24 April 2019 – Sydney, Australia – Day 3 – Royal Botanic Gardens & Opera House

As per our usual habits, once we find a place we like to eat, we stick to it. Off to Starbucks again this morning to grab some breakfast, which worked perfectly as we are off to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Opera House, both in that direction.

We always seem to find something new and amusing to us.

Looks like a portable news stand. Something we would see in a movie.

And a portable fruit stand.

I have no idea why I looked over this wall, that was by the train tracks, but I did, and was shocked to see all these bikes thrown here. To me, the look like the bikes that you would rent from the city to ride around on for the day.

Is this a stone graveyard? Looks like a stone graveyard. Random stones discarded, but not disposed of.

We arrived at the Royal Botanic Gardens and went in what I think is a side entrance. Don’t recall any signs saying where we were.

Sorry to say, but the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney are a very pale comparison to the gardens in Singapore and didn’t get many great pictures.

This was a cool tree though.

They certainly have an issue with bugs eating some of their plants here. Good to see that they aren’t using insecticides though.

These must be a couple of the culprits.

This guy was making a racket in the bamboo trees. A Kookaburra! Such a beautiful looking bird. Not sure if the Aussies would think so though, as they can be pretty noisy.

From the Botanic Gardens grounds, there was certainly an amazing view of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I asked Doug is he wanted to do the bridge climb, but it was a hard “NO”!

We headed over to the Sydney Opera House which is very close to the gardens. It was difficult to get a good picture, as the sun was shining so brightly today. Have I mentioned lately how hot and humid it is? Well it isn’t! Not like SE Asia was. This is April and Australia’s fall. It was perfect weather for us and we were still in our shorts.

We did not go in it, as neither of us were interested in doing that. Maybe if Sydney had of been at the start of our trip we would have been interested in doing a tour, but not today. Next time…..maybe. Just like we didn’t get any pictures from the water side as we didn’t do a boat trip either. Next time for sure! This was the best I got for water side.

We walked along the Sydney Harbour boardwalk? I actually have no idea what this area is called.

Trying out the fish eye lens again today. I often forget I have it.

A P&O cruise ship was in port today.

Had to get this picture of the girl taking pictures of their food. Doug always thought it was weird that I take pictures of our food. I told him, some people like to see the food. Others, not so much. She was going for a real close up.

As we headed back to the hotel, we walked back through a different park of the Botanic Gardens.

We just headed back in the general direction of the hotel taking what ever street caught my fancy.

Public Library of New South Wales
Sydney Hospital

I just loved the name of this café, Legal Grounds Café

We decided to change things up today and grabbed KFC for dinner. It was HORRIBLE and so GREASY!!! Worst KFC we have ever had. My chicken fingers were the smallest I have ever seen.

Good thing we had picked up a couple of small bottles, single serving size, of Shiraz for Doug and a Cooler for me. Another quiet night in our room, me working on our blog and Doug watching whatever.

1 April 2018 – Singapore – Day 3 – Singapore Botanic Gardens

Today was the day we were going to the Botanic Gardens.  It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and I was really looking forward to this, as I love to garden. Couldn’t wait to check out all the varieties of plants there would be. We were becoming pros at taking public transport now and headed off to get the MRT.

Admission was free, except for the National Orchid Garden. Of course, I had to see the orchid garden too.

When you first enter, you find yourself in the Trellis Garden. Shade is always welcomed to us in this hot climate.

The Bougainvilleas were just stunning. So many of them, all colours and all sizes. These are one of my favorite plants.

There was a Foliage Garden with so many varieties. Not sure about this foliage, but the ‘flowers’ sure were fabulous.

They had an Evolution Garden with some primo displays.

When I was 10, I had to get my tonsils out, and the ENT doctor called me “Bees Knees” for some reason.  I have no idea why, but always remember that. Saw this sign and of course I thought of the ENT doctor. The random things I remember. We went in and had a non-alcoholic drink and a rest. I thought for sure that I had taken pictures, but once again can’t seem to find them. Maybe I am getting confused as we have been to so many places now. I definitely do remember the washrooms though as you had to walk up a staircase to get to them! Have to chuckle at their sign, Free Seating Cafe. Maybe I’m tired, but that makes me laugh.

You never know what you might see! This lady had curlers in her hair and was getting her makeup done. We have often seen photo shoots while over here in SE Asia.

We headed up to the Boardwalk through Rainforest.

That is one spikey tree that I wouldn’t want to climb!

The Orchid garden was stunning. So many varieties.

There was a special section inside, VIP Orchids

In memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

I must have taken hundreds of photos today, so here are just a few more.

We were getting tired and decided to head back. We did not see the whole Botanic Gardens, but most of it.

We took the MRT back to hotel and wanted to make a pit stop at the 7 Eleven. We should have known better than to do this. It started to absolutely pour down. Seems to rain every day around 4:00 pm. Doesn’t rain for long, but can sometimes be inconvenient, if you are out and about! Here is a random sign from the MRT


Since it was pouring down, we decided to try out a ‘shortcut’ through underground garage to get to hotel. It was a little up and down, but we made it, and we didn’t get soaked.

Once again we decided to eat dinner in the hotel at the bake & cook. The lady was getting to know us by now and gave us a couple of free Hot Cross Buns. They were delicious! We ate in our room tonight as we were pretty exhausted from our day.

That is our room. The only one with a light on, as I guess everyone else is still out and about. We old folks turn in early. A goodnight wave from Doug.