Published: November 2nd 2008November 2nd 2008
And so to Sydney. We had met Bev and her friends in Bali for 1 hour and had now arranged to stay with her for 4 nights!
We followed Bev's directions and found her apartment relitavely easily. What a fabulous apartment with even a 60" TV!. Her "good bunch" i.e. Rodger, Andrew and Mick and Emi with their lovely 20 months old son Kai all came to see us and we drank a lot of wine and beer with them all each night.
The Harbour Bridge was a bit of a disappointment, although the Opera House is nice. We walked across the bridge in the pouring rain but there are many prettier bridges in the world if not as iconic.
Next day we were invited to Mick & Emi's apartment to watch United play West Ham and afterwards Mick took the afternoon off to drive us around the sights in his car. Despite what many people had told us we liked Bondi Beach (it must be a British thing). Australia has the best beaches we have ever seen and without exception they were fine white sand.
Our last day we took the ferry to Manly which is very pretty and again has a wonderful beach. We took another ferry to our favourite place in Sydney, Darling Harbour and on the way back stopped for a coffee where we were served by a girl from Colne in Lancashire!
The previous evening we had asked Bev could we put a clothes wash on, which we did. When we got up it was all hung up to dry. When we arrived home in the evening it was all ironed and folded!
We will never forget the generosity and kindness shown by Bev and Co who all made us very welcome and we hope we can reciprocate it sometime in the UK.