Today Dee-Anne and I spent the day having a walk about Sydney. We caught the train into Central station to start with, walking up to Hyde Park and the ANZAC memorial for a sombre start. Down the reflecting pond we walked until we got to the Sydney Festival Village, where the line for Sacrilege, a bouncy-castle Stonehenge, was far too long for us to consider getting in it. A shame as it looked like quite a cool thing.
Across the road from Sacrilege we took a look inside St Mary’s Cathedral, before walking through parks, including the Botanic Gardens, to the Opera House, somewhere Dee-Anne hadn’t been before. In one of the parks was a status of Robert Burns, an ancestor of Dee-Anne’s.
After the Opera House we took a walk to The Rocks for lunch, finding a great funky bar, The Argyle, and associated Dumpling Kitchen. Food was excellent, some great fusion dishes.
Finally, on the way home we stopped at N2 Extreme Gelato, where they fuse incredible flavours on the spot, with the help of liquid nitrogen. The visit was throughly enjoyed, and we shall be trying the Melbourne venue too.
Just a quick little blurb to show off my Christmas loot for this year. Nothing much, some interesting things, clothes and toys. A book I’m sure will come in useful as I practice my photography and a new case for my iPhone.
As this week starts, my weekend in Hobart comes to a close. It’s been a great event, another wonderful AFF gathering, and already attention is turning to next years event, where it looks like the front runner is Cairns.
Dad seemed to enjoy himself too, though did fall asleep twice, once at an after-drinks special in someones room, and once at the main dinner, where I think he simply had too much red too quickly, but it was enjoyable, and I think he’d be happy with the weekend and activities.
Undoubtedly, the highlight had to be visiting MONA, that museum is so amazing and I’m definitely going to have to go back to see more. I especially want to be there when the ‘poo machine’ takes its dump. Just for the novelty factor.
The Cascade Brewery tour could have been better, but the drinks by the bar, and free tasters as part of the tour were good. A better tour (if you could even call it that – more so experience) was the Lark Distillery in town. For $15 we expected to get 3 samples, and actually had the whole bar, and they did have some very nice, if not very expensive, products on offer.
Throughout this post I’ve included some of my better photos from the weekend, posted to Flickr. Some also ended up on Facebook.
Something else also worth mentioning is making new friends and seeing old friends. This event was the same as any other in that regard and I’m happy to expand my friends list!