Coming from Christchurch, a city still a long way from being rebuilt following the series of devastating earthquakes four years ago, spending a few days in Sydney is a reminder of what a functional city looks like.
Usually we spend time with family in North Sydney around the golden sand beaches of Dee Why, Manley and Collaroy but yesterday we spent a day in the CBD. A highlight was a visit to the Queen Victoria Centre, an amazing open arcade four stories tall built in the 1890’s. It has stained glass windows, multiple café’s on every level, eclectic shops ranging from fashion to steam toys and everything in between. A feature is a massive ‘time piece’ hung from the ceiling in the shape of an extended ball, with a ship sailing around the exterior depicting early settlement scenes. I understand that it was commissioned by Queen Victoria and built by her craftsmen.
We walked through Martin Place, the scene of the recent terrorist shooting, and ended up at lunchtime in the Catholic Cathedral where worshipers were celebrating mass. As we spent a quiet 15 minutes there I reflected on what it means to be a Christian in the world today.
From there we wandered down to Circular Key, then stopped at a café on the way to the Opera House, and took a moment to watch the ferries come and go, and the crowds drift by in the afternoon sunshine.
If it wasn’t for the traffic….