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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Visiting Sydney and the Vivid Lights Festival - day 1

I've just returned from a 5 day visit to Sydney to spend time with hubby who's working over there and also to visit the Vivid Sydney Lights Festival that ended on Saturday 16th June.
The sun setting on the way to Sydney
I flew out on Wednesday afternoon after work, landed at 8,30pm, and managed to catch the 9pm train to Circular Quay, (a 17 minute trip) where Jose was waiting for me.
We decided that since we were right there where the action was we would see the lights around the harbour. 
It was a dazzling spectacle and of course my favourite show was the Opera House and the dozens of projections on it's sails.



The amount of people walking around was phenomenal, we were almost bumping into people as we walked around the harbour - families with young kids, elderly people, etc., all were out having a good time even though the night temperature was around 10C.
It was difficult to hear, but a lot or probably all of the shows were accompanied to music, such as the one on the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Museum of Contemporary Art
Cadmans's Cottage, built in 1816 in the suburb of "The Rocks"and one of the oldest buildings in Sydney, was illuminated with thousands of colourful balls and creatures popping out of the sea of balls - Ballpit.





On the 1885 heritage ASN Co Building on "The Rocks", the Mystery Gateau celebrated the 10th anniversary of Vivid Sydney as well as the 10th season of the well known cooking show - Masterchef Australia from Channel 10.  Here mini construction chefs undertook a cooking journey working against the clock as it ticks down to the final reveal.

Next to the Overseas Passenger Terminal, this suspended Earth globe measuring 3,75mt in diameter had detailed images from NASA.

Luna Park in the distance, even some boats were decked out in lights, illuminated trees in the Rocks
On the other side of the bay, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was fully visible, and the city centre buildings could be seen bathed in their bright colours.

A few random works of art caught my attention - Visible dynamics - a structure made up from different geometric shapes like a kid's stacking toy, Come fly with mea series of airplanes in a flight trajectory drifting up into sky, changing angles and colour , or Fragmented - a rotating 2,4 x 2,4 cube made of steel and stained glass. 

Visible dynamics, Come fly with me and Fragmented

In between one side of the harbour and the other we stopped for a snack at one of the restaurants  - it was already 10,30pm and we didn't want to risk the kitchens closing before we went home -  I had a very fresh and tasty plate of fish and chips.

It was almost midnight when we finally got home, after an half an hour bus ride from the city.  
We really enjoyed our first Vivid Lights festival!  Which projections did you most enjoy?






42 comments:

  1. Ficaram espectaculares as fotografias com os efeitos coloridos do lazer na Opera House de Sidney.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Obrigada Francisco, foi um espectaculo maravilhoso.

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  2. They are all wonderful, but the last one's floating in the air ar my favourite.

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    1. They were very interesting Marianne.

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  3. What an amazing time to visit Sydney. They are all so incredible. I couldn't believe all the beautiful projections from the Opera House. I am torn. I love the Earth and Visible Dynamics. Of course, they each have their own individual WOW factor! Lucky, lucky you. Hope you are feeling OK now, too.

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    1. All well Elizabeth, thank you.
      I know they all have their own wow factor, very difficult to choose.

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  4. It is interesting to see Vivid Sydney through your eyes, rather than the usual professional photographers. Some people think Vivid has become too big and the city is overwhelmed with numbers of people.

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    1. Thanks Andrew. Never been there for this show before, but the city sure was packed with tourists, visiting cruise ships, restaurants were full, trains were full...

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  5. Such pretty shows of light

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  6. Magnífico!
    É verdade que para mim o ano não parece estar a começar sem ver o fogo de artifício em Sidney! Com luzes é maravilhoso!

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    1. O fogo de artificio do ano novo em Sydney e fabuloso, mas este show de luzes foi tambem fantastico.

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  7. Beautiful, Sami!
    But 10C is kinda cold.
    It´s just awesome what´s possible these days, love those balls.
    And those cooks! The earth, oh, wow, it´s all amazing and beautiful. I just cannot decide.

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    1. It's winter Iris, 10C is not too bad, sometimes it goes lower during the night. I know difficult to choose, they are all fantastic.

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  8. Sami, what a fabulous show of lights!!!
    The Opera House ... OMG.... what a view!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Catarina, it's such an iconic sight but with the light show it was even better!

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  9. The Opera House must be my favourite!

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    1. It was mine too William. Thank you.

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  10. So Colorful And Love That Mural Monday Shot

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Padre, it was a bright mural too :)

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  11. What a lovely festival, who ever thought of lighting up buildings did us all such a favour. I bet it was hard to leave the Opera House though, that looked amazing. It was something definitely to cheer up a chilly night!
    Wren x

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    1. Thanks Wren, I went twice to the city to see the lights and couldn't get enough of the Opera House. Amazing way to show off the monuments.

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  12. Uma cidade que me deixou deslumbrado quando a visitámos.
    Bjs, bfds

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    1. Uma cidade bonita que gosto muito de visitar, mas acho que para viver temos melhor qualidade de vida em Perth, por ser uma cidade mais pequena e mais facil de "navegar" e com menos stress.

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  13. Looooove your shots of Vivid Sami, brought back memories of my visit two years ago. My fav are the bridge illuminations but the most spectacular have to go to the Opera house. I enjoyed our catch up today xx

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    1. Thanks Grace, loved the Opera house too of course.
      Thanks for the catch up and the talk.

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  14. Que cidade deslumbrante, adorava visitá-la um dia :).
    Beijinhos
    Blog: Life of Cherry

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    1. Obrigada pela visita Cherry. Sydne e uma cidade bonita.

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  15. Olá Sami!
    As projeções que mais gostei, foram as da Ópera. Mas são todas lindas.
    E o fish and chips, também parece delicioso!
    Bom fim-de-semana!

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    1. Obrigada pela visita Paula. Tambem gostei mais da Opera House.
      Estava delicioso o peixe. Bom fim de semana para si tambem.

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  16. Wow, that is a lot of light pollution!

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  17. Dearest Sami,
    What a coincidence that both of us write about Sydney...? Is this Vivid Lights Festival also rather new or did it exist already for decades? To me the Opera House looks stunning and also the City Centre. But no doubt all is looking fascinating.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. This was the 10th anniversary of the Vivid Lights festival, so reasonably recent.

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  18. I love all the city lights but my favorite was the sun set from the airplane. That had to be breathtaking and I love how it looked on the wing.

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    1. Thanks Jeanie, I always try to seat by the window as I love to take photos of the sky, sunsets or sunrises up there.

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  19. How wonderful, especially the Opera House.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, the Opera House was fabulous!

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  20. Such pretty sights.
    Nice to learn about the lights festival in Sydney.

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