Sunday, January 30, 2011

Australia Day...and our final days in Australia

The Final Post

This backpack is the just thing for an Australia Day (think 4th of July) picnic

With only a few days left on our trip, we tried to pack as much into the hours as possible. Gerry was feeling better as we revisited markets, strolled along streets and said our goodbyes to the wonderful people and places we'd visited. If these pictures make Australia look inviting --- plan a trip there for'll find it even more wonderful in person. But bring along a few extra dollars....prices are a bit higher than in other places we've visited. Even so, it's worth it....even if it's for nothing other than to hear that great Aussie ""G-Day!"

Pretty yellow calla lilies and sausage rolls and quiche tarts.

Beautiful pastries at Laurent Bakery

Great-looking loaves at French Fantasies and flowers at Vic Market

$300 million renovation and lots of planning makes for a beautiful new downtown Melbourne Myer Department Store

Two young Aussies handle a baby alligator (left) and snake at a reptile show at the Jam Factory in South Yarrow

Thousands watched musicians perform at Federation Square, thanks to this giant TV monitor

Anne and Dave dressed up in their Australia Day gear. They also gathered and brought this after-dinner picnic we ate along the river waiting for fireworks to begin.

Crowds gather along the river...and two friends proudly wear flags over their shoulders.

Arts Centre tower (left) and downtown buildings as darkness falls.

Twenty minutes of fireworks off buildings and in parks.

A pensive Gerry and semi-smiling Larry back on Sydney on our final day in Australia enjoying a last Australian beer at Circular Quay watching as the day comes to a close. 

With apologies to our vegetarian friends, we really "pigged out" for our final meal at Lowenbrau
A lemon meringue tart just waiting to be served.  
Time to get back to the hotel

They're ready for Valentines Day at Haight's Candy

An almost hypnotizing display of face and body products from Aesop at the Strand Arcade, the home of Australian Fassion

Stylish clothes for kids for the Austrian Open --- Sydney window display

Leaving Sydney

Goodbye --- Sydney Harbor, we will be back!

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