31 May 2013
Bondi Beach (pronounced "BON-die" -- not BON-dee) is just a short train and bus ride from Sydney, and is part of our same daily bus/train/ferry pass.
since the weather forecast is for "rain developing" on Saturday and
rain all day on Sunday, we thought we should take advantage of the sunny
day and spend it outdoors.
is famous for surfing, although there are actually better surfing
beaches along the Pacific Coast - it's just that Bondi is easier to
And there's the famous "Bondi Rescue," a TV show about the life guards of Bondi Beach.
think there's even a TV show called "Bondi Vet," about a very
photogenic vet who treats the usual pets and also has been involved in
wildlife rescue on the beach. Australian telly at it's greatest, y'know
At any rate, Bondi is a
lovely beach, some 800 meters of golden sand and deep turquoise water, a
perfect crescent with a boardwalk, and a town catering to swimmers,
surfers, and tourists.
all that publicity, no one ever mentions the mosaics of Bondi - and
they are phenomenal! All the benches, tables, and planter seating areas
along the waterfront are covered in some of the most gorgeous mosaics
I've seen in a long long time! Tiny pieces of tile and glass have been
cut and matched in gradations of color to create incredibly lifelike
portrayals of the history, culture, development, and natural resources
of Bondi. I couldn't find any information about the artist(s) who
created this series of murals, so I'm not sure who deserves the credit -
but they truly were gorgeous!
I also really like the dolphin
sculpture - which was beautifully rendered - and made even funnier
because the shadow looks more like a shark than a dolphin, almost as if
he is dreaming about or pretending to be a mean and speedy shark, rather
than the fun-loving dolphin!
So the sun shone, the water
sparkled, the surfers waited for their perfect waves (looking somewhat
like pods of deformed dolphins as they sat on their boards waiting and
waiting). We walked along the road, then back on the boardwalk, and had
a wonderful lunch at a Hungarian restaurant. Richard had chicken soup
with noodles, and I had the chicken soup with matzah balls. (We're
still fighting the colds from Singapore, so we needed some Jewish
penicillin, like our mothers used to make.) We chatted with the Italian
barista, French waiter, and fellow customer from Oklahoma who settled
in Bondi back in the 1960s. It was a lovely and relaxing lunch.
By late afternoon the waves
picked up, and more surfers were out there showing their stuff. It
seemed as if the better surfers were the young kids, although we did see
one or two people in our age group out there too. And, with patience, I
was able to get a few decent shots before the surfers inevitably wiped
We headed back in to Sydney
for the Vivid Sydney events - and I'm sorry to report that my camera
takes horrible night photos. The Opera House "painted" with projected
images was just amazing - various community artists put together imagery
that moves and segues into other images and acts like a giant
kaleidoscope, with the "slideshow" projected onto the Opera House and
numerous buildings in the harbour area. IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! The
images flowed across the shells of the Opera House turning it into a
video game, a source of flowing water, a dancing diva, putting the
performance inside onto the outside, back into a bouncing game, then
into blinking lights a la Vegas - and that was just one night! Each
night is supposed to be different!
buildings had rotating light shows, flying origami birds, pulsating
lights - and the Museum of Contemporary Art had a dazzling light show,
with bouncing cubes and flowing building blocks that would swoop and
swarm, then fall to the "ground" and build back up.
The only installation I was able to somewhat photograph was the lit up apples - and they really were other-worldly!
- my apologies for the lack of photos for this part of the blog, and
here's the link to Vivid Sydney, so you can see some photos as well as
the schedule of events (with fireworks every Saturday night): http://www.vividsydney.com/
from Saturday, 1 June - it was a grey day, so we headed out to Newtown,
the funky and alternative town/neighborhood not far from us. We had a
nice time wandering around, having a great lunch, window shopping,
browsing bookstores, thought about a movie but the timing was bad,
played a few pokies (slot machines), and eventually had dinner and
gelato. It started raining in earnest by mid-afternoon, and seems as if
Sunday will be rainy as well.
Winter may truly be here.