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Last weekend we stayed in the city and spent Friday and Saturday being tourists.  The weather wasn't perfect, but while it was a little overcast and showery, it was quite pleasant for all the walking we were doing.  Not like today, where the rain has been bucketing down all day!

2010 is the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Lachlan Macquarie in Sydney. He was the fifth governor to be sent here, and he actually requested the position. He replaced the infamous Governor Bligh (Yes, previously Captain Bligh of The Bounty). Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth stayed for 11 years and the two of them probably contributed more to the fledgling country than anyone else in our short history, most certainly they transformed Sydney from a nondescript penal colony to a thriving colonial town that was attractive to new settlers.  In celebration of this anniversary Sydney is staging Visions of Macquarie, a light show that is projected on the historic buildings which he was mostly responsible for, and which are located on a street named for him.



This is just one of the many extraordinary displays of this wonderful exhibition; it's projected onto the front of St Mary's Cathedral.



If you you would like to see more there are photos and the story behind each one here

On Saturday we visited the Art Gallery of NSW and the Australia Museum. (Well, how could I resist dropping in here?) 



Continuing our trek we wandered through the Botanic Gardens.


June sees the Biennale of Sydney taking place as part of the Vivid Festival, and there are odd little artistic installations all over the city, including this inflatable water lily in the gardens.  I can tell you the ducks did not appreciate this piece of art at all as it continually deflated and re-inflated all day long.


Catching a ferry across to Cockatoo Island there were more unusual pieces of art to be found.
  This one, I thought, was quite fun,

 but this one ...well, no thank you.

 OK this is quite impressive.

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