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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 9, 2010
From journal The Heart of the Harbour: Sydney Cove & Darling Harbour
September 12, 2010
From journal Sydney -- One Beautiful City
Metro Manila, Philippines
July 25, 2006
From journal Quick Trip to Sydney
February 3, 2002
This is where the first buildings of the penal colony, named after one Lord Sydney, hung onto the rocks at the waters edge. As the Colony grew, so did disease and illness. Look at a map to see "Nurses Walk" once located on hospital grounds. When Bubonic plague hit in early 1900, many of the old buildings were destroyed in an effort to clean up. The oldest building today is the 1816 Cadman's Cottage in-between George St and the Circular Quay West.
The information center located at 106 Goerge St. has a nifty walking map (free) that is easy to read. The ladies there will tell you about all the free entertainment in the area and give you a coupon book too (worth the stop).
My favortie places are:
1.) Bottom of the Harbor Antiques--84 George St.
You won't be able to resist entering this fine (but expensive) shop featuring all things nautical. Have you been crowing for a canon? Come on in! They have quite a few! How about nautical instruments such as old compasses or sextants? Do you like old nautical photographs or wooden models? How about those diving helmets for those moments you would like to submerge your husband somewhere quiet?????
2.) Australian Craftworks--127 George St.--email@example.com
This store carries such high quality handmade items that it carries the Australian craft mark symbol. This is important to insure that the items are made by local artesians who are qualified to sell upscale merchandise. Down the road I entered a prestigious aboriginal art gallery where I was given a quick course in "Art Appreciation 101". I must admit that I don't know enough about it to plop down a few thousand on a painting or two!
Australian Craftworks is more my speed offering hand-blown glass items, painted silks, beautiful pottery...some in an ocean theme and others looking like the hot outback. Carved wooden bowls and containers with gnarly wood sanded to a high gloss were reasonably priced. They even had Aussie Christmas ornaments so you can develop a Christmas tree from around the world places you have been!
My favorite Aboriginal pieces were by an artist named Wendy Pawley who makes hand painted shirts, hats, purses, and table items....all in a dreamtime theme....with an average price of $39A.
3.) Go at lunch time to the Rocks Square, which is halfway down Playfair Street, for the free entertainment (usually Jazz). At the back of the square is a quick lunch place called "Wok on Inn" Noodle bar that I recommend. Ron and I shared the Pan Thai of shrimp, chicken, and veggies including mushrooms, and hot noodles for $12.50A. It's all made fresh to order and you can ask for it hot and spicy like we did. Cheap but good meal, sunshine in the square and music....heaven!
From journal On the Rocks with a Splash