Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ferry to Manly

One of the first touristy things that Amy and Adam took us to do was to ride the train from Adam's house downtown to Circular Quay (which I cannot resist pronouncing "kway" even though it is pronounced "key") and then to hop on the commuter ferry to Manly, a cute seaside Sydney suburb abutting the Sydney harbor as well as the Pacific Ocean.

The ferry takes a very scenic route through the beautiful Sydney harbor, passing many of Sydney's iconic structures, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. 

Triple A riding the Manly ferry and enjoying the views.
Alex's first boat ride... he looks slightly concerned about the seaworthiness of the vessel.
Amazing weather, super blue skies and cool clouds.
Sydney's Central Business District (referred to by all as the CBD).
CBD with the Rocks, a historically rough port area now a prime shopping, dining and boozing neighborhood, to the right.
Big ships docked in Woolloomooloo Bay.
Harbor Bridge in the distance.
The ferry got quite chilly, especially on the shady and windy side. Time to bundle baby up! 
Amy is rocking a bit of a cockatoo hairstyle, but Alex is stylin' and warm in his puff-ball hat.
What a manly wharf.  Apparently Manly was named by Royal Navy Captain Arthur Phillip, based on his observation that the Aborigines in the area carried themselves with a certain "confidence and manly behavior."
The Manly Corso is a promenade of shops and "hotels" (bars) in historic buildings, leading pedestrians from the ferry port to the beach.
Did I mention that "Manly" is a funny name for a town?
Me and Amy at Manly Beach.  Too cold for swimming unfortunately, but just right for walking around and grabbing a pint (or a schooner or midi if you're a lightweight/not Manly).
Sunset ferry ride back to Circular Quay.
The north Sydney residences of Australia's Prime Minister and Governor-General (Kirribilli House and Admiralty House, respectively), just over the Harbour Bridge from the CBD.

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