Oceania Travel

Sydney, Day 3

12 March 2012

We left our hotel on empty stomachs. No breakfast for us. This was in order for us to fill our tummies with buffet goodness at the Sydney Tower Buffet.

We ensured we did a lot of walking on this day. Our journey began with a walk to  the exquisite Strand Arcade, a cool arcade (think Melbourne, but with several stories) with an old-school feel. The Arcade was full of designer shops of Australian heritage.

We then headed to the Westfield within the Sydney Tower, which again was full of designer stores, so we mainly window shopped (although I did get a surprise present from Alex from Kikki-K!) We also found a cool little kooky homewares shop.

Soon it was time for our lunch. We took the elevator up to the highest floor and were excited to discover that the buffet restaurant was revolving! It provided us with magnificent 360° views of Sydney city. We noted some places we wanted to see close up.

Meanwhile, we got full very quickly, and ensured we left lots of room for dessert, the highlight for me being the Hokey-Pokey ice-cream; for Alex, the passionfruit ice-cream. We be sweet tooths.

Tummies full, our next destination was the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the Picasso exhibit, via the charming Hyde Park. A highlight of the park is that it faces the St Mary Cathedral, a church reminiscent of old English and French architecture.

To the side of the church was a sweet little garden, featuring exotic Asian plants and chillies. Hyde Park is also the home to a giant chess board where we witnessed a close game between two elderly gentlemen. The pièce de résistance was the central fountain, where angry turtles spat their venom onto a noble nude man, surrounded by horrified deer, archers and other miscellany.

Soon we arrived at the Picasso exhibit. The gallery was a very old building. We had no idea how we were going to actually see all of the exhibit, as we had walked about three hours already on this day. We managed quite well and were afterwards rewarded with a long sit down. The Picasso exhibit had been curated chronologically and it was very interesting to see how his influences and styles changed over the course of his career.

Afterwards we visited the Australian art section and I was very pleased to see a Frederick McCubbin. We also saw the contemporary section, which was, as expected, contemporary. We arrived home thirty minutes later and collapsed onto the bed.

We decided to spend our last night in Sydney out. We wandered down The Rocks for a pub dinner, then headed to the harbour for Alex to take some (okay, many) photos of the lighted night scene. I finally got to meet Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin!

Returned home and actually passed out in my clothes.

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