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We left for Australia on March 17, 2003 from Kansas City - Southwest Airlines to Los Angeles via Albuquerque. After a short layover, we got on a Qantas flight to Sydney. Fourteen hours in a plane is far too long, but the in-seat movies (a nice selection) and reading and sleeping got us there in no time. We landed at Kingsford Smith Airport on Botany Bay on Wednesday morning, made it through customs and hopped on a bus to take us to our hotel in downtown Sydney.

Our hotel, the ANA Harbor Grand, is located in the Rocks area, just south of the Harbor Bridge. We arrived and went up to the Executive Lounge (booking on the internet has some real advantages!). Below is a panorama looking out from the lounge. This is the view we had at breakfast every morning.

Sydney Harbor from ANA Harbour Grand Hotel

Sydney Harbour from the ANA Harbor Grand Hotel Executive Lounge - click to enlarge.

Our room was just off the lounge overlooking Darling Harbor. Check out the panorama below. Also, a picture of our hotel from the Darling Harbor side.

Darling Harbor from our room - click to enlarge.

The ANA Harbor Grand Hotel on the left.

Although quite jet-lagged, we went for a walk around Circular Quay. Below are some pictures - click on any of them for a closer view. We actually managed to stay awake for dinner at a Japanese restaurant (Unkai) in the hotel - excellent food! Then some much needed rest.

The Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Bridge from the Opera House

The Merchant's House

 

Circular Quay

 

The Sydney Opera House and a ferry.

The Sydney Opera House up close.

 

The Rocks from the hotel lounge.

The Rocks again from the hotel lounge.

The wall in the lobby of our hotel.

 

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