Celebrate in Style for Paper Players #687
What I love about the Indonesian islands

Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Happy Monday.

Greetings from the Atlantic - again!  I'm so far behind on my travel updates that it's hard to believe that I was in Sydney in late February!  Lou and I flew over to Sydney after our trip to Perth.  We spent a night visiting with L & S and then drove up to the Blue Mountains for a nice relaxing weekend at a wonderful little hotel.  I thought that three days away in a nice retreat would be good for both of us after a pretty exhausting two years.  Because we flew from Perth to Sydney I managed to capture this shot of the iconic site of Sydney.  It was a wet and rainy early evening where a grey cast was over everything, but the bridge and Opera House still stand out as the defining architectural masterpeices they are:

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After a wonderful evening with L & S it was a quick drive up to the Blue Mountains.  The weather was glorious when we arrived and we were astonished to see how fabulous the room at the hotel was... well, you can hardly call it a ROOM!

This was the first view of the living area:

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Upstairs was the bedroom and THE BATHROOM!!!

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And then there was the view from the deck.  The deck also had a little plunge pool that look took advantage of!

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As you can see the weather was glorious when we arrived and you could see for 40 miles - all the way back to the outskirts of Sydney.  It was absolutely amazing.  We decided to hang out at the resort and just relax for the afternoon and then drive around the amazing views of the Blue Mountains the next day.  Sadly, it was pouring - and I mean pouring down and the visibility in spots was less than 10 feet!  So, we stopped and had a cup of tea and some scones in a cafe and drove back to the comfort of the resort.  Sadly, no sights from the Blue Mountains for this trip.

However, on Monday we took a drive around Sydney on the Hop On, Hop Off bus and caught some sights:

As you can see it was much better weather on the Monday

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And, as you can see, QM2 had finally caught up with me and was docked in just the perfect position. 

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As we were driving around I caught a shot of the fabulous technology college building in Sydney - it aboslutely fascinated me

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We spent another fabulous evening with L & S and the following morning L and Lou saw me back off onto the QM2 for me to continue my cruise.  Lou spent another day in Sydney with L and then flew back to the States.   This was my view as I got ready to board the ship... man.. that was a steep gangway!  The tide was really low so they had to raise the gangway and we got to see parts of the ship that aren't normally that exposed!

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The Everest-like climb back on board was worth it though when you see the view from my balcony!

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I took this from the other side of the ship:

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Of all the places we have docked, Sydney and Cape Town are certainly the most memorable locations.  Being down at the Rocks, one of the oldest parts of Sydney and being right up close and personal with the bridge and the Opera House is amazing.  In Cape Town we were docked with the most amazing views of the Victoria and Alfred waterfront and the majestic Table Mountain in the background.  Most of our docking locations are in working dockyards amongst all the shipping containers and everything that goes with it - but these two - just magnificent.

I have a few thoughts about Sydney:

  • The location and beauty of Sydney harbor cannot be denied.  It is absolutely stunning.
  • The city is modern, clean, full of amazing restaurants, cafes and shops
  • It has the Opera House, multiple museums and art galleries
  • The surrounding areas are beautiful and it's no wonder the area houses some of the world's most expensive real estate


there is something about Sydney that feels so sterile to me.  Yes, some of the older buildings have been maintained, but there is none of the faded charm that you find in Cape Town and other areas.  There's nothing about Sydney that makes me hanker after it.  I love visiting, but I couldn't live there.  It just doesn't have enough soul for me and doesn't give me that visceral heart pulling emotion that I feel about Cape Town and some of the other locations the cruise went to.  Mind you, it doesn't help that I only used my credit card three times, for short taxi rides, and got ripped off by a taxi driver to the tune of nearly $500 dollars worth of Door Dash meals delivered to he and his friends in Sydney.  Oh.. yeah... and the same thing happened to Lou and his credit card.  Of all the places that we were going to have our  credit cards cloned and used for fraudulent activity, I would never have thought it would be Sydney!  So, I love Sydney but I don't LOOOOVE Sydney.  And I would still take the view of Table Mountain and Cape Town over the Harbor Bridge and Opera House anyday!

After Sydney, it was up the East Coast of Australia, onto the Barrier Reef and then across to Indonesia and then Hong Kong.  I'll be back with more about that trip tomorrow.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.




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Jeanne H

Gosh, sorry to hear about the credit card mess. I've hankered to go to Australia.
Love reading about your trip. We should have nice Spring weather here at home when you get here. Hugs!

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