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Arriving and La Boheme

semi-overcast 75 °F

In the midst of Australian summer, we sailed into Sydney Harbor, one of the most magnificent, dramatic, gorgeous harbors in the world. The day was a special one for because for the first time in twenty years, two Silversea ships were arriving in Sydney at the same time. The Silver Muse and our ship the Silver Whisper came in sight of each other about 6 am on Saturday morning. About 6:45, the Muse passed us and led the way to the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge, and then we sped up and sailed in front of her. The ships were brightly lit and twinkled and ... the skies were deep grey and full of rain.

On Saturday morning, we stayed home and looked at our magnificent amaryllis (from White Flower Farms and brought in our hand luggage) inside as the drizzle continued outside. We wanted to do a reverse rain dance because we had been looking forward to Saturday night for a long time. The ship had arranged tickets for La Boheme. We were to travel by boat to a dock right beside the Sydney Opera House – champagne on the boat and a midnight buffet after the opera. And about six pm the skies lifted and the sun sparkled on the water and we set off on this fabulous adventure. The music was grand, the production intriguing and the setting utterly splendid.

After the opera, the sail back to the Whisper passed Luna Park, an amusement park near the Sydney Harbor Bridge. I think the Australians have some work to do! Despite all their talk of honoring their aboriginal brothers and sisters, of living together in multiracial harmony, the gate to Luna Park is a black face character that looks nothing like an honored brother or sister. Strangely, the gate reverts to a white face in the day.

Posted by HopeEakins 00:53 Archived in Australia

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