Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Fleet's in

If you had to be somewhere yesterday, Sydney wasn't a bad place to be.  Naval ships and tall ships from around the world were here, Prince Harry was here, and so were we.

We were all gathered to witness the International Fleet Review in honour of the centenary of the Australian Navy.

Being up at the crack of dawn, our first stop was for a quiet cup of coffee and a pastry.

We were fortunate enough to secure an excellent spot at the Opera House and before long the fun began.  

These two helicopters virtually danced their way around the harbour, carrying out precise manoeuvres, much to the appreciation of the crowds below.

The Governor General (she's the little dot in blue) came past us on the way to the review the fleet, but alas Prince Harry must have sneaked in while we were distracted by the events taking place on the harbour.  I was secretly hoping that he would make a grand entrance emulating his grandmother in the latest James Bond movie.

People filled all manner of craft on the water.

Some people will go to any lengths to get a better view.

There was as much activity overhead as there was on the water which distracted us from noticing just how sunburnt we were!

Slowly from the harbour entrance the Australian fleet came into view and sailed past the official party.

By now we realised that perhaps we had had a touch too much of the hot sun and when we abandoned our precious viewing spot and reached the top of the Opera House steps, we were amazed at the crowds below.

The British Royal Marines Band was performing as we made our way down the steps.

I felt so sorry for them wearing their heavy uniforms on a day when the temperatures reached 32 degrees celsius, but they played brilliantly.

Everyone appreciated the performance, even the fly taking a free ride on Mr Fudge's hat.

The fountain in the Opera House forecourt attracted the overheated crowds like Pooh Bear to honey.

On the trek up to the city we were astounded to find ourselves walking next to some dear friends from Brisbane, dressed up to the nines, who were here for a wedding and had no that they were going to land in the middle of such celebrations.

We were in need of (a) a cool oasis and (b) lunch - and the Art Gallery obliged on both counts.

The art continued with Art and About Sydney 2013 to make our walk to the train station more pleasant.

Spiderman had the right idea.

Well done Sydney - you put on a spectacular day.

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