Friday, June 11, 2021

Sydney Day 5 Pt 2

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. 

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.

22 comments:

  1. Another lovely day.
    You were lucky to get such a wonderful view in the Blue Mountains. A friend rang us on yesterday. He was in Leura on Wednesday and said the temperature was 4 degrees at midday and the whole blue mountains were shrouded in cloud.
    I loved the video from the Oxford Hotel. Thank you.

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    1. EC, we did well. The weather there has been really bad for the last few days. It is a fun video by the Oxford. It's a fun place.

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  2. I probably should have read part 1 first, but this is delightful. Victor certainly knows how to play host. I don't have that hospitality gene. I tend to show people where the coffee is and leave them to it.
    You were quite the cheeky lad back in 1983!
    I enjoyed the clip of the Oxford Hotel.

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    1. River, don't miss Part 1. Victor is very kind. Each to there own. I don't expect much from anyone we may meet. It is nice to just put a face to the person and chat.
      I am a shadow of my younger cheeky self, although at times a little of the old me makes an appearance.

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  3. Now you got me want to google how many place have mountains range or peak called "blue" there some not far from me.
    I click on the link, and I still need and want to go to see drag queen show.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, probably a lot have blue. So there aren't drag shows in Bonners Ferry, but I bet there are some in your state somewhere.

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  4. Such nights in the UK are usually ended with a Kebab and plenty of chillies. Ah.... such memories.

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    1. As they once did for us Cro, but I expect we were back at the apartment by 9.30.

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  5. The term Blue Mountains looks totally apt in your photos.

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    1. Hels, which gives lie to the gum trees emitting vapour in the hot summer sun (tourist guide) which shows blue. They show blue in the winter too.

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  6. Can I presume that's your shadow underneath that identifying board?

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    1. Kirk, does my shadow look slim? It must have been a bad angle.

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  7. Sounds as if you had a wonderful host.
    Always admire the views at the Blue Mountains, unique.
    Off to view the hotel and seems you had a fair bit to drink without falling over! :) Couldn't help myself!

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    1. Margaret, it takes more than a few glasses of wine to knock me over. The Blue Mountains are unique, different to my and your bushland.

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  8. Who doesn't want to see glamorous drag queens and nice looking men

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    1. TP, not many don't like to see both.

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  9. That's amazing country. It's so nice to see so much wilderness. Doesn't "The Man From Snowy River" take place in the Blue Mountains? I read that book ages ago but I don't quite remember now.

    I am going to check out that link specifically BECAUSE of the drag queens and handsome young men.

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    1. I a not sure Steve. I have a thought it was filmed in Victoria near the town of Mansfield. I really don't know and I haven't read the book or seen the film.

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  10. I am going to have a look at my Blue Mountains pics after reading your posts.

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    1. Jackie, I always enjoy looking at old travel photos and noting how quickly you forget detail.

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  11. The views are beautiful. David and Carol often rent a cottage in leura and we have joined them their sometimes. A get little village.

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    1. I'm sure it is great little place to stay Diane and not as full on as Katoomba.

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