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Published: October 18th 2019
Monday 14 October - Darling Harbour
We slept really well in our lovely upstairs room. We woke about 8.00 and after breakfast we set off in the car. Karin showed us where her daughter Coleen first lived. We drove through Hunters Hill, which is beautiful and where the enormous houses cost a approx $7 to 8 million!
We found a lovely spot to photograph the iconic Harbour Bridge across the water.
We found all day free parking and walked a short distance to catch a bus to the Queen Victoria Building in the city. The stunningly restored building was a great place to visit, with carefully restored tiled floors, stain glass windows and iron railings, with 3 floors of designer shops. Karin treated us to coffee on the top floor. There are several huge clocks from the UK with little scenes showing important events in our joint history.
We walked to Darling Harbour, which was really lively and busy. The sense of success and affluence is clear. There was varied architecture and enormous sky scrapers looking shiny in the sunshine. We had a delicious lunch at Baia, an Italian restaurant, overlooking the Harbour. We wandered around the
waterfront ending at the Maritime Museum with a submarine and the Valiant destroyer. Clearly the seafarers were crucial to Australia.
We walked back to take the bus to where we parked the car and then drove to Hubberfield Boat House and Rowing Club where we enjoyed a cool drink overlooking the water. Girls from St Catherine's school were setting up their sculls to go out and practice their rowing. Karin was a wonderful guide with lots of local, helpful knowledge.
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