Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Day 1: Lions and Tigers and Koalas... Oh My!

We arrived in Sydney this morning after a long 14.5 hour flight that took off an hour late. But all in all, the flight went well - so well in fact, we hit the ground running. Of course by early evening, things caught up to us and I'll be lucky if this post makes much sense, so bear with me.

First things first... we're staying at the Shangri-la Sydney Hotel and our room has a spectacular harbour view room of both the Sydney Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Here's a shot I snapped from our window:

As soon as we dropped out bags we made our way down to The Rocks for a quick lunch and then walked over to Circular Quay to catch a ferry over to Taronga Zoo where we spent the afternoon. The great thing about Taronga is that it sits across the harbour from the city, so in addition to seeing "lions and tigers and koalas", the views of the Sydney skyline were amazing. Here's a few of my favorie pics from today at the zoo:

After the zoo, we went back to the hotel to get ready for a performance at the Sydney Opera House. We went and saw Puccini's "Il Trittico". It was really cool to be inside the Opera House seeing a live performance and not just admiring the structure from the outside.

To top off the night, as we left the opera we noticed lot's of people looking up and discovered that tonight in this part of the world there was a total lunar eclipse. The entire moon was glowing orangish-red - such an awesome, unexpecteded site to see! And a great way to wrap up Day 1.

Tomorrow is an all day excursion to the Blue Mountains. More to come...

P.S. Happy Birthday Brianna & Stasia!!!



MsWanda said...

Gina these photos are amazing! Have you been taking classes? Looking forward to reading and seeing more of your adventures.

Anonymous said...

I like the Koala picture alot