Holiday snaps: Part 3

Sydney is a typical modern city - I am not fond of large cities, I find them overcrowded, smelly and far too busy . . . but I had a wonderful time in Sydney in July and discovered a number of fascinating buildings . . . as you will see by these photos!!  I hope for all those who have never been to Sydney (Australia's best known city) that these photos gives you a little taste of what it is like. In case you have missed the earlier photos of Sydney: link and link.
Government House, Sydney
Built in 1846 by the same architect who built Buckingham Palace in London
This is taken through one of the windows of Government House.
Can't you just imagine sitting on one of those chairs in your afternoon gown drinking tea.
The side gardens at Government House

The street view of Sydney Hospital.
This is Australia's oldest hospital, commenced building in 1811.  The Sydney Hospital site was also home to the first nursing school in Australia, founded by Lucy Osburn, who was sent to the colony by Florence Nightingale following a request by the colonial government.
I just love taking photos of old buildings, their character and stories fascinate me.  This building is in the middle of busy Sydney. 

 A monument to Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)
One of our most famous early explorers and surveyor of our coastline.

Like all modern cities, Sydney is a mix of old and new, more new now than old.

 The waterfront
A days end

You probably wondered if I did this trip all on my own considering I have no photos of people.  In fact, you might be wonder if Sydney contains any people at all, as I have avoiding taking a photo of any of them!!  Therefore, I have included the one below (and it isn't a very good one) to show the back of our tour-guide (thanks Clara, who is carrying the map and did an excellent job), her lovely husband (Dan) and one of their children (Holly must be standing next to me!). 

Next week: the most famous landmarks in Sydney:
The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.



  1. You must have been doing a LOT of walking that day! Glad I could give you a rest!!! =)
    I much prefer the old buildings! The new ones are SO ugly!

  2. We did walk a lot Bets - and this would probably be half way through the day. Surprisingly my feet didn't even hurt when we got home.

    The older buildings have some much more character compared to those highrises.

  3. Yes, the new buildings are so generic and ugly. And when you look up at them on a day when there are a few clouds floating across the sky, it feels like the buildings are about to fall on you. I HATE that feeling/sight!

    Great photos, Jo - we did a LOT of walking!!! It was awfully fun, though :)

  4. Oh my goodness Jo - I feel as thoguh I have walked around Sydney with you. Your photos are incredible - (I love the soft affect you used on them - is that photoshop? I dont know a thing about how to do that :(

    You have had an incredible trip -I can hardlywait to see the pictures that you are posting next! I love the story about the hospital and the nursing school!

    Thank you for your sweet comment about the nests - I know you must think that I dropped off the egeof the world - now you see what has kept me SO busy here at home. I am going to take a little blogging break and try to catch up with my friend's blogs.

    On to your other pictures-

  5. Vicki - I use Picnik as it is much easier than Photoshop (which I have but requires far more time to fiddle with photos).

    Subscription for Picnik is $25USA per year.

  6. Love the photos of Government House. That's my kind of architecture! If I can ask, how is the building used today?

  7. Val - each state in Australia has a State Governor that is appointed by the Queen of Great Britain. From 1845 until 1996 the house served as the Governor’s residence, office and official reception space. However, since 1996 the Governor has not used it as a residence and the Governor’s Office has been relocated. The House is now managed by the Historic Houses Trust and is open to the public although it remains the Governor's official reception space and is frequently used for Vice-Regal purposes. It is the base for a cultural program organised by the Ministry for the Arts and, with the approval of the Governor, is available for charitable and State Government functions.


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