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Our Much Awaited Arrival in Sydney

Thursday 27th August 2015

sunny 16 °C

Today we flew from Melbourne to Sydney and I met up with my cousin Carrie for the first time in over 20 years. We were up fairly early so that we could finish our packing and have time for a light breakfast before our taxi arrived at 8:30am in order to take us to the airport. The distance was only a few miles and so were arrived with plenty of time to spare. Check in seemed pretty straightforward and just as our research had indicated we were able to take our remaining few bottles of wine on the plane without any problem. We had a bit of time to read and relax before boarding, and although take off was delayed slightly, we made good time and arrived in Sydney at just after midday. I am not sure how Carrie had pulled this off but she had managed to get almost to the arrival gate to meet us. We had a hug and Nigel recorded the event on camera. We then made our way to the station to get our Opal cards and get the train to Circular Quay near Sydney harbour. We were a little unsure as to exactly where our hotel was and in the event we probably should have got off one station earlier at Winyard, because the walk with all of our bags was a bit of an effort, even with Carrie's help. We checked in and went and had a look at our room. We had gone for a club room which guaranteed us a room on a high floor, so we were pleased to be up on level 33 with a great view of the buildings and streets of the CBD.

Once we had dropped off all of our stuff, we went back out with Carrie to have our first sight of the harbour area, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

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Pictures of the area can be quite misleading in that the two often look further apart than they actually are. Once we had taken in our first views of these iconic landmarks we found a restaurant on the Quay and had some lunch and shared a bottle of wine. Once finished we carried on exploring the harbour area and agreed where we would meet up with Carrie in the morning.

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She also really helpfully pointed out lots of landmarks and made loads of suggestions of places to eat whilst we were in the city. By late afternoon Carrie really needed to get her train back home, and so after coming back to the hotel with us to get her things, we were sadly soon saying goodbye again. Once Carrie had gone we went back to our room and did some unpacking before going out to have a meal at a restaurant called City Extra down in the Quay that had been recommended to us by Carrie. We both had a variation on fish and chips, and the food was delicious. Once we had eaten we were pretty tired out so we made our way back to the hotel. I took a few more photographs of the nighttime view from our hotel before getting ready for an anticipated good nights sleep.

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Posted by Gill's Travels 06:33 Archived in Australia Tagged bridges buildings boats sydney australia

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