Since there was no real morning sunlight, I did not wake up until long after we’d docked in Sydney. I was only disappointed for a moment until I stepped out on the aft deck (at 7 am); & looked in every direction. Even on a dreary looking, grey morning, the cityscape before me took my breath away. It was everything I had dreamed & more! We are docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay (key) in an area known as "The Rocks", which is an impressive complex on its own.
Behind the ship is the Harbour Bridge (‘the coat hanger’ as the locals call it).
We drove past one entrance to Chinatown & down the Pitt Street Mall area (which is home to most of Sydney’s major designer shopping centers). If it had not been for a ‘potty break’ request, I would have missed seeing one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the city. Denise suggested that Michael drop us off at the entrance to the Queen Victoria Building (or the ‘QVB’ as the Aussie’s love to abbreviate everything). The QVB is a national historic treasure that was on the verge of demolition. This 5 story shopping/dining landmark takes up a whole city block & now houses some of the most exclusive designer stores in Australia.
We only paused there for about 20 mins; but the architectural detail made a great impression in a short period of time. I’m sure the shopping is world class; but just sitting in the food court & people watching would have made for a delightful afternoon.
One of the appetizers sounded so good; & it was outstanding. A tiny quesadilla of smoked turkey, brie & apricots served warm with a garnish of herbed salad greens.
The Cobb salad was fantastic; but not photo worthy. What was worthy, the dessert recommended by the waiter. I did not know what a ‘budino’ was; but as long as it was caramel flavored I knew it had to be good. It was a caramel moussey-custard; & it was simply orgasmic!
The ever changing light & the illumination after dark kept changing the perspective. The city just kept getting more beautiful. I also noticed through the zoom lens that a group was making the trek across the upper ridge of the Harbour Bridge. The guide this morning told us that it’s a very popular & expensive excursion. They put you in a harness, tie the group one to the other; & you walk (very carefully) the entire span for a thrill of a lifetime. I bet it is!
I saw Liz about 7:45; & she looked tired. Turnaround days are extremely busy & stressful on the crew. I told her I’d check the menu right away & place my order so she could finish for the evening. Tonight’s menu was a very good one. I keep finding items that I’ve never seen on the menus before; & I’m tempted to try them all. Liz set up the table out on the verandah so I could watch all the people that were dining just a few yards away in the terminal at a very fancy, candlelit restaurant called “Peter Doyle on the Quay”.