Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photo of the Week - Breakfast on Sydney Harbour Bridge


Last Sunday, several thousand lucky people drawn from a ballot had breakfast on the Australian travel wonder of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic and transformed into a parkland of fresh grass for the picnic rugs, eskies (local slang for the portable ice boxes that keep everything cool) and baskets full of tasty pastries, juices and other breakfast goodies. I wasn't one of the fortunate few to be selected from the 195,000 entries.

Along with the breakfast, Sydney hosted its annual Seven Bridges Walk, a testing circuit of 25 kilometres around the harbour, crossing seven bridges including the Harbour Bridge and ANZAC Bridge. I completed the circuit in pouring rain, raising a couple of hundred dollars for Diabetes Australia, along with several thousand others drenched but determined participants.

Remarkably a few hours after hosting thousands of people on luscious green lawn, the bridge was again hastily converted and had traffic roaring across its eight lanes - not a blade of grass in sight.

Source: Photos

10 comments:

Vera Marie Badertscher said...

That is so cool. I'm seeing examples of bridges being closed in various places so that people can get out on them. Great idea.

Cate said...

What a great experience. Amazing that so many people turned up to share in it as well.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

I read about the picnic in our national newspaper in New Zealand. Quite amazing.

emma said...

I wonder what they took to eat on such an occassion?

BarbaraW said...

Good for you for completing the circuit, despite the pouring rain! Loved the story of the bridge closing down for breakfast - can't imagine that happening in New York City!

Heather on her travels said...

Heard about this - great idea - stop the cars and let the people enjoy!

Caitlin said...

I heard about this - sounds great!

By the way, an Esky is used as a generic word for cool boxes, but it's also a brand name.

Mark H said...

@heather: It's a great thing that they close the bridge occasionally.

@caitlin: Exactly, the ultimate in marketing is to get your brand name as the generic term.

Donna Hull said...

This is way cool. I'd much rather have breakfast on the Sydney Bridge than try to climb it.

Mark H said...

@donna: I hope to get a chance too but I think luck will play a big part as so many will enter next year.

 
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