4/21/19 – Sunday – Easter
As when we were in Sydney before, we’d made no special plans. In the end we decided to ride the “Hop on Hop off Big Red Bus” just to get a good lay of the city. I also wanted to see Australian animals. Since I was still gimpy with my sore foot we chose to visit the Wildlife Sidney Zoo. It’s much smaller than the main zoo, but that was better with my foot issues. Plus we didn’t have to cross the harbor to get to it because it was close to where the Sydney Opera House and Botanical Gardens were located as well as where our ship was docked. Before I get into the photos I’d like to mention the names of a couple towns that sounded very Australian: Woolloomooloo and Wollongong.
Views from our Big Red Bus:
At this point we were desperate to visit some toilets (they don’t say restrooms or bathrooms here). We were nearing the spot where the Wildlife Sidney Zoo was, so we got off then. Guess what? The closest toilets were in the Wildlife Sidney Zoo so naturally, we got our tickets for it and hit the toilets. On to see the critters, all uniquely Australian. All we saw of the Tasmanian Devil was his backside in a a dark corner, sleeping, so no decent photo.
We saw a Platypus, but he was small, like 16”, and swimming like crazy in a dark room so no decent photos.
It was crazy crowded (Easter Sunday so lots of families enjoying Sydney) and we’d gotten really hungry so we headed farther on the wharf in search of lunch. By the way we learned that the letters in wharf stand for “Warehouses at the river front”.
Now that we were energized, we headed towards the Opera House for pictures and got some of the Harbour Bridge along the way.
Also along the way:
I had a blast taking shots of the Opera House. I had no idea that it’s more than 1 building, or that the roof is make of tiles.
A few stops on our way to the ship included the Botanical Gardens:
We boarded the ship at Circular Quay by 2:30. Showered, rested, then went to our Easter Dinner where we were appointed to a different table for 8 (new cruise). Wow, 6 new friends. We all became good friends as the cruise continued. To clarify: we paid for 2 cruises, one from Sydney to New Zealand for 2 weeks, then return to Sydney. The 2nd was to then leave Sydney for the South Pacific to cross the Pacific Ocean until reached our destination of Vancouver, BC, Canada. We live abou t400 miles from there, so it made great sense. Especially because we could avoid that long night plane ride. We would also be visiting numerous islands on our way. By paying for this trip as 2 cruises we saved money. Others signed up for both as one trip. Both they and us were on a “Collector’s Cruise” according to Holland America. Thus our 2nd trip meant a new table. Yay!
John spent the evening at the Piano Bar while I listened to the String Quartet, then went to bed. I had good reason: we had to set our clocks forward 1 hour, thus less sleep time.