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Sydney and Melbourne

Australia's largest cities

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We are sailing around Australia, which is like sailing around the US (if one could), so it takes a while! After Tasmania, an island province, we sailed into Sydney Harbor, one of the most dramatic, and amazing travel experiences we have known. We saw the Opera House and people climbing the Harbor Bridge waving from their high perches.

First glimpse of the Opera House

First glimpse of the Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Then on to Melbourne whose skyline is dominated by a tall building that looks like a ruler. Yarn bombing flourishes in the city: knitters cover the tree trunks with knitted designs! The street flowers are abundant - and people apparently leave them alone. And then there are the sweet shops! The Cathedral is where Australia’s first women deacons, priests, and bishops were ordained. We arrived as a local girls’ school was rehearsing for the installation of their new Headmistress/Principal, and our hearts sang along with them because they were so proud of their school.

Oh boy!!!

Oh boy!!!

Street flowers

Street flowers

The Ruler building - Melbourne

The Ruler building - Melbourne

Dangerous font

Dangerous font

Yarn bombing - Melbourne

Yarn bombing - Melbourne

Now we are sailing along the southern coast, enjoying one of our ship’s new lecturers, Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves (the best seller on punctuation). She also wrote The Girl’s Like Spaghetti (a children’s book on the value of the apostrophe).

Posted by HopeEakins 21:38 Archived in Australia

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