On a rainy day, we took the ferry in for a tour put on by Sydney Architecture Walks, wandering around a few modern buildings in the city’s core. Some extremely fancy government offices (third row on the right), nothing like the leaky dungeons of my workplace; a rather cool and environmentally righteous tower with sinuous atrium; a rather bland curving curtain wall by Renzo Piano, allegedly evoking the sails in the harbour; another “inside out” job by Richard Rogers. Also thrown in is a shot of Sydney’s nicely jumbled modern and Victorian buildings - makes for a surprisingly varied downtown core.
The centre of Melbourne, with skyscrapers, Victorian churches and railway stations, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, all stretching along the Yarra river. This being Australia, the river and its banks were packed with all sorts of sporty types — cyclists, joggers and rowers.
Views of Auckland from Mt. Eden, one of the city’s many volcanos, including Eden Park, the home of the All Blacks.
A ferry-ride to Davenport, a rather cute Victorian suburb on the north shore of Auckland Harbour.
Auckland is pretty much deserted between Christmas and New Year. And what with the ocean views, superyachts, and harbourfront drinking, you can see why the residents all flee this urban hellhole.
Napier was flattened in 1931 by an earthquake, and completely rebuilt in an Art Deco style.