Highlights of Sydney
March 2, 2000. We take off from SFO airport for three weeks in Australia and three weeks in China. A few comments on our planning. Jon and I each carried a camera, his was a digital Kodak with plenty of memory chips and mine was a Canon SLR with loads of slide film. We each packed one softsided roller bag and a daypack. We had more books and paperwork then clothes. We did not drive a car or cook our own meals for six weeks.
The morning of March 4th, we touched down in Sydney, home of the 2000 Summer Olympics. Well, a few things need to be completed prior to the start of the games ie. mass transit from the airport since we stood in line for an hour waiting to catch a cab into the city.
We parked our luggage at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Sydney and took off exploring the city on foot. Our location was several blocks from the Sydney Opera House, designed by the Danish designer Utzon, and took 14 years to build once started in 1959. Hard to believe that the sail-shaped roof forms are covered with Swedish ceramic tiles.
Adjoining the Opera House are the Royal Botanic Gardens which follow the harbor and allowed us to take pictures looking back at the Sydney Harbor Bridge as well as the Opera House. In the Gardens we checked out the wire sculptures and the infamous flying squirrels that look like bats in the trees; then we returned to the Circular Quay area where ferries transport commuters and tourists all over the harbor.
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