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November 2 Sydney, Australia

Sydney: Queen Victoria Shopping Mall, Paddy’s Market, Wonderful Architecture, Harbour Stroll, Opal Museum and Opal Cutting


November 2 Sydney, Australia

Slept in a bit, a leisurely start to the day, for a change. After 40+ days on the go one gets a little travel-weary and it’s nice to sleep in once in a while. Today was that day for us. And then we were off the for day, walking (actually did over 18,000 steps today!!), first stop the Queen Victoria Building. What a fabulous building it is. Three stories of shopping, high end stores, boutiques and restaurants, and it is massive. It has a 3 story grand Christmas tree up already boasting 50,000 Swarovski Crystal bobbles and Santa was starting his season today. So many cute little children all dressed up to sit on Santa’s knee and get their Christmas photo taken. Seemed a bit early to us, but such is life in Sydney. Apparently Santa wears shorts on Christmas Day here haha.


This mall used to be a big train station and has been redone, refurbished and now a trendy shopping centre and tourist attraction.


From here we went to Paddy’s Market, in the lower level of Market City, and more like a local’s street market with bargain prices and lots of tourist souvenirs. Of course we had to do some shopping here.


Next we walked along the Wharf enjoying the weather, the tourists, the sights and sounds. We stopped for an appetizer and beverage at a little cafe on the wharf and took a selfie with one of the waitresses. They were celebrating the ‘Day of the Dead’ and the whole staff was dressed and made up in the costumes.


And look at this car...a Maclaren! Terry was pretty excited to see it just driving down the streets of downtown Sydney!


We stopped in at the Opal Museum for a short visit but the only photos we have from there are with the stuffies on the display dinosaurs haha. Seems the dinosaurs depict the era from which the opals came. Who knew?


We were about done at this point, so we walked back to the hotel, grabbed a pizza along the way which we enjoyed in our hotel room while we packed (and this was a bit of a challenge!). Seems we’ve picked up a few items along the way so one of our carry-ones has been expanded to become a checked bag and our fingers are crossed that it gets home when we do. And that’s a wrap on the day, only one more day to come....Carol on the go for one more day....

Posted by carolonthego 11:51 Archived in Australia Tagged victoria market the of car queen building day dead paddy’s mclaren

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