Photographer's Note

How fast the time goes! It is already three weeks since my Sydney meeting.
The day began very early - Lisa came before sunrise to take me to Cogee - her favourite beach. Then we had breakfast somewhere in the nice place. It was the first (and only) time that I tried Vegemite. [It is a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract.
Vegemite is made from brewers' yeast extract, a by-product of beer manufacturing, various vegetables, wheat and spice additives. It is salty, slightly bitter and malty, and rich in umami – similar to beef bouillon.] It was interesting experience.
Near the Queen Victoria Building we met Dawn and Gus Izurieta, Ian and Colin Fegent and Graham Maranda. Pity that Peter couldn't come. Our first stop was Queen Victoria Building, where Lisa is banned from shopping. (haha, no danger for me. I should be banned from shopping at airtickets sites :)). It is impressive beautiful building. We made photos there but I was not satisfied with mine, unfortunately. Then we went near Cathedral and Hyde Barracks. We spent there quite a lot of time observing May Day parade. For me quite funny to see Che "always living". I am interested in flowers and trees so we went to wonderful Botanic Gardens. marvelous place. Then of course near the opera, Circular Quay and finally we had delicious lunch. There we said good bye. I was not tired at all, why should I, so I took a ferry and went to see Sydney from the water side and Manly Beach. When I returned to the City it was already dark and to late to go to Harbour Bridge Pylon. I walked around the Rocks, making some night shots and near eight I was back at my hostel. It was unforgettable day, thank you all!

This photo was made from Eye Tower. One can see here the cathedral and the Archibald Fountain. On the left are Hyde Park Barracks. [Constructed by convict labour by order of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the Barracks is one of the most familiar works of the accomplished colonial England-born, Australian architect Francis Greenway. As the principal male convict barracks in New South Wales it provided lodgings for convicts working in government employment around Sydney until its closure in mid-1848.
It has had many occupants since then. It was an Immigration Depot for single female immigrants seeking work as domestic servants and awaiting family reunion from 1848 to 1886 and also a female asylum from 1862 to 1886. From 1887 to 1979 law courts and government offices were based at the Barracks. Wiki]

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