We spent the final days of our Virtual Trek in Sydney. It was truly a "Bittersweet" Time as we knew that our Special Time together was coming to a close, and even though we were (a Little!) Homesick and missing our Familys, there was still a SMALL Piece of your Heart that wants the Trek to continue. (Although Ann may Not have felt that, LOL!)
One of the high lights for me was getting to walk on the SkyWalk. It is located at the Sydney Tower which stands 1,014 Feet above Sydney's Business District, and offers an INCREDIBLE Bird's Eye View of the City. The main Observation Deck is 164 feet higher than Auckland's Sky Tower. You can even get your Picture made on the Glass Floor Platform with the Sydney Harbor as your background. I offered Gail and Joan everything I could think of but No Amount of Bribing could get them out there on the platform with me, LOL!!
The tour of the Tower lasts 45 Wonderful, Exciting Minutes, and the Tour Guide gives you LOTS of Information about the History of Sydney and the Landmarks that you are looking at through the High Powered Binoculars that are provided. Certainly a Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience that will never be forgotten. Thanks to YouTube, you can relive it through Other People's eyes.
On our last evening, Ann's Dear Husband flew in to have Dinner with us. Evidently he "Knows" people because he arranged a Dinner Cruise on one of the Tall Ships in Sydney Harbour. As I understand it, the 2 hour Cruises do not even run at this time of year (maybe because of the Cold Weather? I am not sure). But not only did we get to experience the Cruise, it was extended to THREE Hours!!
We even had the opportunity to "Raise the Sails" if we wanted to. I WANTED To, of course!! It gave me another chance to practice my Virtual Climbing Skills. Gail and Joan don't know what they missed!!
RaIsing the Sails is Hungry Work and the food was beyond DELICIOUS!! The ship we were on was over 100 years old so it was not outfitted for 'Sit Down' Meals. But the Finger Foods that they provided was so good, nobody minded.
My Favorite (of course!!) was the Spinach and Feta Cheese Triangle pastrys. But there was PLENTY of other Wonderful things to choose from, including Japanese Hand Rolled Sushi, King Prawn and Marinated Chicken Skewers, and Fresh Fruit. The Lamb and Rosemary Pies with Tomato Chutney were unlike anything I've EVER tasted before. I HAVE to try to find a recipe or an Oklahoma Restaurant that serves them!!!
Oh, and did I mention the Vegetable Platters!!?!!
If Bright, Vibrant Colours mean there are a Lot of Vitamins in your food, those Veggies were LOADED!! And Delicious!! And, NO, I did NOT even try to add any of that to the Food Tracker here on Spark., LOL!!
The evening (and The Trek!) did have to end eventually, and the live band on the ship provided a wonderful, acoustic concert for us to enjoy as we rested, and reflected on all that we have seen and learned in the past two months.
I will probably always be a Proud resident of Oklahoma, but from now on a Part of my Heart will belong to the Beautiful Land "Down Under".
THANK YOU, ANN (EMMAB1) for the Trip of a Lifetime, and For the Memories!!