On This Day . . .
We entered Sydney Harbor, passing by the Opera House and under the Harbor Bridge to our docking location at White Bay, on February 10, 2016, for an overnight stay in Sydney. White Bay is about a 30 minute shuttle ride to Circular Quay in the Rocks section of Sydney. Instead of taking the shuttle we took a ferry ride to get a different view of the city. Once in Sydney we got on a Hop on Hop off bus to go to Paddy’s Market, Chinatown and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Paddy’s Market has been in Sydney since 1834 and sells everything from clothing to produce. Some of the interesting local produce were bitter melon and special Fiji Apples, that had Chinese New Year wishes on them. Since we were in Sydney during Chinese New Years, there were large lanterns throughout the city representing the 12 zodiac animals. On this first day we saw the Snake, the Goat, and the Dog lanterns. After walking through Chinatown, we went to the Chinese Friendship Garden, a traditional Chinese walled garden with sculptures, ponds with coy in them and even a tea house were we sat overlooking the garden while having our lunch. On our way back to the ship, we passed under the Harbor Bridge to cap off a great day.