This post has nothing to do with motorcycles but I thought I'd post up some pictures from the weekend my wife and myself spent in the city for some relaxation. I am sure that no matter where you live in the world that you will instantly recognise the following pictures. They are the iconic symbols of this country after all. We don't normally come into the city often unless it is work related so a weekend doing some touristy stuff was welcome.Unfortunately the photos don't quite do justice to the real thing.
If you look closely on top of the bridge you can see tourists on the bridge climb. I did one about 8 years ago and it was fantastic. If your in Sydney on Holidays you should give it a go.
We visited the Opera house and I wanted to get some close up photos. This building is absolutely amazing in both its sheer size and its complexity in its design. The closer you get to it the harder it become to take a good photo. The danish engineer/architect that designed this was a genius.
Here is a close up picture of between the shells and the peak of the roof. Looks like they used copper plating for the front section. As the copper age's in the weather it changes colour to faded dull green you can see here.
I recently worked at the Yacht Club building on Hamilton Island that had an all copper roof. It was brand new and all brown but they said that in about 12 months time it would be all green as I had seen in the artists impressions of the place. That roof would be worth a fortune at the scrap metal yard.
I'm sure that the poor guys quoting the tender to tile this place could have tripled their quote and still went broke. The amount of tiles on this thing is phenomenal. The curvature of the shells would have made this very hard to work on. I guess that's why it took so long to build the thing. Touching the tiles near the bottom they were smooth like glass.
The afternoon sun reflected a brilliant orange light on the side of the building. It looked quite spectacular. They sometimes have light shows at night times where they shine different lights and lasers on to the shells creating awesome effects.
I may be a bit biased but we sure do have a pretty special harbour with some excellent views. Its very photogenic.
Tourism Australia, you can start sending through the royalty cheques anytime now.