Christmas Eve supper in Chinatown

Thursday 24th December 2015

 

By the time we left the Botanic Gardens, our picnic lunch seemed a long time ago, and we decided to continue our wander down to Chinatown for an early supper.  This took us past the Art Gallery of NSW, which we had a brief peek inside, Hyde Park and The Anzac Memorial.

 

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales...                                                                    has an impressive marble entrance hall.

 

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Statue of Rabbie Burns in Art Gallery Road.                         The Archibald Fountain at the north end of Hyde Park.

 

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Donated by J F Archibald, an Australian Francophile, and intended to commemorate the association between Australia and France in WW1.

 

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Bullet sculpture in Hyde Park – steel and marble bullets and shells are

a tribute to indigenous servicemen in WW2.

 

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The ANZAC Memorial at the south end of Hyde Park.

 

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The ANZAC Memorial Pool of Reflection – in pretty much the same state as we saw the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington!

 

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The former Mark Foy’s Department Store.                                                          

 

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The Golden Watermouth sculpture on the corner of Hay and Sussex Street in Haymarket, the symbolic entry point to Chinatown.

 It is the trunk of a yellow-box eucalyptus tree partly covered in 23-carat gold leaf.

 

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The Dixon street Chinatown archway.

 

We wandered around taking in the sights and sounds of Chinatown before enjoying a supper of Chinese fare, before wending our weary way home.  Such a special way to spend Christmas Eve.

 

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The Christmas tree outside Customs House at Circular Quay.  It was just after 8 p.m. and it was still sunny and warm.  Were we missing the cold, dark evenings?  What do you think?

Happy Christmas everyone!