed to downtown Sydney to do a little city tour. Went to the Sydney Opera house and went inside to check it out.

Manly Beach
Would have loved to have seen a live opera or show there. It was very surreal standing on the steps of the Opera house overlooking Sydney Harbour. This iconic place is depicted in so many movies, shows, etc. and we were actually here. Went to the base of the Harbour bridge where you can actually buy a ticket to climb to the top and over the bridge as you are hooked to lines. I kind of wanted to do it but I was talked out of doing it by Josh. He said it was just a touristy thing and we had alot to do and see. I agreed but the next time I'm back in Sydney I think I WILL do it. Visited an area of downtown called "The Rocks". It is one of the most-visited parts of Sydney, and it's is not hard to see why. Nestled at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on the western shores of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and Australia, and of enormous historical signifiance.
Steps of Opera House
It is often described as "Sydney's outdoors museum". This old district has been transformed into a vibrant area of cafes and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. This has been done without destroying the area's Old World charm and historic buildings. And located at the north end of George Street, in the heart of The Rocks and under the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is The Rocks Market. The market, open on Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 and 5:00 pm, caters for all things arts and crafts. Browsing under the distinctive yellow sails that are over the market you'll find arts and crafts, photography, australiana, indigenous artware, jewellery, books and much more. In all there are something like 150 stalls...loved this area! After driving in and around some of the popular streets of Sydney we headed out to see some more beaches and beach towns including Bondi Beach.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi was a very glamorous spot where the beautiful people go to be seen. This beach and its surroundings had a very European, mediterranean feel to it. Bondi has gotten very popular lately with the "Bondi Rescue" show on TV about the lifeguards. After hanging out there for a while it was getting on for Dinner time. They took us to a very awesome restaurant set up high on a hill just outside of the city. And the view of the Harbour and the skyline in the distance as the sun was setting over the city was incredible, and once again left us speechless. At this point we agreed that if we had to pick one city in the world to live, and would have the best of everything, city life with downtown sydney, perfect weather, the small beach towns when you want to get away from the city, and the coast and the surf...Sydney is the place! After eating a HUGE seafood platter we left and Josh and Anna drove us around town for some beautiful night views of the city. I dont think days get any better than this.....

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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Steps of Opera House
Steps of Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
View from our restaurant
View from our restaurant
Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Seafood Platter!
Seafood Platter!
harbour bridge
harbour bridge
sydney at night
sydney at night
The Rocks
"The Rocks"
Sydney
photo by: Sunflower300