Today I took the train from Wilma’s suburb into Sydney. The trains are quiet, clean and on time. I took it all the way to Sydney harbor and from there walked over to the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The gardens are vast and beautiful.
They provide another angle for viewing the opera house and bridge. There is a governors mansion on the property and the large white macaws can be seen and heard everywhere.
There were some plants and herbs that were familiar but mostly it was a day of learning and appreciating the botanicals unfamiliar until now.
I saw a huge spider and while trying to get closer for a photo opportunity, I got myself caught in another web. I immediately had a flash of everyone telling me how many deadly spiders there are in this country and jumped out of that vicinity while brushing off my arms and shoulder of any possible passengers that might have landed on me. No external screaming was involved.
After completing the gardens, I headed toward the Darling Harbor area on foot. I stopped in a building with a food court that I could see masses of people eating a hot noodle bowl. There were many places, but the line for the bowls was the longest but moving very fast.
I tapped into the Wi-Fi and googled to find the foodies of Sydney love the place for the Laksa soup.
It is a full flavored, spicy noodle soup with meat of choice. I had beef and loved it.
I took the ferry back to Circular Quay where I grabbed the train back to the burbs.
Great day. Love Betty
It is snowing to beat the band today! Predictions are of one to three feet in our area. Lovely spring snow that will soak the ground good for all the trees, shrubs and grass.
It also gets me thinking of weather on the other hemisphere and where to visit while I am there. Wilma said that it was 90 degrees yesterday but that it has been cooling off for the most part and she was seeing people in coats and hats the other day. She also said they tend to wear them at around 70 degrees.
On my must be seen list are:
Sydney Harbor – Maybe a Ferry ride or get across the bridge for a view from the other side. You can do a bridge climb which I think would be fantastic, but I’ll save my pennies for some other things this trip as it is a bit pricey.
Sydney Opera House – Not sure if I will be able to get both day and night photos, but it is a must to see.
The Royal Botanic Gardens: sounds like a beautiful area to see the flora and fauna of the local area. It is free of charge and I should be able to get there via public transportation as with most of the things in Sydney on my own when Wilma is working.
The Rocks: The write up says: Earning its name from the sandstone rocks that line Sydney Harbour, this neighborhood is as quaint as it is cool. What we mean is that its cobblestone streets and 19th-century buildings are oh-so charming, but the shops, pubs, restaurants, and galleries are very fun and very au courant. One TripAdvisor user says, “Don’t let the ‘oldness’ fool you though. The Rocks are filled with amazing restaurants (don’t miss Sake…best sushi in town) and cute little book stores to pastry shops.”
That’s a start for in the city. I’ll check out more in a day or two.