The old inner city suburb of Redfern, with its lovely heritage terrace houses near the super modern University buildings is very popular with students.
|Redfern - old terrace houses and modern university buildings|
I was on the hunt for some murals, but it was hot and humid and after finding a couple of murals I got back on the train towards Petersham (4 stations further), known as the Portuguese quarter.
I had to settle for a light lunch across the road in the Portuguese restaurant - Costa do Sol.
At the Italian/Portuguese Convenience store on the main road, I bought Portuguese wine to take to dinner with our neighbours, and Quince paste (marmelada) for my son and daughter in law, who had requested it.
Shopping done, I took the train into the city, and as the stops weren't being announced I didn't get out on the right one. Thanks to the "Opal" app (Sydney transport) I got off at the next stop and then had to take 2 buses home, following the route religiously on the app so I wouldn't get lost 😌.
At 7pm, after Jose got home and tended to his little garden, we went upstairs to his Iranian neighbours who had invited us for lasagna. We took the Portuguese wine which they loved and for dessert we enjoyed a Chocolate mousse which I made earlier.
They have two Persian cats, an older very shy male - Tom and a young and playful female - Sophie. We had a great dinner, wonderful conversation and I'm so glad they keep an eye on Jose.
|Tom (peering over the balcony) and Sophie (on the dining chair), Jose's little courtyard and garden patch (under the trees) and the granny flat where he lives (next to garage)|
Wednesday, 6th March - I would be leaving Sydney towards the end of the afternoon, so I met up with Jose at Central Station where his company has offices, to leave my suitcase so I could walk around unhindered.
I wanted to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens for the "Plants that bite exhibition" at the Calyx.
|The Calyx - some ducks and Ibis by the pond|
|The plant wall and the "biting" plants scattered in the middle and in hanging baskets|
After the exhibition I wandered around the Botanic Gardens until I reached the Tropical Garden area, with it's exotic plants.
The signs about the biting plants were informative.
On the way out a few statues, and the pretty views over the city.
|Sculptures in the Botanic gardens|
I had to be back at Central Station just before 3pm, as Jose had a meeting at 3, so I left the park towards Circular Quay and suddenly the sky started to get quite dark and heavy as you can see on the next photos.
As soon as I arrived at the main concourse the rain started pelting down!
|The Opera House, Sydney Bridge and the "Radiance of the Seas"|
I called Jose when I arrived at the station, and he met me by the timetable board to hand me my luggage. We said our goodbyes and I walked to platform 23 from where the train to the Domestic and International airport departs about every 10 minutes, taking about 15 minutes.
I felt much better then, and I'm sure my travelling companions were happier around me too 😁.
Have you seen any of these, and did you enjoy them?
And for me it's back to my normal routine at home and work.
"A star is born" with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper - brilliant acting and superb music (youtube)