Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

This is: Round The World 2004

Sydney Contrasts

I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking for today, but first, just a brief word about the different sections that the day fell into :-

1 Dawes Point walk I began the day with a short stroll round to Dawes Point, not far at all from my hotel.
2 St Mary's Cathedral Next, I visited St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral. It doesn't seem to happen very often in the English-speaking world, but Sydney's RC Cathedral is more imposing, more beautiful and better situated than its Anglican counterpart. (This isn't just my view - it was confirmed overwhelmingly by the relative numbers of tourists!)
3 Olympic Park Although not a sports fan, I thought it would be interesting to visit the site of the 2000 Olympics. I travelled out by train (via a couple of superfluous Harbour Bridge crossings ... see below!) and back by River Cat fast ferry.
4 German dinner I had dinner in the Löwenbräu Bavarian restaurant in The Rocks and screwed up by not taking my camera   I had a delicious goulash soup, followed by Bratwurst. Waiters and waitresses were in typical Bavarian dress (including Lederhosen) and live entertainment was provided by an oompah band!

Dawes Point Walk

Looking back at The Rocks and the Downtown area, across Campbells Cove Sydney Harbour Bridge from Dawes Point Park, with early-morning climbers in evidence!    

St Mary's Cathedral

Cathedral exterior, as seen from Hyde Park South entrance detail The nave
One of the 'stations'. The Stations of the Cross are most notable, both for their size and the quality of the images. Pieta statue, in one of the transepts The main feature of the crypt floor is a huge Celtic Cross
Celtic Cross - or at least, one arm of it Celtic Cross feature : Garden of Eden scene    

Olympic Park

But first, I made a slight detour to cross the Harbour Bridge by train. Why? Because I could! International welcome feature Telstra stadium
Water feature        

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