Friday, February 3, 2012

Royal Automobile Club

It was like stepping back in time, where we stayed at the Royal Automobile Club, while in Sydney. 
The evening we arrived, we walked along the red carpet, and felt like how movie stars must feel, going to a special event. Only to be told that a wedding was taking place later on. 
Well it seemed special while it lasted and we were free to dream.

Situated right near Circular Quay, we looked out towards the busy harbour with boats coming and going all the time and the trains rumbled along the tracks close by  and we could see the Harbour bridge out the window,  this was a fun place to stay .
Double glazed glass is wonderful, making our bedroom very quiet, with all the noise going on outside.

Come inside and I will show you around... the grand lounge was magnificent and I  loved the sparkly chandelier and the gorgeous glass dome ceiling
The photos really do not this gorgeous place justice, as everything was so ornate and on a grand scale.
Here is the elaborately adorned ceiling which I think looked like it may have been made from pressed tin.
Next I will show you the reading room and a few more photos, from around Sydney.

I am now going to go back, to  stripping some more of the old wallpaper off the lounge walls. When we did the wallpapering all those years ago, we made sure that it was going to last and stay put!

Happy weekend, dear friends


  1. Oh, wow, how beautiful!!! Such grandeur *sigh*

    Ha ha, well, you did a great job putting the wallpaper up!! Stripping wallpaper is not fun . . . but it will be well worth it once you get it off and paint!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  2. Oh, I am KNOW it has to be a BEAUTIFUL PLACE DEAREST!!!! I see things that take my breath away,but my camera cannot capture. But our hearts are the best cameras that record such inspiration!! Thank you for visiting me. Anita

  3. Great !
    Best regards from Paris,


  4. It looks absolutely stunning! Too bad a wedding took place that evening. Although it seems like you got quite the eyefull :) xoxo

  5. Dear Carolyn,
    what a beautiful house and place!

    Have a happy weekend, my friend!
    Sending love and hugs

  6. Dearest Carolyn,

    What a joy to read that you have stayed there! On Monday, August 30, 1993 we had dinner there with friends. That trip we made because Pieter did lecture at the Conference Centre in Darling Harbour. The Royal Automobile Club is at 89 Macquarie Street in Sydney...
    Thanks for bringing back fond memories from Sydney!!!
    Love to you,


  7. So nice places you visit, always exciting to see your photos.
    Happy weekend

  8. It must be a fantastic place to visit!
    hope you are feeling much better
    and getting ready to enjoy a
    beautiful week end:))best wishes*
    your*visit* always a pleasure...

  9. It looks wonderful Carolyn!

    So glad you enjoyed your weekend in Sydney.
    Now back to reality I guess if you're stripping wallpaper!!

    Wishing you a relaxed Waitangi weekend - hope it's sunny and NOT windy!


  10. Hi dear Carolyn!

    Such lovely pics. I'm so sorry I missed your stay in Sydney - I've been away from my computer (my lifeline to the outside world!)

    Hope the decorating's going well and you can have a rest this weekend!


    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  11. It looks such a magnificent place to stay. You both would have felt very special. Thanks for the photos.

  12. Hello, Draffin Bears.

      The coldest winter will be melted by your warm heart.
      The works gently accept all visitors.

      I praise your creative art sense.
      The prayer for all peace.
      Have a good weekend.
    From Japan, ruma ❃

  13. What a beautiful place to visit !! your pictures!!...happy

  14. Beautiful picture's, it looks great!
    greetz from a white Holland,

  15. Happy Weekend. Thanks for taking me on your tour of Sydney.
    Love and hugs and smiles across the miles.
    Love Jeanne

  16. Ah, what a wonderful place to visit and the chandelier and dome ceiling are beautiful.

    You are lucky to visit such a grand building in Sydney.
    I expect quite a few famous people have stayed there too!

    Thank you for sharing lovely images of your travels.

    Have a great weekend,
    Jo. xx

  17. Well, the photos are gorgeous, and if you say they do not do the place justice, then WOW! I think I could have stayed indoors all day just to stare at that ceiling.

    Good luck with the wallpaper. Put some muscle into it! :)

  18. Oh my, were spoiled! What a lovely place...I love stained glass and that chandelier is gorgeous! you must have felt like a queen. So glad you had such a lovely time.
    I feel you pain...taking down wallpaper is such a job...I'll be doing that later this spring. The end result will be worth all of your work.

