Feeling Kind of Manly

October 8:  On my third day in Sydney, I spent the morning at the Paddington Market and the afternoon finding my way around the city.  I am staying at the Hughenden Hotel in Paddington, partly because I wanted to get away from the chain hotels but mostly because my fourth night here is only $1!  It’s a pretty cute boutique hotel, built in the 1870s, and each room is unique. I’m staying in “The Queen Room”, which has a kitchenette and a private patio.  It is a bit out of the way, so I have to ride the bus alot; I should get a pair of bus pants!

The Paddington Markets happen every Saturday and it was an easy walk to get there. I spent more time there than I thought I would and I ended up with two pieces of designer clothing!  They are designed and handmade in Australia, though, so I’m happy with the purchases. One of the designers is Katie Perry… and, yes!, there is a story!  Seems that the singer Katy Perry sued the designer Katie Perry over the use of her name.  They kind of look alike, too (well, sort of).  It was really fun to talk to her and to hear the story about how she became a clothes designer, and I like the skirt I bought, too!  The other fun thing about the Markets was that I saw a poffertjes booth. Yes, Mom, poffertjes for sale!  $6 for 10 and there was a line. You would make a killing!  🙂

 

Views of the Paddington Markets (top), the poffertjes stand (bottom row left), and the Australian Katie Perry (bottom row right)

 

To get around Sydney more easily, I bought a “MyZone” multi-pass ticket that gives me unlimited access to the buses, trains, and ferries, which is a really great deal. I ended up catching the 3 pm ferry to Manly and spent the rest of the day there.  Manly is a northern suburb of Sydney and one of the first places that the English transport (convict) ships landed.  In 1790, Captain Phillip was speared by one of the indigenous people living there, after which a lot of confusion ensued, and of course, tensions rose.  More recently, Manly is home to the Sea Eagles rugby team , who won the NRL Premiership last week.  Even though it was raining, it was nice to walk on the beach and eat an ice cream. I also bought some art, but that story will have to wait until later.

 

On Manly Beach, with the Pacific Ocean behind me

 

Of course, a ferry ride to Manly would not be complete without the requisite picture of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.  Unfortunately, it was a really cloudy and sometimes rainy day, but I think the picture turned out nice enough.

 

View of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge

 

I also walked around the Opera House, which is situated on Bennelong Point, and I admired all the well-dressed people there to catch a show. Lots of little cafes and bars were crowded with the pre-show crowd and others who were just there for the views.

 

In front of the Sydney Opera House.

 

It was a pretty busy day and tomorrow I’ll explore a bit more.  I think I’m going to head down to Bondi Beach then probably back up to Circular Quay (where the Opera House is). This time, however, I’ll head in the other direction and go to The Rocks and the Sydney Observatory and whatever else appeals to me.  Or maybe I’ll just stay in my hotel room…. Bazinga!

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