Urban Landscapes down under


No visit would be complete without a shot of the Opera House. Though beautiful, the story of its construction is sad.  The Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who was forced in 1966 to withdraw as chief architect before completing the interior.  He left Australia with his family and never returned to see his masterpiece.  Jorn Utzon was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2003.

We covered a lot of territory walking through the botanical gardens, out from King’s Cross to Paddington (no bears, oh my!) , past the Rugby and football stadiums and beyond.  (We did not pay $388 to walk up over the bridge superstructure at sunset.)

The building with the mural was across from one of several cafe stops, @ Cafe Con Leche.     In the Rock neighborhood where we stayed, many of the two story houses with iron balcony railings are being renovated and low income housing lost.  Gentrification hits again.



About Whittoons

Cartoonist, and community organizer who has covered the globe as a doodlebugger, gandydancer, supernumerary steward, Able Bodied Seaman, Wireman, monkey man, Night Baker and dishwasher, Hobo, hitchhiker and husband.
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