Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Melbourne Cup!

Final clean-up before the crowds arrive: today is Melbourne Cup, Australia's most famous horse race. Even though the race takes place in the rival city of Melbourne, it's a major event in Sydney too. At lunch time, restaurants, clubs, bars and pubs will pack with punters eating and drinking in the wait for the big start at 3pm. Then all eyes will turn to the big screens and the whole city will come to a halt... until we have a winner and then it'll be time to drink some more, either to celebrate or to drown your sorrows !!!

Vite un dernier coup de ménage, aujourd'hui c'est la Melbourne Cup, la plus célèbre course de chevaux d'Australie. Bien qu'elle se déroule à Melbourne, la ville rivale, la Coupe est un énorme évènement à Sydney. A midi, tous les restaurants, bars, pubs et clubs vont se remplir de parieurs qui boiront et mangeront joyeusement jusqu'au départ de la course à 15h. Alors la ville entière s'arrêtera et tous les yeux se tourneront vers les grands écrans... jusqu'à ce qu'on ait un gagnant et alors on boira encore, soit pour fêter ça, soit pour noyer sa déception...

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12 comments:

Cristina said...

Hi Nathalie! Your blogsite is exceptional! I enjoy your artistic touch. Thanks for your kind comment on mine.

Gail's Man said...

Nice photo of one of the boutique hotels in the Rocks. I've not stayed there, but apparently it's a very good one. They keep their front door clean at any rate.

Lachezar said...

Such a good catch!
And, my horse (Mandela)lost :(

Kris said...

oh, its like world cup again !

Sally said...

Phooey - I lost my millions (well $40!) YET AGAIN!

michael said...

A great little 'otel - do you know it well?

Kate said...

Great capture of both the hotel and the worker!

Zsolt72 said...

ohhh..I didnt know that horse race is so popular in Australia. The photo is wonderful...this is a real timeless photo.

Olivier said...

Bravo nathalie, ta photo est geniale, bravo pour ton coup d'oeil.
la ville s'arrete vraiment pour une course de chevaux ?


Cheer Nathalie, your photograph is brilliant, cheer for your glance. the city really stopped for a horse-race ?

Ben said...

Excellent!
Grate way to express cup day in different angle (I meant, not the race it self).

bv said...

Yes Olivier, at 3.00pm everything stops for the race all around the country, it's amazing. And you should see the crowd of girls in the pubs wearing incredible hats and expensive gowns betting, cheering and drinking. It is something!

Oui Olivier, à 15h tout s'arrête dans le pays, c'est unique. Et tu verrais toutes ces filles super fringuées dans les pubs portant des chapeaux incroyables, pariant et criant avec une coupe à la main, quand ce n'est pas une bière. C'est un spectacle!

Curly said...

Hi Nat,

doesn't this look curiously like most English pubs on Grand national day!

Curly's Photoshop