First stop: Watson Bay. Mum wanted to see The Gap, which is these two stone cliffs that you can go on and look out at sea. According to her convicts used to go and stand on those, and looking out at the ocean, it would really hit them that it's next to impossible to escape, so (you guessed it) they would commit suicide by jumping into the ocean. Apparently it still is a prime spot for people looking to commit suicide, because there's a couple of signs telling you there's hope and there's help, and there's a telephone booth with two buttons: one for emergency services, one for Lifeline.
It really is a beautiful place and my descriptions does it no justice at all.
|This is how we got up to the platform on the cliff|
|I thought that was cute|
|A panoramic view|
The beach is across from The Gap, less than a kilometre away. I wanted to eat some seafood there, but there was a line and Mum and Grandma told me not to :( I found this on the beach though.
|Fairly typical Australian beach/bay|
There's so much that I couldn't have learnt from the Internet because I wouldn't have known to look for it (one of the failings of the Internet is that you have to know what to look for, it's hard to get to the unknown unkowns: the things you don't know you don't know). I didn't get many pictures because I was following the tour guide, but it was so worth it. I want to write down everything I remember from what the guide said, but I'll do that in a separate post.
Vaucluse House is brilliant, and if you're even remotely interested in the history and customs of early Australian settlers or Victorian era-ish English customs, definitely find time to go have a look. Make sure you do follow a tour guide though, it makes a huge difference.
What photos I did manage to take:
|Servants' wing or something: that stove was actually burning wood|
|Frontal view of Vaucluse House, the inside looks much better|
The experience was, well, underwhelming would be the word. I remembered it being a lot better. It had been in a bigger shop front in a very nice and secluded neighbourhood, and now it's in a little side alley that I wouldn't have been able to find if I hadn't asked a local. I wanted waffles or crêpes, but the machine was broken, so that was that. I chose one that gave me a choice of 6 flavours of ice cream with chocolate sauce, crushed nuts, banana and whipped cream all in a nice glass bowl. The ice cream wasn't bad, but it was just, you know, ice cream, nothing spectacular. It had something to do with atmosphere as well, the adults that were there with me were not very into it at all, I think it might be a lot better if I went with friends.
The family friend who took my Mum and I there the first time was an illegal immigrant that got deported back to Malaysia, and a year (or two) ago he died there. I didn't really think about that when I was there, Mum might of, and I don't even know if Grandma knows he took us there before (she probably does). Not sure what I think or feel about that.
Last thing on the itinerary for the day was crabs at a Chinese restaurant at Flemington, inside a pub. Pretty good day on the whole, and a lot of fun.
|Fairly ordinary restaurant, notice that again, the colour scheme does not step beyond the usual Chinese restaurant palette of brown, black, red, white|