Walking around Sydney with Will

I walked up to Randwick and met William and fed him some breakfast, then we took a bus downtown. We walked all over Westfield Mall. That place is gorgeous. The kid really needed new shoes. Here’s proof:

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We found some new Nikes, and the went out and I got a good look around.

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Monday

Today was a relaxed day. We went to Bunnings, the hardware/garden store, and got some supplies. Then I went to the beach and laid around for a couple of hours.

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Later we ate leftovers, and Robert strung the solar lights he got at Bunnings. So pretty on the deck!

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Blue Mountains

Today we drove to the Blue Mountains. It took about two hours each way.

We stopped in a couple of little towns. The first was Leura, and we took a hike down along a long cascade.

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It’s sheltered by trees and cool, and so pretty.
Off to lunch at a place called Bon Ton in Leura.

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And this is just so I remember the nice wine we had:

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Back in the car, and a drive to a lookout area that is magnificent.

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Quick explanation of what you see in that photo:

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More:

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The place is really immense. We were there late in the day as the light was beginning to fail, so I couldn’t get a good photo of the whole panorama, but it was really something and worth the drive.

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Trip to the country

We drove about two hours north to visit Robert’s friend at her country house.
Here’s Robert’s pic of himself, with me driving in the background. Do I look tense? I am.

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Anyway, we got there intact and it was a beautiful drive.

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It’s about four or five acres, with a house and a guest house, and a horse and a dog. And it’s idyllic.
Gaye and Mike were great company, and served up a massive and tasty lunch.

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I drove us back home through Sydney rush hour traffic. My hands are sore from gripping the steering wheel so hard!
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I did drive on the wrong side of the road briefly, in the country, discovering my error when a car appeared coming the other way. No harm but slightly elevated blood pressure. 😀

Coogee to Bondi walk

Robert, Joan and I headed out together this morning and headed north. Leaving Coogee Beach you see this:

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It is a memorial to a terrorist attack in Bali in 2002.

20130411-163404.jpg Walk walk walk… See a “bath” that’s been reclaimed by the ocean.

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20130411-163722.jpg above, that’s the Clovelly Bowling Club.

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That is a cemetery just before Bronte Beach. Prime real estate for the dearly departed. I seem to have included my thumb in my Bronte Beach photos.

20130411-164424.jpg by this point Robert had headed back, and Joan and I got some food. There is a row of restaurants facing Bronte Beach. We just plopped down at one and got BLTs. Delish.

20130411-164731.jpg. The view from the restaurant:

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After lunch we continued on but made a tactical error in following the path, and instead found ourselves in town, climbing steep streets, Looking for a cab to put Joan in and send her back to coogee. We found a cab eventually but this escapade added about two miles to my day. Going on alone now, I make it to Tamarama Beach:

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It is stunning, just like just about everywhere so far. Except maybe Clovelly Beach. And then, voila: that is Bondi Beach.

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Did I walk all the way over there? No, I did not. Why not? I was lazy. And tired. And sore. The walk involves lots of stairs.

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There’s a lot more than that. Suddenly I no longer mind the seven flights of stairs at the office. Today was a success but I would like to try it one more time before I leave here if I can. Next up tonight: the Opera.

Dinner and a play

Dinner was at Fix St James. The menu was interesting and the place was so loud we couldn’t hear across the table. For a while I couldn’t figure out what to order. (Bone marrow, anyone?) But I got an entree for my main, which is the Australian version of saying I got an appetizer for my entree, and it was an heirloom tomato with cucumber, avocado and goat cheese. That thing was amazing. I remembered to take a photo when it was about half eaten.

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Our dinner companion was Vicki, a friend of Robert’s who travels with him sometimes.

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The play was Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, at the Theater Royal.

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The play took place on a giant turntable with minimal sets and Australian accents. Odd to hear characters talk about growing up in Mississippi and going to Ole Miss in an Australian accent.