Monday, 19 July 2010

Winter in Sydney

We had another beautiful Winter's weekend in Sydney which took us outside to play yesterday. We hopped a bus, and a Manly Ferry, to the City to get the kids outside for the last weekend of the school holidays. 

Our first stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) at The Rocks where part of the Biennale of Sydney Art Exhibition was on. We braved 4 floors of 'out there' artworks with the kids wanting to touch everything along the way. Holding them back was quite an effort, but we made it through, and we all loved it. The Biennale is going on all over Sydney until the 1st of August. We have a few more locations to see before it ends, Cockatoo Island, AGNSW etc.
This really cool sculpture (below) outside the MCA is an awesome sight. It is called "Neuron" by New York Artist Roxy Paine. We all loved walking through the sculpture and then into the Museum. Photos weren't allowed inside the Museum, so you will have to go along and see for yourself.
My Luca especially loved this sculpture (above), he wanted to climb all over it, but I think it is made from aluminium, it would have snapped in a second.

After the MCA, we wandered through The Strand Arcade, which I love for it's stained glass windows, gorgeous balustrades and glass atrium. I used to wander through here on my way to Uni some days, it just has a lovely charm about it. A few of my favourite shops include, Dinosaur Designs, the Kikki.K White Store, and the beautiful Collections of Jayson Brunsdon and Wayne Cooper.
Just out the other side of The Strand is Pitt Street Mall, which is having a face lift. Fortunately they are keeping most of the old facades like the ones below.
Our final stop was Sydney Tower, or as we have always called it Centrepoint Tower. (We used our Unlimited Adventure Passes which are valid for the whole year on a few of Sydney's main attractions.) I hadn't been to Sydney tower since I was in Year 11 at high school on a Home Science excursion, when we visited the restaurant at the top. This time, it was to the Observation Deck at the top. It was a sensational view, the day was beautiful and bright, and we could see for miles.
The view across Woolloomooloo to the Eastern Suburbs (below).
View East across St Mary's Cathedral and Hyde Park (below).
The view Southeast across Hyde Park (below).
Looking down at Beautiful Queen Victoria Building below.
To end the afternoon, before the bus ride home, we stopped in the Cafe at the top of Sydney Tower for a  Gelato for the Boys and a coffee for me. 
We had a really lovely School Holidays, we did something fun almost every day. Today is a pupil free day at School, so we are off to Disney on Ice for one last hurrah before getting back into our morning School routine tomorrow.

Enjoy your day!

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