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Published: June 26th 2017
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On Thursday night we did not go to the Closing Ceremony . Fletcher doubted whether he could stand long enough for us to get into the venue and we weren't sure whether it was a sit down meal or buffet style. So we opted for dinner at Edgewater instead. We were joined by Bob Snow and the evening turned out well. He is a great conversationalist and with a couple of bottles of wine or three the night skipped by very pleasantly.
Friday was our last day and after a leisurely breakfast we enjoyed our last moments of watching the waves while reading a book and did very little, a luxury after 3 full on days. We left the Resort at 2pm and were taken to the airport for our 4-30pm flight. It was a seven hour flight to Sydney during which we skipped a whole day. I read and entire novel and watched the movie, Monuments Men which I enjoyed. We touched down in Sydney at 8pm Saturday night!
We had booked to stay at Rydges Airport hotel as we were too late for connecting flights to Adelaide.This is a short walk from the International Terminal. I had also decided
that as we had to stay over we might as well make the most of it and have a day in Sydney.
So on Sunday morning after a sleep in we set out about 10-30am and took the Airport train into Wynyard Station. We then walked up to Pitt St Mall and had a coffee and croissants for breakfast. Fletcher wanted to go to Dymock's so we first looked into Myers and the QVB building before ending up there. Naturally we found a ferw books that we wanted!
From there we caught a bus to Circular Quay and caught the ferry to Darling Harbour. I hadn't been on the Harbour since 2000 during the Olympics. It was a sunny day but the wind was cold. However, it was very pleasant going under the Bridge and past Milson's Point and Balmain to disembark at King's St Wharf. We decided to eat at Nick's a sprawling restaurant near the ferry stop. Here we had a nice lunch, Fletcher opting for Seafood Linguine while I had a King Prawn and Crab Risotto. The crab and rice were great but the prawns were not as fresh as I would have liked!
Our waitress was French, out
here backpacking. She was amused at our attempts to speak French to her and became very chatty. She tempted us with the dessert menus and how could I resist the Bailey's Creme Brulee? Fletcher chose a Lime Souffle which turned out to be solid icecream in a souffle dish However, it was tangy and delicious. We had a sticky to wash it down and a very pleasant time in the afternoon sunshine.
We got the ferry and train back to the airport and Went to the Domestic Terminal to catch the flight to Adelaide. By the time we boarded it was 6-30pm and at three quarter time in the Showdown the Crows were ten points up. We were very relieved when on touchdown in Adelaide I had a text message from Lucy telling me that the Crows had won by 23!
A nice week, away from the cold and another Pacific country to add to my list. Add to that renewing acquaintance with old friends and enjoyable competition and a good time was had by all!
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