Cassowary at the Taronga Zoo
This morning we drove over the world’s widest expansion bridge to the Taronga Zoo. We had a very knowledgeable volunteer docent guide us through the high lights of the Zoo. As northern hemispherians (I made that word up) we only had eyes for the kangaroos, koalas and wallabies as well as the wombat, echidna and the fabulous, unbelievable duck billed platypus. It truly was fun and there was a aviary chocked full of colorful birds one of which liked blonde hair. So, our friend Beth provided her curls for nest building. Most of the large animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes have been moved to a safari type park.
Sydney Opera House
Our return across the Harbour to the Cove was by ferry where we visited the Sydney Opera House. An Opera House guide told the story of the concept, the development and the long road to completion of this masterpiece. Sadly, the architect was dismissed before completion and returned to his native Denmark never to see the House open and performed in. We went into the larger performance area where we watched and listened to an orchestral practice session. The operas are performed in the smaller hall.
La Traviata at the Sydney Opera House
This evening we returned to the Opera House for a performance of La Traviata. Our seats were great as was the performance. After, as we were hanging outside waiting for the group to coalesce, the male star happened to walk past and stopped for photographs.
Photos at flickr.