In Sydney and Manila I got camera happy clicking whenever I saw something of interest . It’s true that pictures are worth a thousand words:
Paragliding on a sunny but crisp, breezy winter day on Mount Borah watching the paragliders preparing to launch themselves off the mountain top. Following take off they climbed into what looked like a sleeping bag as they prepared to be airborne for as long as possible riding the thermals before landing at Manilla Paragliding near Tamworth, New South Wales. For more information press here
The photos tell the story.
On a beautiful spring day I decided to explore Sydney Botanical Gardens full of flora and fauna. The trees and bushes were starting to emerge from their winter sleep and starting to bud and flower. It was the first time since 2013 I’d experienced the change of season of winter to spring and the feeling of new expectations was in the air.
After short drive west of Sydney (31 miles) we arrived at Katoomba, the town which borders The Blue Mountains National Park. It’s full of guest houses, art galleries and gardens. We were there to see The Blue Mountains which are World Heritage listed from the viewing point, Echo Point. For more on World Heritage sites press here.
From here you get excellent views of the Three Sisters, a sandstone rock formation but if you go in August dress warm as it was bitterly cold. The stunning natural beauty of the views laid out in front of us made it worthwhile and were absolutely breathtaking.
Feeding seagulls, though they normally do just steal what they want. I spent the day at Watsons Bay which is easily reached by ferry from Circular Quay, Sydney. I visited mainly because I was recommended fish and chips at Doyles on the Beach Restaurant. The restaurant opened in 1885 and five generations have run it since. They’ve expanded since then. For more about Doyles press here. I ate in their Wharfe Takeaway Cafe. The portions were so large that for a family of 4 only order one portion of fish and chips. The seagulls that day became my best friends!
A day at Watsons Bay. I’ve taken full advantage of travelling by ferry where-ever possible. Today was a ferry from Manly Wharf to Circular Quay, picking up the fast ferry to Watsons Bay, one of the eastern suburbs of Sydney. According to history Watsons Bay was named after Robert Watson (1756-1819). For more information press here
Watsons Bay is a quaint little suburb with colonial houses facing the city of Sydney, the other side is The Gap looking out at the Pacific Ocean looking out for miles of blue blue sea. It’s a dramatic clifftop with a sheer drop to the crashing waves below. According to the locals this lookout is popular for marriage proposals and notoriously infamous for suicides; thankfully not the day I was there!