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Published: January 14th 2011
More impressive in the flesh and a steal at only 14 times over original budget!
Sunday 9th January – Back to Big Brash Sydney
Goodbye to the Melbourne gang before flying back to Sydney for some serious tourist activities: Fond Farewells
– How lucky we are to have such good friends and how sad to say goodbye, although only for now… Lord Nelson Brewery
– Allegedly the oldest hotel in Sydney but we happened across two “oldest pubs in Sydney” by accident (and it is a big place), so perhaps someone is telling porkies. This beautiful old building comprises pub on ground floor, bistro on first and hotel rooms on top floors, plus brews its own ale on site! Le Grand Cirque: Adrenalin
– A hugely entertaining circus show with some real death-defying moments, with the added bonus of being housed in the iconic Sydney Opera House – great views at the interval!!!
Monday 10th January – Let the Sightseeing Begin
A full day of soaking up all the best that Sydney has to offer: Free Walking Tour
– Three hours guided sightseeing around all the nooks and crannies of Sydney for nothing, apart from an optional tip. Darling Harbour
– Sydney’s adventure playground, with boats – sadly just a stroll
Supercool Opera Buff
Deborah contemplates world events before the show while looking out from the opera house bar.
alongside the harbour and a peek at the sights for us – so much to do…. Over the Top
– The big one – we trek up to the summit of the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge, with views to die for. For a man who doesn’t like heights, Simon is compelled to climb another tall structure – makes a change from leaping off them.
Tuesday 11th January – Gum Trees, Domain Pain and Noodles
A final round up of “must do” activities before heading off to what could be a whole world of floodwater: Botanic Gardens
– Dodging the raindrops through the beautiful botanic gardens, with bonus views of Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the same shot. Pain in the Domain! (runners see below)
– Office workers in Sydney get together on a Tuesday lunchtime to run up and down and around the green area called the Domain, which includes the Botanical Gardens. Paul leads the pain on a very humid day. Chinatown
– Dinner with Paul at a lovely restaurant in Chinatown before saying farewell (again) – next stop the outback! PITD – A regular Tuesday lunchtime 6-7k fartlek session for Sydney office
Proper Aussie Pies
Real life Aussie pies are a treat, but not too evident in the tourist area that is The Rocks. This was our notable exception.
workers (about 100-120 on this day). Splits into seven numbered groups (1 = fastest, 2 = next and so on), each heading off along the same course – theory is that no group will catch the next. A leader is chosen to select the duration and intensity of efforts; initially warm-ups and then ranging from quite hard to completely insane. Some efforts are longer (e.g. 700M alongside bay’s edge) – thanks for warning me Paul! Final effort is a sharp 150M(ish) uphill, to finish off a hard session. Great format: hard-going, relaxed atmosphere and fits well into a lunch-hour. Out of interest, I managed a fair showing in group 6 (approx. 31 mins) and we finished some 5 minutes below Paul’s best time for the course.
Tot: 0.728s; Tpl: 0.045s; cc: 7; qc: 45; dbt: 0.0237s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 2;
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