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Exploring more of Sydney - Opera House and Botanical Gardens

My Australian birthday

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Now that we had our bus tickets and our bestie Rachael we all went downtown Sydney and walked along the harbor.
Photos at the bus stop

We saw a few street performers along the harbor walk - one man levitating and one painting a large mural of the harbor scene on canvas

Here’s the golden man levitating - kids were very interested!

Then Rachael directed us to a nice seafood place on the harbor for lunch where she, Dave and Tracey enjoyed an oyster shot while Joel and I watched and cheered!

I think the photo of Rachael above is her talking to her oyster and telling it how there won’t be any shenanigans on the way down. ;)

Emery was impressed by the length of the chips in Australia!

Cheers to my 40th birthday in Australia!!

After we were completely stuffed we headed over to the Opera house and the Botanical Gardens
A series of pictures in front of the Opera House

Giant fig tree in the garden

The pond where someone gave Harper some bread to feed the duck but then the fish and eels took over. I was tempted to touch one but whenever I put my hand close to the water they would tip their heads up and swim up out of the water. So I chickened out and just teased them with my finger. LOL

As we were leaving the gardens the sun was setting and we walked by St Mary’s Cathedral and into Hyde Park where Rachael had a deep conversation with Joel (at least judging by the picture) and had the kids dancing.

Before heading back we needed to use the restroom (in Australia they refer to it as the toilets), so Rachael had us go into a fancy pants mall. After the toilets we did a bit of browsing in the shoe department.

If they weren’t $400 we would have gotten a pair of the feathery ones and butterflies.

We headed back to the house and stopped at the beer store and got some take away pizza to enjoy for my birthday dinner. Then I was surprised by a homemade birthday cake, birthday hat, ice cream, and peanut butter and chocolate candy! My hubby organized it and cooked it and the kids decorated it! I’m not sure where the pictures of the cake are but it was delicious!
Harper told me that my birthday hat made me look like a “unicorn born special”. LOL There were also sparklers and I managed to stay up to 11:30pm!!

Best way to celebrate my 40th birthday! I also celebrated my 16th birthday in Australia so it was fun to come back and celebrate again 24 years later with wonderful friends and family!

Next adventure will be the trip to the Blue Mountains (never heard of the Blue Mountains you should watch The Man from Snowy River!)

Posted by spbjohnson 15:55 Archived in Australia Tagged trees sydney gardens park plants cake cathedral shoes opera crayfish birthday botanical sparklers hyde oysters rachael 40th

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