Friday, 26 April 2013

perfect autumn weather to celebrate a birthday

A few months ago, I watched an excellent documentary on the ABC (Australia’s national broadcaster) called Making War Horse. I expected it to be about the movie and wondered why it was being broadcast so long after the movie‘s release. But it was the “off-season” (the non-ratings period over Christmas-January: Australia’s summer holidays) so I didn’t think too much about it.

However,  the documentary was about the stage production done by the National Theatre Company (England). I found the documentary fascinating (do watch it if you haven’t seen it – it’s 49 minutes well spent) so when I found out the production was coming to Sydney, I asked WM for tickets for my birthday.

We saw it on Wednesday night – it was breath-taking and deeply-moving. We hardly knew where to look, there was so much going on. At the same time, the puppets are so life-like in their movements that we soon forgot that we were watching puppets. One no longer sees the puppeteers/actors. We have not seen the movie so the story line was new to us; I was so pleased it had a “happy ending” but, even if it hadn’t, the whole production was just brilliant and I’d love to go again before it closes.

We live in the metropolitan area of Sydney but, as part of my birthday treat, we stayed in the hotel in the same complex as the theatre. We had been upgraded to a one-room apartment with views over Darling Harbour (one of the inlets in Sydney Harbour). What a great birthday present.
2013-04-24 Darling Harbour and Harbour Bridge
view seen at 10:30pm
2013-04-25 Darling Harbout and Harbour Bridge
almost the same view in the morning
Yesterday, was a national holiday in Australia. We call it ANZAC Day. It is a day of commemoration of all those who have served our country in war and is held on the date of the landing at Gallipoli (a beach in Turkey) by Australian and New Zealand forces in 1915 as part of the British forces. The Allied forces lost 440,000 lives, of which 8,709 were Australian,  in the ensuing campaign which lasted until 8 January the following year.

The flags on the Harbour Bridge were at half mast until early afternoon.
2013-04-25 climbers on the Bridge

Because it was a holiday, WM and I took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent most of the day ferry-hopping around our beautiful harbour.

Firstly we took the ferry from Pyrmont Bay to Circular Quay
2013-04-25 ferry comming into Pyrmont Bay wharf
ferry coming in to Pyrmont Bay Wharf, taken from our hotel room
then hopped on a ferry to Mosman (and return), then the ferry to Balmain where we disembarked and went for a walk for a little over an hour.
2013-04-25 Balmain Court House
Balmain Court House
We then hopped back on the ferry to Cockatoo Island and back to Circular Quay.

After a late lunch/early dinner at City Extra restaurant at Circular Quay, we hopped on the ferry back to Pyrmont Bay, collected our luggage from the hotel concierge, and caught the light rail back to Central and a train back to our home town! We had to wait quite a while for a taxi, a lot of people were returning home from a day of celebrations but we finally arrived home a little after 7:30pm, happy but extremely tired.

Here are some more of the myriad of photos WM took during our day away from home!

2013-04-25 Sydney city from balcony
the city skyline from our hotel room
2013-04-25 fomer wharvers now apartments
old wharves/warehouses transformed into very expensive apartments
2013-04-25 Bridge approach northside
the northern approach (road and rail) to the Harbour Bridge
2013-04-25 Luna Park
Luna Park occupies some prime real estate on the north side of the harbour
2013-04-25 Sydney skyline
Sydney skyline from the harbour
2013-04-25 two famous icons
two icons that probably don't need a caption!
2013-04-25 postcard Opera House
looks like a postcard, doesn't it?
2013-04-25 water police 2
some Sydney Water Police in their new boat
I’m sure it’s true that it’s one of the most beautiful harbours in the world! And we saw just a fraction of it!


  1. Happy birthday, Lynne! I enjoyed your post so much...seeing the harbor pics and leaning about the performance...what a grand day you had!

  2. My daughter is studying stage and set design so we went on the backstage tour at the National Theatre. We saw the horses being made. It was fascinating. Then we saw the show and loved it. I'm glad you enjoyed.

  3. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful tour you had and thanks for sharing it with us. Beautiful city and photos. So glad you had a special time for your day.

  4. Happy Birthday! What an amazing visit-the sights and sounds had to be unforgettable. Glad you got to share it.

  5. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. I am glad it was a happy day. Here's to many, many more of them.

  6. Happy Birthday! I hope to visit your gorgeous city one day... thanks for sharing.

  7. Happy Birthday! looks like you had a fun celebration!

  8. Happy happy birthday! Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing!

  9. Happy Birthday Lynne! What a lot you fitted in to our trip. It's good to be a tourist in one's city occasionally and see it with a different eye.

    Actually a reminder about Lynne B's birthday popped up on screen from my calendar, but for some reason I was sure it was someone else, not you!

  10. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to spend a holiday. Thanks for sharing your fun day.


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