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2013/02/10 Sydney in a Day
π 2013-02-10 01:01 in Australia, Trips
Because we were coming back from a small island with uncertain flight service, so we opted for flying back home from Sydney a day later. As a result, we had a day to spend in Sydney, and since we had already been there in 2007 (and in 2001 for me). Turns out while we had a pretty full 24H, there was actually a lot more we could have seen :)

Still, we did a good job. First a few pictures from the plane:






I picked hotel by Darling Harbour, so this is where we started from, just next to Chinatown:




it was chinese new year that weekend
it was chinese new year that weekend


We then went to visit Market City, it's huge:



giant mango!
giant mango!

that would add nicely to the collection :)
that would add nicely to the collection :)

We then went towards the gardens:















From there, we continued to a vista point for seeing the Opera and the bridge, and went through a park where you could feed wild cockatoos. They sure were more fun than pigeons, Australia rocks!





We eventually got to the peak where we could take pictures:






And we headed to the opera house itself via the government house gardens:





circulair quay
circulair quay


We finished the evening at the rocks, before it started pouring rain:






Since the weather had turned to crap, we went to see Sea Life Aquarium by Darling Harbour. Honestly I really expected the place to be kind of a tourist trap, and it was actually quite good, especially considering the constraints of the location. It definitely beats the aquarium by Pier 39 in San Francisco:





nice pincher
nice pincher

the battle of the lobsters
the battle of the lobsters

The Australian Dugong sure looks like a Manatee, but it lives in salt water only
The Australian Dugong sure looks like a Manatee, but it lives in salt water only



By then, it was late, we were exhausted, and it was pouring rain, so we went back to our hotel:



The next day, we had the morning to spend, before having to go to the aiport early afternoon:

view from our hotel
view from our hotel

not a bad window view
not a bad window view

We went to check out the Darling Harbour zoo, which was also much better than planned:



pretty birdie
pretty birdie


cute tasmianian devil :)
cute tasmianian devil :)



wallaby
wallaby


those remind me of what I've seen in Jurrasic park :)
those remind me of what I've seen in Jurrasic park :)


even their pigeons are colorful
even their pigeons are colorful




this really is a beautiful bird too
this really is a beautiful bird too


I tyipcally never get the tourist trap pictures in those places, but they so exceeded my expectations, that I gave them the money:





and after that, we headed towards google, to go check it out and have lunch with friends:




nice view from the google patio
nice view from the google patio

You can see more pictures of the Sydney Office.

After lunch and fun at google, we went back to the airport, for Jennifer to enjoy her first class seat, and me my business one. We stopped by the airline lounge on the way there:



Jennifer doesn't know the difference between lounge and wine testing :)
Jennifer doesn't know the difference between lounge and wine testing :)

business was not bad either, almos tas good as 1st class IMO.
business was not bad either, almos tas good as 1st class IMO.

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