This is my last night at the quirky and frankly brilliant Collectionist Hotel, so it’s fitting I begin by showing you some of the things that make this place so nice.
I’ve just left “happy hour” — a three hour evening ritual, where the staff put on complimentary drinks and nibbles for guests. I’m normally too introverted for anything like this, but I as arrived home, the lovely young man who has organised my late check-out offered me a drink, and it would have been rude to refuse. It’s a very nice beer (above) for anyone who’s interested.
In general I’m not a fan of Nespresso machines — or of any device that relies on single-use consumables. But, I have to admit, having one in my room has been brilliant. The coffee is really very good. And the little cup — which looks like a disposable — is ceramic.
Even better though is the presence of a jar of loose tea and a pot to make it in!! So much nicer than teabags.
My day has involved lots of art, lots of walking, and too much food (including some breakfast banana bread also provided by the hotel).
I’ve been to the Modern Art Museum and to the NSW Art Gallery. As with any gallery, there is much to love and a lot that I just don’t connect with.
I’ve realised from my photos on this trip, that I am more and more interested in three-dimensional art that works with the human form. My Bondi photos show this, and it was reinforced at the NSW Art Gallery tonight.
Walking, Wei Wang: seen at Sculpture by the Sea, Bipondi.
Shifting Horizons, April Pine. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
The English Channel, Michael Parakowhai. NSW Art Gallery
Veiled Female Bust, Agathon Leonard, NSW Art Gallery
I like Sydney. It is in a beautiful location. There are so many places to eat. Public transport is frequent, reliable and seems affordable. People are really friendly, and everywhere you go there are directional signs with destinations and distances — for pedestrians and cyclists.
But: it is a city that seems to be “under construction.” Everywhere I look there are building sites and cranes and people in hard-hats. That means it is also very, very noisy. More than the traffic and the planes overhead, the sounds of construction are relentless.
Snapshot of development: the view from Pyrmont Bridge.
I have totally loved my time here, but I am looking forward to going home tomorrow.