16 March 2012, Gail’s trip log

Last full day in Sydney. Slept 11 hours, but woke up refreshed – ready to go. We had muffins while watching local news – then got dressed and walked 1 ½ blocks to the “Sydney Eye” and the 4D Sydney Experience. The 360 degree observation deck that is about 820 feet high in the sky tower. They showed us a 5 minute “4D” video first, very neat. The view from the deck was amazing – could see all of the harbors the Opera House, botanical gardents – could see nearly to the airport. There was a Princess ship (The Dawn Princess) where ours will be tomorrow. Dan took tons of photos, of course. We spent about 45 minutes up there – and then actually bought the photo package they offered using the shot they took of us against green screen when we came in – very impressive presentation booklet. We then went to the Myer food court and had some Thai food and some ice cream (Dan) and iced coffee and a cookie (me). As we were walking back to the hotel we stopped to watch some street performers for the Australian Superannuation Fund. They were offering a drawing to passers by and Dan won a $25 gift card to Myer. We were going to use it for dinner in the food court – but decided instead to go for brunch tomorrow after we finish packing stuff up. (Dan says throwing stuff back into the suitcases) We have arranged for late checkout – at 200. We sail at 700, but have until 600 to board. We dropped our stuff in our room and then went exploring. Mailed some postcards, changed some US dollars and discovered our hotel is actually built around the old Post Office – they have preserved some old areas – very interesting. Also walked up to St. James Anglican Church. Weather still wonderful. We stopped and got some sun screen. Then we came back to the hotel and had a snack at the ‘Sushi Train’ – pretty cool – and very good. Fun. Back to the room to hang out and catch up some reading. Dan went down around 700 and got a couple of thin crust pizzas from the wood fire pizzeria in the hotel. Very good. Sydney has been fun, but expensive. Anxious to get on the ship and sail away tomorrow.

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