Blogs from Harbourside, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside July 16th 2021

While I do not attend so many classical music concerts lately, I had enjoyed my visits to some of the world's most famous concert halls. These would include: Royal Albert Hall in London, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall in NYC, Sydney Opera House, and the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest. In no particular order, here are a few of my thoughts and experiences. My first real concert, other than the old San Francisco Opera House (before Davies Hall) was at Royal Albert Hall in London. We had to queue around the building for hours ahead of the concert. So, I found some friendly Aussies with beer and a deck of cards! The performance, which was both long and ... read more
London's Royal Albert Hall
Sydney Opera House

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside October 9th 2018

The Last Leg & (1/2) The Return to Sydney and Karen's arrival. Left Canberra around 9:00- I intentionally didn’t gas up because I need to turn my bike in with just a small amount of fuel for the transport back home. Rain was threatening and it did indeed spit on me a little but not enough to make me don my rain gear. Note: Of my eight major rides this trip was my longest (# days), yet is the only trip that I didn’t have to don my rain gear at anytime during the entire trip! While a little chilly it wasn’t very windy on the trip up to Sydney. The terrain was hilly with lots of sheep and cattle farms. I had to stop for gas about 100 miles from Sydney and had to guesstimate ... read more
Another Colm from Cork _ Second Colm I've met from Cork Ireland both are nice fellas
My Osaka based Teppanyaki Chef in Sydney
Karen and I having lunch with the Harbor bridge in the background_ when we return we will climb to the top

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside October 26th 2015

Nie chcąc tracić czasu, w Sydney w pierwszej kolejności udaliśmy się na Circular Quay i pod Operę. Gmach zrobił na nas ogromne wrażenie, dlatego też, wybiegając troszkę w przyszłość, następnego dnia rano zaplanowaliśmy poranną przebieżkę w taki sposób, aby móc ponapawać nim oczy ;) Ciesząc się australijską wiosną pospacerowaliśmy też po Ogrodzie Botanicznym. W przeciwieństwie do wiosny znanej nam z Polski nie widać tu świeżej zielonej trawy i budzącej się do życia przyrody... zimy są tu tak łagodne, że przyroda śpi. Wiosna to natomiast mnóstwo kwitnących drzew i krzewów, niesamowita ilość cudnych zapachów i kolorów. Do tego egzotyczne ptactwo – ibisy, kakadu i inne nieznane nam gatunki dają wrażenie, jakbyśmy się znaleźli w innym świecie. Dotarliśmy też do najstarszej dzielnicy Sydney, The Rocks. Przypomina ona nam trochę krakowski Kazimierz – zapomniana przez lata, od niedawna oży ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside February 26th 2015

We awoke to rain this morning, but decided to keep to our plan of visiting Manly and, optimistically, taking our swimming gear. We walked to Pyrmont Bay to catch a ferry to Circular Quay. There we transferred to the Manly ferry. This boat is unique in having a pointed bit and propellor at both ends. The journeys took us under the bridge and past the Opera House; lost count of the number of photographs we have taken of both of these icons. To reach Manly the boat has to cross the opening to the harbour and in the wind and rain and a six foot swell this became an exciting journey as the Manly ferry is no ocean going liner. The attraction of Manly is a beach on the harbour and only a couple of hundred ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside April 13th 2013

After breakfast today I went to Paddys Market where I bought two ipod cases and a Barcelona soccer strip. I then went for a ride on the city's monorail which closes this June. I got off at the City Central Station where the Westfield Sky Tower is locaed and I went with my cousin Harry up to the top of the tower which is 309m high. After lunch I walked round the Old Rock area of the harbou which is a market selling arts and crafts. In the evening I went with my family for a meal at Darling Harbour which is named after Lieutenant General Ralph Darling.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside April 12th 2013

Flew to Sydney today and arrived about 10am and took the train to the hotel and after checking in I went to Circular Key. I watched a juggler who juggled with fire and knives. I had a ride on an OZ Jet Boat which is a speed boat that holds about 20 people and it speeds about the harbour doing 360 degree turns. Although I wore a cape to protect me from the spray I got totally soaked. Saw the famours Harbour Bridge and then went to the Opera House. After lunch I went on a pleasure cruise around the harbour and had afternoon tea on board . In the evening I watched Brisbane Roar on the TV. They were playing Western Sydney Wanders but unfortunately Brisbane lost the match.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside November 6th 2012

Maria and I took a plane to Sydney on Friday November 2nd. We got to Sydney Central YHA, then took the train to see the Opera House and Sydney Harbor bridge. It was beautiful – we climbed the bridge, listened to didgeridoo music, and shopped at the markets for family Christmas gifts. We tried to find the Botanical Gardens, but failed. We ended up meeting Bird’s friend from Sydney at the Opera Bar and ordered cocktails overlooking the water! We went into the Opera House and ran into those 16 year old boys we met at Byron!! How weird! At night we went out to a club called Candy which had an obnoxiously large cover stamp to get in. That was the night where the cheetah dress made an appearance. Saturday Melissa drew the curtains at ... read more
The city
The sign

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside April 12th 2011

My friend Frankie had a couple of days off work this week so she took me out to see some of the sights of Sydney. First we got a bus to Circular Quay, which is the place where all the trains and buses and ferries stop. The train station has a really good view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, much better than any views from most train stations I've been to. We then walked across the Harbour Bridge. It is very big and took us about half an hour to walk across (although it might have taken less time if Frankie hadn't stopped to take so many photos). From the bridge you get really good views of the harbour, the Opera House, the skyscrapers in the city and all the boats going past on ... read more
view from Circular Quay train station
View from Circular Quay train station
Ferries on Sydney Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside March 31st 2011

This will be a short blog, but I wanted to get something out before calling it a day! Today has been the longest day of the trip so far. We were up at 3:30am this morning and at the airport by 4:30 to ensure we had plenty of time to make our 6:15 flight to Sydney. All I have to say is thank goodness for the Qantas lounge! We had a nice breakfast while watching the India/Pakistan Cricket game. We were fortunate enough to sit by 2 guys who were pretty knowledgeable about the sport. One of the guys was a producer for a sports channel in either Sydney or NZ (can't remember which) who focused only on Cricket. Even after listening to them explain the game, I still had no idea what was going on! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Harbourside March 20th 2011

~Bat poo~ From high up in a Sydney Tree, A bat, Just Shat, Upon my knee.... The end. Based on a true story. ... read more

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