Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Through my bedroom window

Every morning when I wake up, I look through my window and this is what I see. I promise it's true. What's the story there? Ha, I'll tell you one day, but not now. I'll let you think about it first and enjoy the photo...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Do it now !!

Saw this sign yesterday in front of an Oxford Street bookshop: "Do it now !! There may be a law against it tomorrow."
Oxford street boasts a large number of gay cafés, bars and nightclubs (have a closer look at the magazines on the left). I enjoyed the message. A reminder that freedom should never be taken for granted... Visit Elizabeth’s bookshop here.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Secret garden

Where is this garden located? Somewhere between Darlinghurst and Edgecliff I believe, or perhaps further on near Bellevue Hill, I'm not sure. In the hills out there, the streets wind in most unexpected ways, I got lost. It was hot and way past midday when I finally got out of the maze. So this sunny garden lives in a haze of mystery. If not for the photo, I could have thought I had only dreamed it...

Bondi, finishing line

City to Surf, finishing line. It took just 40 mns for the winner to arrive in Bondi Beach. I got there three hours later, in time to witness the finish of this young man in a wheelchair. His friends' cheers were heart-warming. No record broken here but quite an achievement nonetheless: the 14 km run, which includes the infamous 'heartbreak hill', is very hilly.
Meanwhile, the red cap crowd has spread like a scarlet tsunami onto the beach, lawns and streets of Bondi. In the pubs, beer flows freely. Let's put it kindly, this is not my style. I race out of there.

Winter migration

Each year in August, Sydneysiders take to the streets en masse and rush to the sea. This winter migration is called the City to Surf or City2Surf . This year, 65 000 people of all ages in red caps felt the urge to run. I found a fantastic vantage point to view the race start, perched up on a fence in the middle of William Street. Can you imagine how it feels to see thousands of people rush towards you? I remained trapped on my refuge island for 20 mns, so dense was the flow ! Tomorrow, I'll show you the other end of the race, in Bondi Beach. Tip: click on the photo to enlarge it, it's the only way to fully appreciate it.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Daffodil Day

Yesterday in the city I saw quite a lot of people wearing a yellow flower on their lapel. It was Daffodil Day - buy a daffodil (or even a whole bunch of them) and support cancer research. This photo was taken on Darling Harbour around 2 pm. Passers-by were few and far between, but the bright glow of the daffodils made my day...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Day One, Sunrise

A daily snap of Sydney... How to pick the first? Keep it simple, go for the obvious. The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge all in one, on a cool winter morning... (August is winter here, remember?) It took an early start to be there at sunrise, but I got my reward: see how the sun lights up the bridge from underneath, detailing the structure?