    Have a happy weekend!
    Nancy xo

  19. Happy Anniversary Carolyn. I was thinking about you yesterday. Oh Sydney, I love it there, and that hotel is stunning. I read your first post and I love your photographs. Have a wonderful weekend.


  20. It certainly is a beautiful place. No doubt your anniversary was extra special. Have a great weekend. Tammy

  21. Ciao cara.

    Grazie delle belle fotografie.

    Ho vissuto con te un attimo di queste meraviglie su cui hai accentrato l'attenzione.

    Baci di cuore.

    Kisses and HUGS! ;o) NI

    Have a nice w.e!

  22. Happy Anniversary! Oh, Carolyn, what a glamourous place!! And perfect for an anniversary.. I guess if you can't get to Paris for the weekend, this is the next best, huh? [ but let's TRY TO GET TO PARIS, OKAY???? :)))}

  23. Wow - we should have arranged to meet you there - looks well swank!
    (never been myself)
    Hope you enjoyed your brief stay - you got the only glimmer of sun we've had for weeks (1 hot morning then constant rain since you left)
    Love to take a ferry ride to your part of the world soon

  24. Carolyn, This place is absolutely gorgeous and I can only imagine what it must be like to see in person and/or actually stay there!!!! What a treat that would be.

    I so like the colors in the ceiling and that chandy is out of this world beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing this with me in cyberspace.
    Always a treat to hear from you,

  25. Hello, Carolyn.

    You have a very beautiful blog! It is a wonderful place to visit. I love the ceiling and hanging lamp.
    Thank you for your visit my world and joining me. I love Victorian arts too!


  26. Dear Carolyn
    What a beautiful place and photos!!! You lucky lady you... So happy you enjoyed your stay.
    Thank you so much for wandering over to meet Mick...
    Enjoy your weekend

  27. Hi Carolyn, What a treat to stay in such an elegant place – the view must have been mesmerizing. And then to return to stripping wallpaper – well, that's how life goes, isn't it? :) Hoping this finds you very well and taking a relaxing break now and then from the renovations. xo – g

  28. Dear Carolyn
    Wow.... what a beautiful place!
    Thank you very much for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy Sunday and a good start in the new week.
    Hugs Yvonne

  29. Oh my! It looks absolutely gorgeous Carolyn ..... And to arrive to a red carpet welcome ( albeit for some-one else ) you must have felt very special. I'm so pleased you had such a wonderful time in beautiful Sydney...keep safe xx

  30. What a gorgeous hotel! Why is it called the Royal Automobile Club? The fancy filigree on the ceiling especially delights me to see!!! So thank you for taking us along.
    I think the red carpet is always waiting for you, Carolyn!!


  31. It must have been an unforgettable stay, that ceiling with the chandelier is amazing;)
    Enjoy your summer Carolyn and send us some warm sunshine please;))

  32. beautiful!Have a nice evening!

  33. What an amazing locale!
    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics, darling!


  34. What a lovely place to stay!

    Pomona x

  35. So glad you had a lovely trip. I hope I have the opportunity to visit Australia one day. And you're right that the camera just doesn't do justice to some extraordinarily beautiful things - even nature. Some things we just have to enjoy in our hearts. And thanks for your well wishes for my mom. Tough weekend, but time heals most things so I'm hopeful she'll feel better soon.
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  36. Hi Carolyn, WOW what a beautiful and grand place to stay. I love your pics. You always take the best pictures.
    I have been meaning to ask you how you have been feeling since you had swollen glands?
    Also, I am so enjoying the thank you gifts you sent to me. Thank you again so much.

    Well I hope the wallpaper removal goes quickly, buy it does not sound like it? I have been there and I know it is an awful job. But the outcome when you are finished will be fantastic. Have fun!

    Big hugs for a great week.
    Celestina Marie

  37. Dear Carolyn
    Thank you very much for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a good start in the new week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland.
    Hugs Yvonne

  38. WOW, Carolyne, this looks like the perfect place to celebrate! Beauty is always so uplifting. I hope it carries you into a lovely week ahead sweet one!

  39. This is really a beautiful place!have a nice week!Dorota

  40. Oh my gosh is that stunning! You visit the most wonderful places!


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