Walk Around Sydney

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.

The CBD from Domain park
The CBD from Domain park

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.

Dee-Anne at the Opera House
Dee-Anne at the Opera House
Sam at the Opera House
Sam at the Opera House
Flowers near the Botanic Gardens
Flowers near the Botanic Gardens

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.

 

Cheeseburger Gyoza
Cheeseburger Gyoza
Chinese Broccoli
Chinese Broccoli
Firecracker Prawn Dumpling
Firecracker Prawn Dumpling

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.

A cloud of cool gas
A cloud of cool gas
Enjoyable
Enjoyable

Tonight we see Hurricane Transcriptions / Laborintus II.

Boating

Another day, another boat trip.

With Murray away, we were off with Peter today to the Broadwater.  Anchored up and slowly drifted, but there were no dramas.  Too windy for beach cricket though.  Managed some photos, we had a good time.

Fresh seafood lunch
Fresh seafood lunch
Trolley lady... delivering our  bags to the boat
Trolley lady… delivering our bags to the boat
Who'd have thought you'd get an icecream guy all the way out here!
Who’d have thought you’d get an icecream guy all the way out here!
Need a photo of myself every so often
Need a photo of myself every so often

Had a bit of a headache when I got back, but I think that was just the sun and swell.  I didn’t drink much and am trying my best to avoid drinking too much tonight.  Though, Arakawa for dinner, yum!

Christmas

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.

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Also some photos of others’ loot.

Mum should visit Thursday Island...
Mum should visit Thursday Island…
Penny, Sze Sze and a wonderful present from Tae
Penny, Sze Sze and a wonderful present from Tae
Sze Sze's new shirt
Sze Sze’s new shirt

AFF7 in Hobart

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.

Dad on the lawn

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.

Josh on the MONA boat

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.

Dad at the Cascade Brewery

Throughout this post I’ve included some of my better photos from the weekend, posted to Flickr.  Some also ended up on Facebook.

The gang at Smolt

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!

Kate at Hadleys