Traveling from Melbourne to Sydney is an easy hour and half flight, very similar to flying from Springfield to Chicago. Short and sweet. But there is one huge difference between flying within the States versus Australia. That difference being, while there are no restrictions as far as transporting food items from state to state….in Australia it is a huge no, no.
How do I know that?
Well first of all while still disembarking the plane, the captain reminds you several times that there are trash bins located right on the walkway towards the luggage pick up, and tells you to use them if you have any type of food item in your carry on bags. Then while waiting at the luggage carousel there are police officers walking with their dogs, sniffing around…no not sniffing for drugs , but for food items.
So why is that a concern of mine or why did I bring this up?
Well the night before leaving Melbourne we visited a friend’s parents’ house who had turned their back yard into a huge vegetable garden. Growing everything your heart desires.
Among the plants growing were these huge fava bean plants. When I say huge, I mean HUGE.
Naturally I had to have some for my "treasure pack”. Well sadly that treasure pack had to be placed in the trash bin upon our arrival in Sydney.
Once out of the airport and out in a big city that is new and unfamiliar what does one do?
One takes a guided tour to acclimate. And that is what we did.
Our driver/guide was very nice and drove us to all the areas of interest in Sydney, stopping at all the hot spots. My challenge on this tour, was to take photos from a moving vehicle window and avoiding the sun glare.
This is called suicide cliff in Watson Bay. Its name derives from the number of suicides that have taken place in this location. They have now put a fence to prevent people from jumping off. But the fence is really not that tall.
Below is Darling Harbor. A harbor adjacent to the city center that is made up of a large recreational and pedestrian precinct.
The clown face at the entrance of Luna Park one of the iconic amusement parks located on Sydney Harbor.
Sydney Harbor Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world.
The iconic Opera House up close and personal.