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Sydney Stopover

April 4, 2015

Sydney Opera House

Last Friday we flew from Auckland, the City of Sails, to Sydney where we stopped off to see the ‘sail like’ Opera House designed by Danish architect Jarn Utzon.

The Opera House was constructed between 1959 and 1973, and visited by my nana Walton a few years later when she travelled to Sydney by ship to visit her son who had emigrated there as a ‘£10 pom.’

The whole purpose of our Sydney stopover was to see this iconic building, which she told me so much about as a child, to catch up with a school friend who I had not seen for about twenty years and to meet my uncle and extended family.

We had a fantastic weekend and fabulous weather until our flight out on Monday morning when the heavens opened.

High winds delayed our arrival in Heathrow the next day. The same winds delayed our daughter’s flight from Melbourne and so we were reunited with her in Heathrow airport where we spent the day waiting for our next flight out, which was further delayed by the wind.

We finally made it to Newcastle on Tuesday evening where our younger daughter was waiting to pick us all up.

It is good to have the family back together again.

This Friday I found myself back at work at Richmond Castle where I laid an Easter Trail in the pouring rain for visitors brave enough to battle the elements.

The trail consists of six treasure chests containing clues to six words which form one new word to whisper in the King’s ear in return for three gold chocolate coins.

I returned from my 37 days on the other side of the world with a treasure chest of memories, photographs (taken by Ian Marshall) and a hoard of words for a new set of poems.


From → Travel Writing

  1. Love your travelogs. Don’t travel very far myself.

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