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Old 05-30-2015, 09:38 PM   #21
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We have great affection for Sydney Harbor, but enjoyed New York too. Last time we took 7 day cruise from/returning to New York, very interesting. We`d already done the long Circle Line tour trip, and enjoyed it immensely. There is so much to see, so much history, and someone else was doing the hard work getting us around.
Previously we have arrived in NYC by train from Boston, now there`s a great view from on high.
I was disappointed in Sydney Harbor after seeing the photos and looking forward to it.....until

Until I was on a tour boat of some sort (I think went to the zoo or something) and approaching it from the water. Then it was everything I imagined plus some.

The photographs you see of the Opera House are generally from the water and that's when it just appears so incredible and uniquely special. My wife hasn't had the pleasure of seeing it, but one day we'll make it there together.
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Wifey B: You can fly in or drive in or use telepathy to get there but there's nothing like going into a city by water. NYC is just amazing to approach. You don't get the impact flying in where everything looks like miniatures. Statue of Liberty was meant to be seen from the water. The Golden Gate Bridge is meant to be seen from water and passed under. The Bahamas. You don't experience them from land. Panama Canal has to be passed through. Yes, since San Diego was slipped in, it is beautiful from the water. Maybe it's that we don't see the flaws of cities approaching from water. Life is meant to be experienced from the water...
Well put WB - "In the beginning..."
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BandB,here a couple of shots from Taronga Zoo of Sydney Harbour.
This is what happens when you say "Free beer" too loud in Australia.
I'm in the middle somewhere.
(I like beer)
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:22 AM   #24
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BandB,here a couple of shots from Taronga Zoo of Sydney Harbour.
This is what happens when you say "Free beer" too loud in Australia.
I'm in the middle somewhere.
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That's where I went. The Package Ferry/Zoo deal which I found quite unique, but I love zoos and then the views from the ferry were incredible. I didn't see quite that many boats. Perhaps weekday and late November to early December saved me.
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I`d guess Craig/Storoway7`s pic of Athol Bight, adjacent to the Taronga Zoo, was taken the afternoon of an NYE. No lack of beer, wine, champagne on boats that night!
For anyone visiting Sydney I recommend the regular 7 mile ferry service from the ferry terminal at Circular Quay in the CBD, to Manly. Manly has both a harbor beach and an easily a surf beach, plus plenty of cafes and restaurants.The ferry ride gives a great view of much of the main harbor, and crosses the Sydney Heads, which are open to the Pacific Ocean. Apart from the "fast ferries" also servicing the route, the traditional large ferries are seaworthy and designed after earlier ferries, many of which were built in the UK and made the long voyage to Australia 'on their own bottom".
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Spent yesterday on the water and saw maybe 10 boats all day long. Here's looking at our home port (Kitamaat Village and MK Bay Marina side, not the aluminum smelter side);
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