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SYDNEY - The Marble Bar

Date: 10th January 2012

What a wonderful find although by accident. When I lived in Sydney in the 60's I was an actress and worked in several lovely theatres among them the Ensemble, the Philip Theatre and the Palace Theatre in Pitt Street. Someone told us that the Palace had been torn down but that some of its iconic architecture had been preserved in the basement of the Hilton Hotel in Pitt Street. So, in an attempt to recreate and introduce my son to part of my past we went to the Hilton Basement. It is nothing to do with the old Palace Theatre but it is the most magnificently opulent, turn of the last century building that you could ever hope to see.

I cannot begin to describe the fantastic marble, the carvings and the original Art Nouveau Paintings - it was like finding a seam of Gold or Opal beneath Sydney's streets. We went for a drink but stayed for a light supper and a bottle of wine. By Sydney standards, and taking into consideration the fantastic surroundings, the prices were reasonable. I am totally shocked at what everything costs but then I don't live in London and am unused to the going rates. I certainly could not afford to live here even if my son gets citizenship. I would say that, on average, everything, but everything is double the price of the UK.

And the biggrst shock of all is that in this vast wine-producing country, the product of the grape is so very pricey. If you are a visitor to Sydney and you are interested in the past and historical architecture, then a visit to the Marble Bar in the basement of the Hilton Hotel on Pitt Street is an absolute must - and do remember to take a Camera - it's stunningly beautiful. Till the next time, Jan

 

Simply cannot do the place justice but will put more photos in the gallery.

SYDNEY - The Marble Bar

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