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Playing tourist...

Last weekend we stayed in the city and spent Friday and Saturday being tourists.  The weather wasn't perfect, but while it was a little overcast and showery, it was quite pleasant for all the walking we were doing.  Not like today, where the rain has been bucketing down all day!

2010 is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Lachlan Macquarie in Sydney. He was the fifth governor to be sent here, and he actually requested the position. He replaced the infamous Governor Bligh (Yes, previously Captain Bligh of The Bounty). Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth stayed for 11 years and the two of them probably contributed more to the fledgling country than anyone else in our short history, most certainly they transformed Sydney from a nondescript penal colony to a thriving colonial town that was attractive to new settlers.  In celebration of this anniversary Sydney is staging Visions of Macquarie, a light show that is projected on the historic buildings which he was mostly responsible for, and which are located on a street named for him.

This is just one of the many extraordinary displays of this wonderful exhibition; it's projected onto the front of St Mary's Cathedral.

If you you would like to see more there are photos and the story behind each one here

On Saturday we visited the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australia Museum. (Well, how could I resist dropping in here?) 

Continuing our trek we wandered through the Botanic Gardens.

June sees the Biennale of Sydney taking place as part of the Vivid Festival, and there are odd little artistic installations all over the city, including this inflatable water lily in the gardens.  I can tell you the ducks did not appreciate this piece of art at all as it continually deflated and re-inflated all day long.

Catching a ferry across to Cockatoo Island there were more unusual pieces of art to be found.
  This one, I thought, was quite fun,

 but this one ...well, no thank you.

 OK this is quite impressive.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
I love your pictures and bit of history--fun!
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed them. It was rather nice being a tourist in our own city. There's so much we take for granted.

Edited at 2010-06-04 11:28 pm (UTC)
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
I like the water lily! There's a motel here with two huge inflatable palm trees outside which look quite cool.
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
It was very bright and joyful really, and quite incongruous in this part of the garden. I'd be the first to admit that just don't get a lot of the art presented for the Biennale, but I do enjoy a bit of whimsy.
Jun. 4th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
This is very interesting, I like your respect for your history.
Lovely pictures and mmmmm...I love botanic gardens!!!
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Macquarie was such an extraordinary man, if only we had someone of his vision, courage and compassion to help run the country today!
Jun. 5th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
I share your view, and I have my country in my mind.

What a beautiful banner you have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun. 4th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Nice pics! I love the botanic garden. And the lit church is a real delight - I saw the same kind in Lyon on December 8th during which the city is all lit up.

Edited at 2010-06-04 08:43 pm (UTC)
Jun. 4th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I was amazed by the clarity of the images, some of the buildings even had moving scenes which were just wonderful.
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