After returning the camper to the hire centre the last ten days of our trip flew by. We spent three days wandering the city streets of Sydney buying souvenirs, gifts and seeing the sights. We spent a wonderful day with some of Niki’s distant family, one of whom she had not seen for 54 years since her young days growing up in Kenya. They lived in a beautiful house on a small island called Scotland Island. There are only about 300 houses on the island, those on the waters edge worth a fortune, but set up on the next level where were entertained to me was much better. The house was set in amongst trees and scrubs, almost a jungle, the atmosphere amazing. There is a taxi boat to and from the island but most of the residents have their own boats. It was a day to remember, one of so many from our time down under.
We also visited Cockatoo Island, which was used in the recent film “Unbroken”. Marco the son of Niki’s next door neighbours whom she has known from a young boy has opened a bar on the island. Marco has made a fortune opening bars and setting others up for other people in Australia and America. The one on Cockatoo Island is a huge success with over a thousand visitors a day in the summer season.
There are a large number of Italians in Sydney and as you would expect there are a large number of Italian restaurants and pizzerias to cater for them offering a taste of home. We went with Niki’s son Nicolai and his partner Yama and some friends to a superb pizzeria and enjoyed one of the best pizza’s I have tasted and an antipasti selection to die for.
All good things must come to an end and before we knew it the time had come to pack our suitcases to come home. An early morning flight meant ordering a taxi for 3am to take us to Sydney International Airport. After getting a tax refund on some of our purchases we boarded the flight to Dubai where we had a three hour stopover before taking our onward flight back to Rome.
It had been a fantastic holiday and certainly wetted my appetite to return to see more of this fascinating country.
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