Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sydney Day 6

The weather was not so great this day. The sun does not always shine in Sydney. We went to the Saturday morning Paddington Market. One very persuasive market stall holder almost convinced us to buy something ridiculously expensive. Remember these sculptures at the bottom of this post? http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/salt-and-st-kilda-seaside.html Those sculptures and this one are both by Gillie and Marc.



The rain began as we walked around the market. We took shelter with a cup of the
'best coffee at Paddington Market', so the rather pleasant singer told us. The rain eased off enough for us to catch a bus to Circular Quay, where we then caught the ferry to Manly.


I don't think it was the last time we were at Manly but it was the first time we stayed where we stayed in Sydney where a sign on shop door stated it was closed because of the death of Michael Jackson. Michael is dead? I learnt of it first in Manly. I like the colours chosen for the shelters.


Nice buildings. Shame about the weather.


It really wasn't the weather to hang around Manly. I have never seen it so quiet, although the great cafe Fusion Point in Wentworth Street where we brunched was quite busy.
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Yes, this thing again.


And this thing, once more. Not a blue sky to be seen.


So Sydney was not so photogenic this day, so here are some photos not posted before from our visit. Outside our hotel was Whitlam Square, named in honour of our late Prime Minister, Gough God Whitlam.


I think it is a ringtail possum, rather that a brush tail, climbing a tree. I saw it scamper across the grass. Corrected, it is a brushtail possum.


The war memorial in Hyde Park is undergoing a renovation.


Yeah, showed you this the last time we were in Sydney.



The Ibis in Sydney are very relaxed among human company. Their beaks are ideally suited to getting food from swamps and rubbish bins, hence their nickname, Bin Chickens.



Flowering annuals in a park? You won't see that in Melbourne. Apparently we can't afford annual plantings.


I wonder what the HP stands for in Hyde Park.


St Marys Cathedral.

Archibald Fountain.



I know this as Centrepoint Tower, but I think it is called something else now. We went to the top in early to mid eighties.


More fountain photos.





Many Japanese companies are very versatile and manufacture many things. In the 1970s, Hitachi made trains for Melbourne and they only disappeared from the rails last year, I think. Now they make air conditioners.


Looking down the steep Wentworth Avenue.


I wouldn't mind living in The Connaught.


City skyline from our hotel rooftop.


War memorial.


Hyde Park.


East Sydney or Darlinghurst. I dunno.


Oxford Street.


We could just glimpse St Marys Cathedral from our level. We failed to make it to church on Sunday morning.


Not a clue.


Back to the 80s.



Lord Roberts Hotel where we et twice during our short stay.


The iconic Coca Cola sign at Kings Cross. It has been there in some form or another since 1974.


As well as designing Blues Point Tower, which I showed you a couple of days ago, the architect Harry Seidler also designed Horizon at Kings Cross, home to many celebrities and the apartments come complete with leaking showers and neighbours who you can hear leaking at night.


A colourful busker at Circular Quay.

I had a nice steak at Lord Roberts Hotel. I bought a drink for us and used my card to pay and 1.3% charge was added. You can be sure for our second drink, I paid with cash.

27 comments:

  1. Your photographic finger has been very busy.
    We are to get a suburb Whitlam soon. And hope that some of our more recent Prime Ministers aren't honoured like that while I am alive.
    I really like the cloudy day photos. Thank you.

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    1. So I heard about new suburb, EC. They would be low property values In the suburbs of Howard Heights and Abbottville.

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  2. The Griffiths Tea Building in photo 27 houses Sydney's version of Chin Chin restaurant. Whole building is just finishing refurbishment into apartments starting at $1.1 million for a one bedder.

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    1. Allan, I meant to make mention of that building. Thanks for the info. Rather expensive.

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    2. That's where I went to lunch the other week, Andrew

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  3. I adored manly though the weather was glorious when we went.. We stayed in the old isolation hospital up on the hill

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    1. Ah John, that would be where Victor took us. See Day 4.

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  4. Pity about the weather, it makes a huge impact on first impressions of a city. Just as well you've been there before. I enjoyed your tour and even remembered a few places. Good to know my memory has completely left me.

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    1. Grace, the weather really does influence your impression.

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  5. I have some of those photos!

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    1. Jackie, I guess many around the world do.

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  6. There's a spring in your post Andrew :) and it's not the weather 'spring' either.
    Many sculptures, often interesting ones by your photos.
    Nice 'things' in Sydney even on grey weather days.

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    1. Margaret, we just adapted a little as to what we did for the day. The rain was never heavy during the day. Thanks.

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  7. Apartments with leaking showers and the celebrities put up with that? What's so good about the Connaught that you'd like to live there? Seaviews? High class interiors? Room service?
    The fountains and statues are all very nice. I remember the Centrepoint as the place where I was embarrassed by my mum. We'd taken the kids there for lunch, one in a pram and two toddlers, but they didn't eat much, so mum wrapped up the leftovers and stuffed them in her handbag "for later, because we paid for it so I'm not throwing it away". Fair enough, BUT, she also took the meat out of half eaten sandwiches "for later" and I felt awful.

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    1. A thrifty mother, I would say River. It would be ok if she did it discreetly. There is legal action between the apartment owners and the building and the whole thing is very messy. Some had shower membranes incorrectly installed and some, none at all. I like the Connaught for its position, its view over Hyde Park and the nice large balconies. I hate to think of what one would cost.

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  8. Great pics again Andrew, so thanks again!

    That's definitely a brushtail possum. Now I'm far from a wildlife authority, but we regularly put banana out for our local possums, and the brushtails are grey with bushy tails, while the ringtails are brown and have skinny tails. And the brushtails bully the smaller ringtails something fierce!
    Cheers, mate.

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    1. Rozzie, of course it is. I know ringtails and we used to have them in our last garden and it is nothing like a ringtail. I've corrected myself. Thanks.

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  9. Our late and great Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. was the only moral, decent PM I ever lived under from 1949 until 1983. I went to bed for three days when he was sacked :(

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    1. Hels, he was a great man.

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  10. Its a beautiful city even in the rain but it probably spoiled your day. Those card charges are disgusting. Shouldn't be allowed.

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    1. Diane, I'd never come across such a card charge for an over the counter transaction, and it wasn't a credit card but a debit card.

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  11. Super photos again Andrew, sometimes Sydney feels like home when I recognize so much of it ☺ Gosh you were a wee bit unlucky with the rain, although I think I would have preferred the rain to the hot muggy weather the few days before ☺

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    1. Grace, yes, I would not have been happy with hot and muggy weather. The rain was never really heavy during the day.

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  12. Centrepoint Tower now seems to known as Sydney Tower. The Centrepoint shopping precinct below it was remade into a Westfield Shopping Centre which could be the/a reason for the name change.

    The Connaught has been around for a long time and was one of the earliest if not the earliest residential towers built in the city since the return of major residential accommodation in the CBD. From the outside at least the Connaught seems still to be in excellent condition.

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    1. Victor, we should have gone up to the top. I bet it costs a bomb. We went up in the early 80s and we did not really have a clue at what we were seeing. We know better now.

      The Connaught does seem to be a classy building. I will set R on to investigating. Property is his area of expertise.

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  13. The HP in Hyde Park I thought you must be joking, doesn't it stand for Hyde Park, HP? But apparently not I thought after. Those are some statues of the guy wrestling a man beast. But the water spitting turtle is my favorite. Or maybe the dog man with the video camera. Too bad about the rain but looks like it emptied the tourists out.

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    1. Strayer, yes it would be Hyde Park. Yes, turtles are always favourites in fountains.

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