After wandering around cities from Auckland to Marrakesh today I walked across the Sydney CBD from Potts Point to the S H Ervin Gallery to see the Salon des Refuses.
The boot camp still operated on McElhone Steps from Potts Point down to Woolloomooloo. Press ups at the bottom of the steps then the participants ran/puffed up the steps with the encouragement of the trainer, who stayed at the bottom.
The first change I noticed was the removal of the fence at Woolloomooloo near Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. New seats have been installed so now we can enjoy a pie with an uninterrupted view of the harbour.
It is always a risk walking up the steps beside the Art Gallery of NSW as one usually has to negotiate a boot camp then the lunch time joggers on Art Gallery Rd.
There was a group of small school children eating lunch in the Domain with coffee drinkers, more joggers and a team of footballers.
Then passed the State library of NSW and another exhibition to visit next time.
Groups of language students/tourists with clip boards in hand were taking notes in O’Connell St and Australia Square.
Then a new food court under the Wintergarden building.
I have often gone on free walking tours in other cities but it had never crossed my mind that I could also do this in my home city.
He told me that often Sydneysiders went on his tour and ended saying they saw bits of Sydney they did not know about. Free Sydney
Then up Jamison St and a building I had not previously seen as I guess I had never really looked up.
Finally a sign I was arriving and another group running up the Agar Steps and then immediately back down again.
No photos were allowed in the Salon des Refuses Exhibition but some very interesting pictures which to my untutored eye could easily been part of the Archibald finalists.
A walk back to the city passed this monument in York St. I wonder if any politicians would have this said about them today.
The Spring Flower Show in David Jones Department Store.
Perhaps a walk of being a tourist in my city should become a regular activity.