Happy New Year!
Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
80Trip End Apr 14, 2006
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We left a bit late (we would never be able to get ready that quickly) and walked all the way up to Botanical gardens. It was a long way! Lots of the roads were closed, and there were thousands and thousands of people just milling towards circular quay. We finally found the entrance after some confusion, and, feeling very exclusive, walked through the Botanical gardens (they were closed to all those who didnt have a ticket) and up to our 'lawn with a view'
Theres only so much you can do while sitting on a hill in the dark, so I played on my mobile while mum got more and more bored. 12pm finally arrived, and along with the million other people in our area counted down the 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... HAPPY NEW YEAR! They gave us 10 seconds to say our 'happy new years' (and throw streamers in mum and my case) before the fireworks began. They were the best 10 minutes of fireworks I've ever seen- one after the other, never letting up, each more spectuacular than the last. But the best bit had to be the fireworks on the bridge. At one point then had flares shooting down into the water, short fireworks lighting up the bridge itself, and the sky so lit up the bridge looked about twice the height! To go with the theme, there was a big pulsating lit up heart in the centre, that emitted a beam that went round and round, changing colours all the time. The sky got really smokey too! There was a lovely tall ship (which made me think of Grandpa) all lit up with fairy lights seemingly over every single part of it.
We walked back through the crowds (dont get me wrong- these streets were wide and they were still packed completely) to our hotel, before having quite an early night (considering it was NYE) ready for our long day tomorrow.