When you think of Australia most people automatically think of Sydney and Beaches. I had been to Sydney a couple of times, but really hadn't had time to explore. When Dad came, he had Sydney high on his list, and we had the beaches covered, so of course we had to go and explore.
The day that we got to Sydney they had a huge sailboat race called Sydney to Hobart Race. We didn't get to see the start of the race, but got to see them as they pulled out of the harbor.
I am a big Groupon fan. A little bit ago they had a pretty good deal to go up in the sky tower and have a bird's eye view of Sydney.
The tower was really neat and a good thing to do the first day we got there. We went up and really got our bearings of Sydney.
The first night Dad wanted to see The Opera House lit up, as we were walking back to the hotel, I just happened to look down an ally and saw this. It was so cool, just tons of birdcages all glimmering in the lights.
We did a lot of walking around and exploring. My Dad really hasn't traveled much, so he liked to go and explore every tourist trap in Sydney. I did not mind though, I got to see some different things. We happened on this pie shop. Now, to most people this doesn't look like much of a shop, but after the most recent season on The Bachelor Australia, it is very popular. The Bachelor took one of his dates to this pie shop, and she threw a fit calling it a "dirty pie shop." This is actually a world famous pie shop. Sir Richard Branson (Virgin guy) has these pies flown all over the world.
I also had a Groupon for Lindt Cafe. Two weeks before we went to Sydney a terrorist held seventeen people one Monday morning hostage, which lasted the entire day, and ended with two people killed. Groupon changed our coupon to a different location. We really thought long and hard about just letting this Groupon go, but after talking about it, we decided to go and show support for Lindt and the Australian people. It was such a humbling experience. The man who brought us our plate of chocolate actually worked at the Lindt that had the killings and the day we went was his first day back to work. We were actually his first table. It really made me think, you never know what is going on in people's mind. Can you imagine how much courage and power it took for him to show up to work that day. I hope we were an encouragement to him, and made his first table a dream.
After we went to Lindt we walked around the aquarium. Dad and I had fun looking at the fish and making up their voices and what they were saying. What do you think the fish in the pictures are saying?
With all of our walking around I kept seeing their bike lanes. Is this not awesome? They have a bike lane completely separated from the road and off of the sidewalk. This is for sure the safest way I have seen for bikes to move around a city. They even had their own set of lights. Such a GREAT idea!
I would say Sydney was a great trip. We really did get to see a lot, not my normal way of seeing things, or really normal things to see. I usually try to stay away from all of the tourist traps, but this time, we hit every single trap, and had a blast doing it. I tried to show pictures of the small gems we found in between the traps. What is the best tourist trap you have ever been to?