The weather turned for the better today, so I took the bug for a quick tour of the town. First up, we went to “The Rocks” - the oldest part of Sydney. Named for the sandstone the convicts mined for building, this used the be a slum area, inhabited only by the poorest of the poor. It also was the place of the last outbreak of the bubonic plague in the year 1900. And the “Cadman Cottage” is the oldest building still standing in Sydney, dating back to 1816. Not really old by European standards - but hey, it’s all we got.
It was built for the Superintendent of the Government ships, who was sentenced to death for stealing a horse and got lucky to have his sentence commuted to transportation.
The man wouldn’t recognize the view from his front yard today:
And the boats parked outside of his cottage have grown in size just a little bit, too:
The whole area of “The Rocks” was nearly demolished and turned into office buildings in the 1970s. Luckily, a combination of citizen groups and Trade Unions put a stop to that plan, and now it is a place where locals and tourists mingle to stroll, shop, eat and drink. It is also my favourite part of town.
Sign of the times, and of the demise of our local car industry - even the cop cars are now Toyotas...
Next, we’re going to “the other side” - North Sydney. We could cross the bridge by car or train, or take the tunnel underneath the harbour. But my favourite way on a day like this is still the good old ferry - and it only takes a few minutes.
As you can see, the sun was starting to set. But that was part of the plan. Because from the Milson’s Point wharf, you get a terrific view.
All we need to do is sit down, relax and wait for the lights to come on.
And when they do on a night like this, the place just shines and sparkles.
The other reason to come here is Luna Park - an amusement Park for young and old:
Can you spot the Torchbug in the picture above?
Luna Park was shut today though- bugger! We might have to come back another night.
That’s it for today. We will do something else tomorrow after work. No idea what yet, but I’ll think of something.