04.30.2007 -17 °C
This day was FULL of walking, not that the other days weren’t, but I somehow managed to hurt my foot & walking on it was NOT very much fun. It was a great day, but not my favorite one on the trip because of that…
Today we walked down to Darling Harbour to see the waterfront in that area. There were lots of stores and restaurants with patios along the water. We looked thru a few tourist shops, and then headed to the Sydney Aquarium. Of course, everything was Finding Nemo themed because the movie had just come out and the kids LOVED it. I loved it!! It was very cool. There were tons of giant tanks with all kinds of fish, big and small. They even had a small tank that we could stick our hands in and touch some weird creatures. I got to feel a starfish and a sea slug! It was great!!
There was this one area where you go down a bunch of stairs and come out in a glass tunnel that goes thru a giant tank with sharks and turtles and rays. So it’s like you’re under the water with them! It was the best part. The sharks would swim right over your head and right over the glass so that the only thing separating you from them was the small glass tube. We spend a while down there, taking lots of pictures. It was the closest I’d ever been to a real live shark and it was amazing. We made our way thru the aquarium and out onto the dock. Sitting on the edge of the dock you can see hundreds of small jellyfish floating around in the water. It was pretty cool. After we spent awhile there, we headed over to a place called the Chinese Garden of Friendship. It was a walled in garden that could have been smack in the middle of China! It was beautiful!! Bamboo trees, a big pond, and traditional looking Chinese buildings covered the grounds. The only way you could tell you were in the middle of the city was if you looked up you could see all the skyscrapers of Sydney towering overhead. We wandered around there for awhile too. I loved it. It was so relaxing. They had a building that you could go and dress in traditional Chinese costume. A couple little girls ran by in beautiful Chinese silk dresses. That pretty much took up most of the day…walking there and back and stopping at little shops along the way. My ankle was killing me by the time we had gotten back and from favoring it all day, the other one was starting to hurt too.