Weather not being as great the first day – I still remain convinced that this is one of the greatest cities in the world to live in
Weather optional, fun unavoidable …
Climb a bridge – the universe will conspire to get what you really want.
Sun slightly hiding in the clouds near the end of our tour, I took one final look at the Opera house from above and smiled as we all made our way down to the base of the bridge, so thankful for this…
We made it to the base, thrilled with the experience and thinking about it, just realizing that a wonderful sunset was coming over Sydney…
- The Sydney Harbour Bridge may not be the longest steel-arch Bridge in the world, but it is the largest and widest. At 48.8 metres (151.3 feet) wide, the Guinness Book of Records lists it as the widest long span Bridge in the world and until 1967, it was Sydney’s tallest structure.
- Sydney locals refer to it affectionately as “the Coathanger” .
- The Bridge carries 8 lanes of traffic, a footpath, a cycleway and 2 train lines. The Bridge’s arch spans 503 metres (1,650 feet).
- The arch's summit is 134 metres (440 feet) above mean sea level.- that’s where we were!
- The weight of the steel arch is 39,000 tons.
- Dorman Long and Co also built The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, England. (George, looks familiar?!?!)
- The Granite structure (rock) has absolutely no usage and it for decoration purposes – it does not hold the bridge, it was more to give the people of Sydney the impression that it is solid (what!?)
- There have been more that 1000 “Will you marry me” propositions on the bride the past 10 years
- It has over 6 milion rivets on it
- Until Sep11 it was pretty easy to access it – students used to go up for drinks there…
- It weighs only 1/3 of the weight of the Opera house
- Painting maintenance has started 5 years ago and to be completed needs another 25 (!) years – now that’s a good contract
- The color of the Bridge is "Sydney bridge Gray" and you can actually ask it like that at a hardware store.
You want to propose – do it right (part I)
The coolest story I got from the guide was the one below on wedding proposals. I see the merit of asking the girl of your dreams to be with you at that place – it’s wonderful, romantic and actually you are tied up with a harness so I guess there’s nowhere to go.So the first time a guy tried to propose, he got the ring out, fell on his knees but because he was so nervous he dropped the engagement ring before managing to put it on the girl’s hand right into the busy traffic, never to be found again. So now they’ve standardized it. They have the ERD (Engagement Ring Device – I am not kidding) where the ring remains attached to the guy until it is on the girl’s finger and then is secured… Yep, welcome to Austalia
I don’t know if it is funny but story number two actually happened to our guide. So Frank is taking up about 12 people on one of the tours and one guy has already informed him that he’s planning on proposing. So he’s made sure that the couple is left as the last on the line to have “some privacy” and is also ready to take a photo of them (only the guide can carry a camera, that’s always attached to him). As the guy falls to his knees and proposes, the girls starts crying and screaming “No!” to him - the rest of the people 15 meters away looking over the whole thing...Did I tell you we are all attached on the same line? That must have been a very long (and embarrassing) way down to the base of the camp. Now you try to make that group laugh with your jokes (and not with the guy)
Talk soon! Have a great weekend!
More Sydney photos!
Kostas and Sydney sunset :-)
Sydney Girl & sunset
Meet the Sydney Greeks!!! (but that is another story!)