Last day of holiday. Awoke bright and early. Packed suitcases. Had a lovely breakfast with the people we were staying with. Said our goodbyes. What a fantastic holiday. Loads of great memories. The main reason for this holiday was to see my two daughters smile. They never stopped smiling. We had so much fun.
When we finally drove away from the house my youngest daughter shouted out the window to our friends “Don’t forget the fun we had”
Thanks to Guide Dogs Travel Awards I was able to have my dream holiday.
Last chance too see the sights of Sydney before we head off home to Tamworth tomorrow. I have had so much fun. I particularly enjoyed the adult conversations that I have had with the people that I have met and the people that we are staying with. They have been great hosts. I have been very blessed. As a single mum, I have little opportunity to converse with adults..
In the morning we visited The Sydney Tower Eye. The Observation Deck is 268 meters high and we were able to get a birds eye view of the city. We also had a 4D cinema experience which added to the enjoyment of the Eye.
In the afternoon we headed to Madame Tussuads at Darling Harbour. My children loved dressing up and having their photograph taken with famous people such as The Queen, Ned Kelly, Enstein. Too name but a few.
At 7.40pm we watched a 30 minute dazzling Firework and Lightshow Spectacular that was on and around Sydney Harbour. The fireworks was part of the International Fleet Review 2013. It was incredable. Not only did we have perfect weather for fireworks, we also had a fantastic advantage point ( A private balcony of a house overlooking the Harbour). NO CROWDS.
A perfect end to a perfect holiday.
The sunshine has returned.
We decided to re visit the Harbour today to see what a difference some blue skies would make. We also decided to take things easy as we have had some very busy days and the kids are tired.
I managed to get some great shots of the Opera House and the surrounding area. There were a few of the Navy ships already in dock but many more too come. Navy ships from all over the world are coming to Sydney to participate in the Fleet RevieW 2013.
The place was very crowded. .We sat on the Opera House steps for a few hours and listened to the Navy bands rehearsing for the big event. Lunch was at a cafe on Circular Quay and my children loved watching the buskers perform as we ate.
In the evening I managed to catch up with some old friends who I have not seen for two years..
First day of rain. Unfortunately, I had already pre-booked a Captian Cook morning coffee cruise for this particular day. So I did get a little bit wet sitting up on deck taking in the sights . However, my Kids did enjoy eating the box of cakes that were served with morning tea. For me, the hightlight of the whole cruise was being able to see the Tall ships sail into the Harbour for the International Fleet Review 2013. The ships were magnificent. We are very fortunate to be in Sydney for this event. The atmosphere is one of excitement. Prince Harry is also visiting Sydney and there is a sports final in town which is making the streets more busier than normal.
We visited the Australian Musuem in the afternoon. I loved the fact that I was able to touch the exhibits and interact with them. I was particularly interested in the mummified body and the dinasaur exhibition.
The day was a mixture of sightseeing and culture and I enjoyed both.
The weather is glorious. Blue skies. Manly Beach here we come.
We had to travel by several modes of transport to get there but it was worth it. Bus, train, ferry. The ferry ride was very exciting. We had decided to sit upstairs on the ferry so that my children could get a better view of the journey but my oldest daughter insisted on putting her head out of the window all the way there. She was fascinated by the waves. In fact, so was I. The scenery was stunning. The Harbour is a wonderful place.
Once we had disembarked, we headed straight to the beach. Surprise, surprise! My youngest daughter took a few tumbles in the waves but she insisted on going back in again and again. However, her sister preferred to sit on the beach and build sand trenches. Only to see them be washed away by the tide.
We had a lovely lunch in a Greek restaurant on the parade. My daughters also enjoyed the mandatory ice cream that followed. They were divine. There was even a movie crew filming on the beach whilst we were there. Some star from X Factor I was told
This day has been one of the best days of the holiday. Very relaxing.
Tomorrow we hit the Harbour again. Going on a sightseeing cruise.
Got up early and headed to Darling Harbour. Visited the Wildlife Sydney Zoo and the Aquarium. Two very big attractions. We saw a variety of native animals and even had our picture taken with a snake. My children were fascinated with the public transport system. They loved travelling on the “big bendy bus” and the “escalator that turned into stairs”. Such everyday objects that sometimes we take for granted. It has been another big day. Tomorrow we head to Beach. Hope the sun is shining.