We are spending time with friends who are from Sydney. They have actually volunteered to be our official Sydney Tour Guides. So today we walked all over the main area of the old city and ended the day down at the Opera House.
Regrettably, the oddest thing has happened: It’s raining, a lot! I’m repeatedly told it never rains in Sydney during the winter. But despite the raining and the cold, we have walked my legs off!
We started with the hotel: Blue. It’s on a wharf over the water in the harbor. It was built in the 1800’s. It has a great deal of history and will be pictured and featured in my post tomorrow. In the middle of the large wooden warehous-like building that has been gloriously renovated is apartment living space, and at the end are several top dollar condos. Russell Crowe and his family live in one of them.
We walked up to Paddington for a marvelously leisurely coffee (tea for me) and breakfast. (I say up, because we walked up what seemed like 10,000 stairs!) This is the community in which our friends live, a wonderful walking community. The waitress went on about sneaking into a rehearsal of Lang Lang and the symphony at the Sydney Opera House. He was performing the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto–my most favorite piece of piano literature. She said they were performing it tomorrow night. I almost died!
The goal at the end of the day was to have tickets to that concert. (Regrettably we had missed the Rachmaninoff. It had been the night before. The Tchaikovsky 1st was scheduled for tomorrow and was sold out. Confound it! So disappointed!)
A late lunch was had upstairs in a pub that has been in business since the 1800s. My friend and his family have been eating there every Sunday for the past 20 years!
I loved the mixture of architectural styles, especially the old terrace houses that were built in the 1800s for the workers in the area factories. The tiniest of these (think small) now sells for $800k. The larger ones (typically in the 2 – 3 bedroom range) sell in the millions. High dollar homes.
The birds and the beasts in this land are loud and unusual. Below are just a few of the photos from the day.