We never tire of the birds - listening to them, taking pictures of them - and we are always hoping for the perfect picture of the Kookaburras and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. We definitely need a miracle when it comes to photographing these fellows because they move when you don't want them to, appear when the lighting is poor and so we keep on practicing. Hey this sounds like parenthood...
|The museum of the week was the Police and Justice museum in Sydney. These implements are from the Aborigines when the first convicts arrived. And of course, the first Police uniform and weaponry.|
|Smith and Wesson was even popular in Australia.|
|The hardened criminal - oh wait, they would never wear a tie!|
|So, here we learned why, in a court room, it is called the bench-it's because it literally is a bench. Also, this is the reason that what we call in the United States counter tops, are called bench tops in Australia.|
The magistrates wore some interesting head gear to formalize and honor their position. They still wear the wigs today in the courtrooms. We hope to be outside the courts one day with a camera and will show you these same wigs on the heads of the magistrates.
The mask was used so fellow criminals couldn't identify who was testifying against whom. Plus, the "gag" order may be related to this device used to keep criminals from verbally disrupting the proceedings.
|Interesting old keys and locks.|
|Here we are in the Harbor Bridge Pylon Museum. This has some great photos and history of how the bridge was built over 8 years. This is our second visit and absolutely the best $17.00 spent.|
|Most wonderful are the views from the pylon observation deck.|
|She has important places in hand! The Sydney Opera House is a unique icon representing the area. The stained glass windows are in the pylon walls.|
The view of the bridge from the Rocks. Those are all tour busses turning around and heading back out - The Rocks area today is a place to live and work close to Sydney. They have maintained the old and the new, much like other large old cities. Urban Renewal is alive and well in Sydney.
|These are various views from the Cahill Expressway Walk above and near the Circular Quay (pronounced "key").|
|The wharf at Circular Quay is a very busy place taking people all over the Sydney Harbor to various destinations for shopping, hiking, just cruising, whale watching, site seeing, etc.|
Funny word changes - we call them speed bumps and Aussies call them speed humps. These always make us smile.
|Harvey is a scholarly tourist as we pass several historic buildings and museums as we drive to the motorway...|