The Old Fogies go to the Sydney Opera House

Without doubt, the Sydney Opera House is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. With such a complex design, perhaps there was no surprise that the building of the Opera House was fraught with technical and political differences, so much so that Utzon resigned in 1966.It is not just the Opera House but it has a magnificent setting on Bennelong Point overlooking Sydney Harbour near to the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.The Opera House has a number of performance venues inside that put on well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than a million people. It is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia with more than eight million people visit the site each and around 350,000 visitors take the guided tour of the building each year.One of the unusual aspects of visiting the Sydney Opera House is that depending on where you are standing it can look very different, the more iconic pictures are usually from side or from the harbour. Another surprise is the size of the site, the building covers over four  acres of land and is 183 m (600 ft) long and 120 m (394 ft) wide. In front of the entrance is the Monumental Steps where thousands of visitors sit to take photographs and enjoy the view.

Going inside the building is actually quite difficult unless you are attending one of the performances or taking one of the very expensive tours. You can go into the main foyer but that is about as far as you can go. With large crowds of people we thought we would give the tour a miss and instead walk around the building to enjoy the sun, the harbour and look at the Opera House from its very different vantage points. It is one of the great delights of Sydney that you can enjoy a meal and a drink overlooking the Opera House, The Harbour Bridge and the harbour.

Old Fogies Travels are the adventures of two elderly Londoners (The Old Fogies) as they explore their home town and travel around the world looking out for the strange, unusual and absurd.

Our articles are published on our blog but also listed on the website of our friends at Visiting London here.

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