Outside of QVB, we caught sight of a street artist drawing a picture of santa using colored chalks. I always admire the passion of these street artists and performers and I make it a point to make a small contribution in support of their efforts.
After QVB, we walked down George Street and from a distance, I saw this beautiful building with the most intricate decorative detailing on the facade. As i walked closer, I suffered a rude shock to find, to my disgust, the golden arches of the infamous global food chain prominently displayed at the foyer of the building. The historical Plaza Theatre has been converted to a MacDonald's! *horror* I must say that was one hell of a MacDonald's with huge crystal chandeliers, beamed ceiling covered with beautiful motifs!
Apart from the usual tourist souvenirs, there's also a fresh food section where you can buy anything from vegetables, fruits to fresh meats. The produces looked really fresh and were very reasonably priced. I noticed many locals doing their grocery shopping there.
There are also many eateries, supermarkets and shops located on the upper levels of Paddy's Markets. I found one supermarket selling mostly asian products. From Paddy's, we walked back to Town Hall and took the rail to Circular Quay. The weather was beautiful and I managed to capture many pretty shots of the quay area and its 2 most iconic structures.
The Circular Quay Wharf is the terminus for all public ferry routes in Sydney. From here, you can catch a ferry to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Mosman Bay, Rose Bay, Watsons Bay, Parramatta and many other locations http://www.sydneyferries.info/
I had really wanted to do the bridge climb but it was just too costly at almost A$200/pax http://www.bridgeclimb.com/default.htm A much cheaper alternative is to climb up 200 steps to the Pylon lookout - a similar view as that of the bridge climb but for only a minute fraction (A$9.50) of the price of the bridge climb http://www.pylonlookout.com.au/
Saw this cute installation opposite Circular Quay Wharf. Reminded me of my own tan lines.
From Circular Quay, we took the rail again to Central Station where we walked around the area and then found a nice cafe where we had a hot cup of coffee each (our first cup of decent coffee after so many days in Australia!).
We then headed back to the hotel as we had made dinner reservations for 7.30pm. Dinner was at the LB's Harbourview Restaurant. From where we were seated, we had a nice view of the Lavender bay towards the harbour and the city. The food was great but it was such a pity that my appetite wasn't good as I was still sick from flu and fever. Somehow, our dessert orders were much delayed (according to the restaurant manager, the chef had burnt RG's pie)....and to make up for their delay, the cost of our drinks were waived.
We turned in early for the night as I was still running a fever. I figured if my temperature didn't subside, I'd have to call for a doctor by tomorrow. At least I'm covered under travel insurance.