What I Did on My Autumn Vacation, Episode 1

So I’m back after three and a half weeks of being a tourist in the lands down under (Australia and New Zealand). I kept a journal during my time abroad and took a ridiculous 7,000 photos…however, eventually the reason for that will become clear. Feel free to read for enjoyment or just look at the pretty pictures. I will not post all 7,000. (You’re welcome.)

Where I Went

I was going to do this chronologically, but that would take forever. I’ll share my itinerary, then focus on the pretty.

Australia

Melbourne
Alice Springs
Yulara/Uluru/Ayers Rock
Cairns
Sydney

New Zealand

Auckland/Matamata
Rotorua
Christchurch
Franz Josef
Queenstown

…with a few days after the tour to hang out with friends in the Auckland suburbs. You can look up all that stuff on a map as you see fit. Most people just want to see the pictures, I’ll stick with those, posting things by subject matter.

Architecture

The urban architecture in Australia was a pleasant surprise–a mix of old and new, like most cities, but the new stuff was interesting and often audacious.

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The tall building at left is the Crown Casino, a six(!)-star property with a minimum bet of $10,000 (AUS) and a penthouse valued at $120M.
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Office(?) building in Melbourne
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Apartment(?) building in Melbourne. The skyscraper in the background is pretty nifty, too.
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Apartment(?) building, Melbourne
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Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
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Crown Plaza (tour hotel in Melbourne) seen from the across the street.
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ANAZC Bridge, Sydney
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Office(?) building, Sydney
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Apartment(?) building, Sydney
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Office(?) building, Sydney
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Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House
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Sky Tower, Auckland
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Office(?) building, Auckland
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Pedestrian bridge, Auckland
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Pedestrian bridge, Auckland

My apologies for all the question marks here; I was taking pictures of random buildings on our bus tours, and not all of them were called out or explained. Others, such as the Sydney Opera House, have probably been photographed as much as Disney World. Architecture is three-dimensional, art designed to contain specific functions, and the folks in Australia and New Zealand, to their credit, have built some great ones. I would have posted more, but the Photos app on my Mac decided to wait until I actually needed to show pictures to crash on me.

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