Cupid and company: The statues of Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

This was the 4th post (Day 4) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.


5th July 2014 – Sydney, Australia (Day 4)

There was love in the cold air, so were drunken voices
Of teenage kids who made love with whiskey and coke.
Cupid called at 6. I answered. In the freezing cold,
I stepped out for a glorious sunrise with only love’s cloak.
Royal botanic gardens sydney

Cupid in all his morning-glory – Royal botanic gardens, Sydney

The kids from last night did not stop their partying throughout the night. I had given up on the beer-pong game around 2 am, but the ruckus went on throughout the night.

Few years ago, I would have joined them and taken off a piece of clothing for each time I lost at beeping, finishing almost naked somewhere in the hostel corridor at the ungodly hour of 7 am. But not now. I must be getting old. Or maybe the universe is paying me back for all the times that I meted the same treatment to other hostel mates, in the past.

So today, I slept all of 2 hours – maybe – and stepped out at a freezing 6 AM to see the royal botanic gardens in Sydney. The sunrise in Sydney was glorious, and since I began this project I have been looking for an opportunity to try all the canon lenses in one single day.

The walk from the mad monkey hostel in Kings cross, to the Royal Botanic gardens, should have taken just 30 minutes. But it took nearly an hour. Primarily because I stopped almost everywhere on my way. My walk took me past the St. Mary’s Cathedral, which I had already visited yesterday, and hence didn’t spend too much time today. I also passed by the Hyde park, which I made a mental note of to come back the following day.

I did check out Hyde park eventually! Click here to check out my pictures from this tranquil and serene park!


Further ahead, the state library of New South Wales, shined brightly in the rising sun. The building was decked in a glorious hue of Sand, and it almost came alive as the first ray of the sun fell on it, masking it in a shade of golden glory. Admission was not open at this time, so I simply took some pictures from outside, and continued my walk.

State library of New South Wales

The sun cast a beautiful light on the state library of NSW

A few minutes later, after passing a delectably-named street called Shakespeare place, I was in front of the entrance to Royal Botanic gardens!

Unknown to many, this is the oldest scientific institution in Australia, open since 1816! Spread across 30 hectares of prime land very close to the sydney opera house and the business district. 

Entering the gardens through the royal gardens, my view was captured by all the statues, shimmering away in the morning light. Straight away, there was a statue of Captain Arthur Phillip, who was the first governor New South Wales. He stood in all glory, capturing the sprawling Sydney CBD behind him.
Captain Arthur philip statue Sydney botanic gardens

Captain Arthur Philip in all his glory


Adjacent was a small fountain, which was again adorned with statues of Greek gods and goddesses. And not to forget cupid himself, who shined away beautifully, basking in the beauty of the morning rays.
Walking through the lower and the middle gardens, I reached the palace gardens which was filled with rainforest walk and the pioneer garden. And behind them all, the sydney conservatorium of music stood gloriously against the sun which was still slow on the horizon. And an unknown statue of a man and his best friend, gave a beautiful fore-drop to the beauty of the picture. 
Statues in royal botanic gardens

I have no idea which goddess is that, but she looked so elegant!


Royal botanic gardens sydney

The sun just started rising on the sydney conservatorium

After that, with the sun coming up, I slowly walked to the sydney opera house. That would have to be another post.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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