Today, weather permitting, we have decided to visit a couple of attractions that are quite close to our hotel, “The Park Royal” on Darling Harbour. We have decided to visit Paddy’s Market and the wonderful Chinese Garden. We had a leisurely breakfast in the hotel today as it was Sunday and we do not have very far to walk. The weather was dry to start with, but with showers forecast, I decided to borrow another umbrella from the hotel and we set off for the market.
The sun started to shine as we made our way on foot and I began to use the umbrella as a sunshade. We reached the famous market after a ten minute walk along roads thronged with people enjoying a Sunday morning in Sydney. The market is huge with many hundreds of stalls selling almost everything you could ever possibly need and more besides. Margaret needed a scarf to wear in the evenings and she quickly found a stall selling what she was looking for and purchased a new scarf at a very reasonable price.
We wandered around taking in the atmosphere and marvelling at the huge range of goods on display for sale. The interesting thing that strikes you about ”Paddy’s Market” is that the stallholders are mainly of Chinese and Oriental extraction. I think this was a wonderful contradiction in our expectations, until one realises that “Paddy,” must have been a very shrewd Irishman who set the whole thing up.
I needed a new chain for my St Christopher pendant and I purchased one from a very personable and friendly Oriental lady. I also bought a very nice blue Opal stone set in a pendant on a silver chain for Margaret as a souvenir of a wonderful week in Sydney. I like buying light blue colour for her as I think she has such beautiful light blue eyes.
The gardens are absolutely beautiful, restful, with plenty of seats located in some wonderfully strategic spots where one can enjoy peace, tranquillity and calmness. After the hustle and bustle of the dynamic Sydney streets and the commercial bartering in Paddy’s Market it was pure heaven on earth. The wonderful Australian birdlife was in evidence, with about a dozen or more resident Ibis, some perched on weeping willow trees and many mynah birds were flying here there and everywhere. Ducks were swimming in the many pools that were located throughout the garden, some of the larger pools were home to some very big and beautifully marked golden Koi carp, swimming in shoals of about a dozen looking for food.