A Sunny Sunday in Sydney

We arrived at 10,30 am at Martin Place station to meet Angie and Roy at 11 am. We walked along Macquarie Street to their hotel and Peter took some pictures along the way. When we arrived at the hotel they offered us refreshments straightaway. And we soon got into talking amiably.

Later on we had Japanese lunch with them at the Opera House. The sky had cleared for the day. In beautiful sunshine we walked up to the Opera House. Peter took some pictures. When my lunch arrived Peter took a picture of that too. I had ordered a vegetarian roll. It looked beautiful with the avocado on top and cut up in small pieces. Somehow I managed to eat all this with chopsticks! I spiced every piece with soy sauce, horseradish and ginger. Delicious! The others had ordered something with fish. They all commented that my dish looked much more colourful.

After lunch we walked through the Botanical Gardens and Peter took some more pictures. By 2 pm we were back in Macquarie Street where Angie and Roy were staying at the InterContinental.They had tickets for a concert for later in the afternoon at the Opera House. So it worked out well that they could have a little rest before going out again. Peter and I wanted to catch our train back home from Martin Place. We had had a lovely day with two people we had never met before. But some of Angie’s family are known to us. They all were emailed some photos of yesterday’s meeting. One of Angie’s sisters, who lives in England, already emailed back saying she and her husband were planning to travel to Melbourne next year to see their two sons there and meet other family members. It’s such a small world! Peter worked out that a lot of the descendents of his paternal grandparents already live in Australia.

Angie and Roy travel today, Monday, to South Australia and to the Barossa Valley. They stay in Australia for two weeks only. During this time they also plan to fly to Alice Springs (to see ULURU), as well as to Cairns and from there back home to America. I think in Sydney they had had only three days.

15 thoughts on “A Sunny Sunday in Sydney

  1. Such a breath of fresh air. Beautiful pictures of Sydney. The thing I love most are the warm and happy smiles. A reflection of a fun and memorable trip. Have a blessed day my friend. Your posts and comments always bring me joy. Take care…

    1. Hi IT, glad you enjoyed this post and thanks for commenting. We might see Angie and Roy in Berlin again towards the end of the year. We have already booked another trip to Berlin.

    1. Yes, Inigo, there are many green Ferries like this one on Sydney Harbour. They’re part of the public transport system. People who live to the north of the harbour like to catch a Ferry in the morning to go to work in the city. Ferry rides are very popular in Sydney.

  2. Nice pictures of Sydney. We lived in Balmain for over 20 years. I remember the tram still going through the main street to East Balmain. That last bit was very steep and on the way back up this steep hill the tram was helped by a counter-weight under the road that would help pull the tram up hill.
    On the way down-hill the counterweight was pulled up the hill. Very clever engineering!
    You seemed to have had an enjoyable day. Thanks for that lovely piece of writing.

  3. Thank you very much for your comment, Gerard.

    Today, St.Patrick’s Day, looks a bit wet again, and tomorrow, Sunday, probably won’t be another ‘Sunny Sunday in Sydney’. We were so lucky last week that the sun had come out.
    When we came to Australia in 1959 all the Sydney trams had vanished already. We saw only a few tracks here and there. We are familar though we the Melbourne trams. One of them has been converted into a restaurant. On our son’s 50th birthday (two years ago) we travelled in a restaurant tram through the streets of Melbourne while we were being served a sumptuous dinner!

    Balmain brings back memories. Gaby, our daughter, had been in Prince Henry Hospital for quite some time after having been in a coma at age four. She knew nothing about the outside world. But she was familar with a lot of children’s books. One day we were allowed to take her out of hospital for a drive. We happened to drive through some of the Balmain streets which we ourselves had never seen before either. Gaby got very scared. She thought a witch would come out of the houses any minute! Reassuring the little darling nothing bad would happen to her we none the less left the area as quicly as possible!
    I believe these days the area is very gentrified.

  4. What a gorgeous day! And such clear skies too! We have had a week of rain here in San Francisco. I should not complain. We need the rain. We’ve had such a mild winter.

    Looks like you had lots of fun. And it looks like the temperature is also mild. You’re all wearing T-shirts.

    1. We’ve had a very wet summer this year. The temperatures are still mild. The air is usually quite humid. This weekend it’s raining again! Last weekend was one of the rare weekends with plenty of sunshine in Sydney, which was so good for the visitors from America. They couldn’t have been more lucky!

  5. Reblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:

    This morning, at the breakfast table, Peter and I were reminiscing about that day when we saw Angie and Roy in Sydney. I found out now, that this was more than eight years ago!

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