New Years Eve from Top of the Town

1 Jan

…..Nine o’clock. Family fireworks. 

THREE TWO ONE!!

Welcome 2017


Fireworks waterfall from the bridge. Amazing!

Here comes the New Year

30 Dec

Twitter keeps Sydney current. Tents were in place by 5:00 a.m. in coveted areas. No, not a gold rush, but a Fireworks Festival. The best viewing areas are FULL.

Thankfully, the apartment tower I am in has a viewing deck …just a few floors up. That’s where I will be. 

Some of the locals begin the celebration…

Eating 

Dancing…

And, hmmm, enjoying! 


Let the party begin!

 

Sydney Fish Market 

28 Dec

Boats arrive with the fresh catch. Fish and jellyfish drift under the dock. Ice is dumped. Men and women fill display cases and shipping containers. 


Trawlers set the scene…


while diners enjoy.


Scallops. Yum. 


Foodies welcome!

Let the shopping begin!

27 Dec

I took the ferry from Circular Quay to the Taronga Zoo. I passed the long queues entering the zoo and took the trail along the bay until Clifton Gardens Beach. The beach was busy. 

The trail was well marked and offered incredible views. 


The Iconic Sydney Bridge..and those brave souls high above the harbour!

The exploring completed, the bus brought me back. Near my apartment, Frank from Italy, has a tiny bistro, tucked in a quiet lane. He created a fresh crisp salad …extra avocado, less chicken….while I enjoyed a cappuccino and read the paper. 

Amazing, no?

Happy Holidays

23 Dec

From the airport in Alice Springs and busy streets of Melbourne, Happy Holidays to all.

Sunrise at Uluru

13 Dec

The Rock is still a dark shadow while I walk the path. Dingos yip and howl in the distance. The sun climbs the horizon. Uluru greets the day. 

The guide tells our group that up to 2000 people enjoy this view daily. Because of the summer heat, fewer tourists are here today. 

Kata Tjuta is the mass of rock seen here in the distance. 


Nature struts across the horizon here. 

Moa

11 Dec

Moa is the name of a large (up to 2 meters tall and 250 kg) extinct bird of New Zealand. 

Along a winding trail in a seaside garden, 


we spy the bird and the foot print.


The latest theory is that is was hunted to extinction by early man. I imagine that it lived in a green world similar to this scene.


Now, the Tui bird with its white bow tie, is common. Happy song. 

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