The Ooh Tour
April 24-25, 2011: Sydney, Anzac Day
evil plan began as we boarded the flight from Honolulu to Sydney. The flight
time is only 10 hours from Hawaii to Australia, instead of 16 hours from San Francisco;
this makes the trip much more bearable. In addition, if you subtract the day in
time zone difference, Hawaii is only four hours out of sync with Australia.
can I say about the flight, other than it was long,
cramped, and boring; like all flights. We arrived at the decent hour of 7:30 pm
and were soon tucked away in bed at our hotel in
Monday morning, we woke to one of Australia's most celebrated days: Australian
and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) day. We were greeted
by thousands of people lining Sydney's main street cheering-on marching bands,
current military forces marching, and the dwindling remnants of the old Diggers
(veterans of WWII).
Video of ANZAC Day
We ate lunch at the Sydney Oyster Bar, my favorite place
to eat in Sydney. We walked around the glorious Opera House and picked up
tickets for a show there.
we walked to the Sydney Botanical Gardens taking in the many plants and
animals. We were surprised to find the place filled with Fruit Bats all hanging
asleep with their wings wrapped around them. The white Cockatoos were endless
fun to watch as they squawked and flew about getting into mischief. This park
is a real treasure and so accessible to downtown Sydney.
We ended the day with Sue and John at a superb dinner in a restaurant that has a
spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House.
Video of Sydney Town
April 26, 2011: Manly
we took the ferry from Circular Quay and weaved our way through the many and
beautiful coves and bays of Sydney harbor to land at Manly. Manly is famous for
its surf beaches. Today it is a very quaint little village filled with
restaurants, bars, friendly people, surfers, lifeguards, and sun worshipers.
Perched on the high sandstone cliffs surrounding the town, very classy and
expensive designer homes look out over their million dollar views.
is a peninsula with an almost round bulbous end. Julia and I
walked from the ferry pier all the way around the end of the Manly
peninsula and back to the ferry. It took two and half-hours to complete the
walk, but it was well worth our effort. We saw sandy beaches, sheltered coves,
towering sandstone cliffs, the raging surf of the blue Pacific, million dollar
homes, and the tropical bush land of Manly.
was horrified when she discovered a large orb spider sitting quietly in its
web. However, as we progressed on our hike we came to a heavily overgrown part
of the trail. Julia happened to look up and was terrified to see a massive
network of spider webs, with hundreds of orb spiders dangling dangerously close.
Suffice to say that we left the area in some haste.
we returned to Sydney town, we met up with our friends Mark and Colleen and
headed for the Sydney Opera House to see Mr. Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing". It was very good and so odd for me
to hear every character deliver the timeless prose in full Ozzy
Video of Manly