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Australia!

We are in Sydney, Australia! I can’t believe it. We’re staying a short walk from the famous Sydney Opera House…
….and Circular Quay, the heart of the Harbor City.

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Posted by Swenigale 03:20

Oz Tours and Kangaroos

We spent Friday on a great tour to the Blue Mountains outside of the city. These Eastern Gray Kangaroos are in the wild, not in a zoo. One even had a “Joey” in her pouch!
That rock we are on is called King’s Table. The Blue Mountains are full of Eucalyptus trees and the oil they emit in the sunlight gives the mountains their blue color.
This cable car took us down to a rainforest at the Three Sisters rock formation and after a short walk we rode back up on the world’s steepest incline railway.
We are thinking of everyone back home and all of the Church Fair preparations. Have fun! We miss you!

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Posted by Swenigale 03:21

Saturday in Sydney

Sydneysiders love to shop. Here in a major department store, David Jones, all is ready for Spring (see hats) and Christmas (see tree)!
Who knew Sydney has a monorail? We took it to do some bargain shopping (of course) at Paddy’s Market (that’s the big brick building in the background).
The QVB, the Queen Victoria Building, full of high end stores, wealthy shoppers and gawking tourists.
We splurged on High Tea atop the QVB – Hästa ate it all!

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Posted by Swenigale 23:00

A Sunny Sydney Sunday

St. James Anglican Church – the oldest church in Sydney at 183 years. We attended an early morning All Saints Day service and remembered the Saints of Bethel in prayer.
Another angle of the Opera House (there are so many) …and look what snuck in during the early morning – the Statendam!
Sydney Harbor is amazingly busy with boats of every shape and size. People take ferries just like we take buses. We took a ferry to Manley Beach in the suburbs – volleyball, anyone?
An appropriate final dinner in Australia for Ed – you guessed it, mate – it’s kangaroo (not an endangered species).

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Posted by Swenigale 01:55

Things Sydneysiders would rather not show you

Fruit bats, or “Flying Foxes”, are destroying trees in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Creepy.
The Ibis, graceful and fun to watch. Because of them, Sydney trash cans had to be redesigned so the birds can’t get at the garbage with their long beaks!

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Posted by Swenigale 00:35

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