Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winter Escape 2012: Sydney, Australia

Our visit to Sydney was two-fold; to explore the area as well as to meet my cousins, Tony, Philomena and their families. We spent time figuring out my maternal family roots during conversations at Tony's barbeque and at Philomena's lunch. I am now a bit more knowledgeable about my maternal family roots. At both events we had sumptuous food, while the barbeque held on Australia Day at Tony's home brought in lively entertainment and dancing with Tony's friends. 

Sydney Harbour Brdge
 Tony was our guide and host in Sydney. On our  first day of exploration, it was wet and windy.  Our ferry ride to Manly island exposed the Opera  House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge under a  cloud cover with no sunshine. In spite of the  weather, we continued exploring Sydney; we  took a bus ride to Bondi Beach which was  unusually deserted as it was a rainy day.

Sydney Opera House

The next day was sunny; we walked along the city streets of Sydney that appear to be like any other urban centre with crowds of people jostling to get to places. We strolled along Darling Harbour. Later that evening, we had dinner at Michael and Vivian's home--Michael being a Nairobi neighbour of mine who I had not seen for 40+ years. 

After four days in Sydney, it was time to resume our drive through Australia towards Canberra.

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