Victor drove us for a short distance from the Hydro Majestic in Medlow to the prime tourist destination of Katoomba. Last time we were here with R's sister and brother in law it was misted in with no views at all. The gods smiled on us this day it was wonderfully clear.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Sydney Day 5 Pt 2
These boards were terrific for identifying what we were seeing, but I did not really look at them.
Have you at all noticed why the Blue Mountains are named so?
More great cloud shadows on the Aussie bushland. What are these things sticking up in the foreground?
After much photo culling, I am down to one photo of the Three Sisters. The left most Sister is accessible by a short bridge. It is a bit of a walk to get there, which was no problem for us in 1983 but is a problem for us in 2021. Back in '83 R gave me a telling off for saying to three straight lads sitting on rocks, 'Hello boys!' in my gayest and most suggestive tone. Bah, I could run fast then and they were three rocks away.
It was some years later and another Royal visit when IRA sympathises attempted to derail The Queen's train on the other inland side of the mountain by placing a large timber log across the track. While the train hit the log placed only an hour after the route and track was checked by train staff and security, it was an unsuccessful and a rather half hearted assignation attempt. Australia did not kill Her Majesty.
We went on to the sweet little village of Leura where we had coffee and a walk along the main street.
With Victor at the helm we then descended the mountain without fuss or burning brake pad odours and he perfectly delivered us back to our hotel. How can we ever repay his hospitality...
It was a long day but R found time for an hour's nap. Friday night in Sydney for gay men! Party time! Old gay men in Sydney, not so much, but nevertheless we went for a drink to the gay Oxford Hotel. Don't click on the link if you don't want to see glamorous drag queens and nice looking men. Ah, this is rather nice, with a good outdoor area. It has food too.
After a drink we ordered our food using the on table device and after another drink and half an hour later, I enquired about our food arrival, wondering more really if the order went through. Bar staff called out a senior woman who was not quite a woman and she was so apologetic. The order had gone through but without foreign backpackers in Australia, the hotel was a little short staffed. She poured me a free glass of wine, that is we had drunk two before we left the apartment and this will be my fifth. She knew where we were seated and delivered a beer to R. 'She' was just the loveliest of people. Our food took about forty minutes to arrive but after so much to drink, we cared little. We ate a shared a mezza platter and then watched a drag performance of which I only have a hazy memory.
As we terribly merry selves walked down the hill to our hotel, R decided he wanted a pizza, so we stopped off and had some rather ordinary but at least cheap pizza.