Ah here we are are to Sydney! We had talked about going to Sydney for as long as I can remember. It was to be the start of a wonderful, long planned, 32-day vacation to celebrate the end of my husband's working years and the beginning of his retirement. He had worked for Eaton Corporation, (what used to be Cessna Fluid Power for 38 years).We took this long planned trip with friends, so we were able to share the experience.
After an 18 hour flight we arrived at the airport in Sydney and was taken to our hotel in the downtown area. A very nice hotel I do say. We were going to be in the Sydney area for 3 days before we boarded our ship to sail towards our final destination of Bangkok, Thailand.
We took some land excursions while on this 3 day stay that will forever be in my memory. We went into the Outback. We took a River excursion on a dry creek bed where the guide cooked a meal for us and taught us how to throw a boomerang. We also chased kangaroos through a field with the jeep.
Fun times. A trip to Ayers Rock is something that one will never forget. It was while at Ayers Rock we met the Aborigines and the flies.
Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, is a big
We did not climb the rock but there were plenty of
visitors who were climbing. It is a big tourist attraction. Besides meeting some of the Aborigine people and seeing them preform their dances and play the didgeridoo, my other memory of Ayers Rock is the flies. About a billion buzzing, annoying, always in your face, Australian Black flies. And they were everywhere. We bought hats that had the mosquito nets to cover our faces and they still drove us out of our minds. It was hot. And humid. And they wanted to suck the moisture right off of you. I think this is without a doubt the first thing that pops into my mind. Those annoying, buzzing, biting flies.
While we were in Sydney in March of 2000, the city was preparing for the Summer Olympics. We toured the facility and other areas that would be hosting the games. It was very interesting to see this side of what goes on to prepare a city for such a big event.
Sailing out of the Sydney Harbor we passed under the Sydney Harbor Bridge and sailed by the magnificent Sydney Opera House.
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|English: A exposure blended photo of the Sydney Opera House, as viewed from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.l (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|