For the last 2 days of Becky’s stay, we went to Sydney, primarily to check out VIVID! We stayed close by the quay – this was the view from our hotel room:
VIVID Sydney is in it’s 10th year this year and is a 23 day festival of light (and music, and ideas), but mostly it’s about the great lighting displays.
Our first night in Sydney, we took a Sydney harbour boat cruise to see the lights from the water.
Our second night (in the rain), we walked around the Quay and The Rocks area.
Doesn’t the Sydney Opera House look amazing (even in the rain)!
There were some great displays, but I particularly enjoyed the “Beautiful and Dangerous” display which projected magnified images of various infectious bacteria and viruses.
It was right up my alley (as a bacterial scientist) and connected with my artistic self as well.
Besides seeing VIVID, we shopped – of course (Becky was still looking for family gifts to take back to the US), we walked through the botanical gardens (and found a giant fly!)
and we visited the Art Gallery of NSW. I particularly liked this oversized Captain Cook:
I was keen to see The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries on display at the gallery. I didn’t know this was a series of 6 tapestries. They were fabulous and were made around the year 1500, by an unknown maker and rediscovered some 300 years later in the Château de Boussac in France.
It was a lovely weekend (even if Becky was a bit under the weather) and it was great to have her visiting me for the past 2 weeks.