Saturday, February 12, 2011

Couchsurfing in Sydney Part 2...with my recovered pictures!!

Hello friends,
It turns out that my memory card was corrupt but I was able to pay someone to retrieve my pics.  Yippee!!

Here is Matt, my host from CouchSurfing!  He let me stay in his lovely home in the suburb of Cronulla.  It is one hour outside of Sydney.  Cronulla is known for having Sydney's longest beach.  It is ideal for surfing, fishing and hiking.

My awesome host, Matt!

Matt's friend, Josh

Matt took me out to see the sunrise at 6 in the morning!  

View of the beach in Cronulla

 Famous Sydney Harbour Bridge
This is the largest steel arch bridge.  People often climb this bridge which usually takes about 2 hours for the express climb or the guided tour for 3.5 hours.

Queen Victoria Building 

Famous Coca Cola sign at the start of Kings Cross (Sydney's Red Light District),_Kings_Cross

Sydney's must see Opera House

Sydney Opera House facts and figures

The Sydney Opera house:
  • Was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon
  • Was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973
  • Presented, as its first performance, The Australian Opera's production of War and Peace by Prokofiev
  • Cost $AU 102,000,000 to build
  • Conducts 3000 events each year
  • Provides guided tours to 200,000 people each year
  • Has an annual audience of 2 million for its performances
  • Includes 1000 rooms
  • Is 185 metres long and 120 metres wide
  • Has 2194 pre-cast concrete sections as its roof
  • Has roof sections weighing up to 15 tons
  • Has roof sections held together by 350 km of tensioned steel cable
  • Has over 1 million tiles on the roof
  • Uses 6225 square metres of glass and 645 kilometres of electric cable

St. Mary's Cathedral

Syd taking a nap

He can fall asleep anywhere!  So cute!

Kangaroos chilling in their pen. 

They sure know how to relax!!  What a life!

Australian Cassowary Bird

The Cassowary is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most dangerous bird.  

Rock Wallaby

Queen Victoria building was quoted as "The most beautiful shopping centre in the world. " by Pierre Cardin
This incredible example of Byzantine architecture is comprised of several domes and beautiful stained glass windows and gorgeous wood panellings and artwork throughout.

Sydney Opera House

St. Mary's Cathedral

At our first pub in Cronulla with Matt and two french CouchSurfers, Pauline and Laury

Australia's second biggest street
Pitt Street Mall is Australia's most expensive street and it is the seventh most expensive street in the world.

Inside roof of the Queen Victoria Building

Inside of the Queen Victoria Building
Matt's Italian roommate, Alex

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