Stepping onto a walkway running along Sydney Harbour was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment for Lewis the Lion.
This had to be one of the prettiest harbours he had ever seen in his little life. Under the bright sunshine, he smiled and cherished this fine moment.
Here you can click on one of Lewis the Lion’s You Tube videos as he relishes the view of Sydney Harbour. Yet again, Lewis the Lion couldn’t believe how lucky he was as he gazed out on the spectacular Sydney Harbour, taking in the famous landmarks of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city itself. Click here to see what he saw.
Funnily enough, something here reminded Lewis the Lion of home and it wasn’t the gloriously sunny weather. Rather a very special bridge: The Sydney Harbour Bridge which Lewis the Lion thought looked just like the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne, albeit a little bit more elongated.
He wanted to discover more about it but you can read more about that in Lewis the Lion’s next blog.
Helen had been handed a special big Margherita on the street and it’s bright colours seemed to match perfectly with the mood of the day as Lewis the Lion and his friends went to experience Sydney’s cafe lifestyle in a place called The Rocks by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There was a lovely crafts and food market right beside him which he enjoyed looking at later, (he definitely just looked though as everything was quite pricey!).
Next he and his friends took a little stroll (and enjoyed an ice-cream) alongside Sydney’s other iconic landmark: the Sydney Opera House.
This building has sat proudly on Sydney’s waterfront since 1973 and is the biggest performance space in the world, made up of over a thousand rooms. These include concert halls, rehearsal studios, restaurants and shops. Lewis learnt that its concert hall also has the largest mechanical organ in the world but for now he was admiring the outside.
With its the curved white lines, it reminded Lewis of a ship with its sails up.
However, as he got closer, the underneath of the V-shape of the sails reminded him of a shark’s mouth open wide and the beams of the underside reminded him of a whale’s ribcage. My goodness, he did have an active imagination! He wondered if the architects themselves had thought of this when they were designing it?
The detail closer up was quite extraordinary, particularly of its large glass windows and its granite tiled roof which Lewis the Lion thought was quite art-deco in style, they way they reflected the light.
Lewis the Lion wasn’t surprised to learn that over 2 million people a year come here to watch concerts and operas. For him, just being here to see the building felt enough and he could understand why there was a group of school children there that day learning all about it too.
Lewis the Lion and his friends’ walk then took them around the tip of the Sydney Opera House from where they had the most impressive view of the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Lewis could see that they were setting up for what looked like an outdoor wedding and he thought what a wonderful place these people had chosen to enjoy their special day. They certainly would have some very special wedding photos with these iconic landmarks in the background.
The pathway then led him along to the most pleasant and relaxing Botanical Gardens. Lewis the Lion was happy to see another lion statue as he entered the park.
He then thought the birds of paradise flowers looked a bit like the long-beaked ibis birds scavenging around the park.
For sure, Sydney certainly sparkled in Lewis the Lion’s eyes, both during the day and night.
Lewis the Lion wants you to look closely at the photo of the Australian school children. What do you notice is the same as British school children? What is different?