Rain welcomes us to Sydney!! But, we managed to get around although couldnt do justice for the nine hours we were there because of this inclement weather. We managed to go around the Opera house ,walk around the Botanical gardens and see the Famous Harbour Bridge and The Rocks,the designer shopping area. This has to be one of the best Harbour cities in the world. We got on the hop on/off bus to go around the city to see the sites.
Next day we were given Luncheon reception by the Managing Director of P&O,Carol Marlow.In the evening ex Aussie cricketers Neil Harvey,Alan Davidson, Bob Simpson,Brian Booth and Frank Mission gave us their stories in Cricket in their haydays! We missed Richie Benaud because he was in when we were out sight seeing!!
Brisbane was fantastic! Temp 25c Warm and lovely.Easy to walk around and we were impressed with the blend of old and new Buildings. Walked through the Goodwill Bridge,where you could hire Bikes to around if one likes,over the Brisbane river and walked along the south bank with Maritime Museum,Memorial Park and the different pools for families and children,and the Nepalese Pagoda built in 1988 for the Expo.Also saw the Performing arts Theatre and then walked back the Victoria Bridge to the city: Buzzing with christmas shoppers. Saw few cathedrals and churches and were picked up by the courtesy bus in time for our 45 minutes ride back to the ship.