Up early enough to get train from kings cross to town hall and then on to Milson's Point. From there view of the harbour and my first glance at one of the most famous and beloved buildings on earth, the Sydney Opera House.
Spent a bit of time wandering around the Lunar Park which had a real old-time, authentic fun-fare feel with quaint old style paintings and a load of weird and wonderful rides and fun things for kids.
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Walked across Sydney harbour bridge. As I expected the view was spectacular and the opera house looks perfect from every angle.
I explored the harbour area and walked up to and around the Opera House, making sure to get a good stroke along the shape of the roof and a fondle of the famous diamond shaped tiles.
Got a tour of the inside. This tour guide couldn't have been more different from the guide at Ha Long bay. For a start he had perfect English and was overflowing with information delivered in a fun, easily digestible way. I was very appreciative of this as this was definitely a highlight of my trip and the tour heavily revolved around the architecture, the design and construction of this unique building and also a lot about the architect himself, Jorn Utzon.
The Sydney Opera House.
The following 'essay' is entirely composed from notes I made during the tour and is therefore probably a bit rough around the edges. I've just run my eyes back over it and I think it's turned into a bit of a flippin thesis.
But the tour was very informative and I left the place after with a much richer understanding of the much loved building and it's creator....
The Sydney opera house is pretty much the most famous building of the 20th Century and nearly never came to be in the first place. It's history is full of chance, luck, ingenuity and it's construction was fraught with difficulties and budget and time overruns. And many thought the challenges it posed in its form to be insurmountable.
The Site at the end of the...