That's when we found out what was actually going on. We had texts, phone calls and facebook messages from friends and family asking if we were safe and telling us their was a hostage situation happening at the Lindt chocolate cafe on Martin Place, just a block over from where we were staying. We decided it was safest to spend the day away from this area so we walked over to Darling Harbour.
Streets blocked off.
A much needed coffee
Opposite our hotel.
We did some shopping, lots of walking and stopped for coffee at Guylian's Cafe. When it was time to collect our bags we called the hotel to check it was safe to walk back and quickly made our way back to the hotel. Our plan was to catch a taxi to the airport, unfortunately Taxi's were not allowed in and out of the city due to the seige taking place.
Ready to escape the city
It was a bit of a mission but we managed to catch a train to the airport with plenty of time to spare. We were very lucky that our flights weren't cancelled and were able to fly home at the planned time.
Hoping we got on the correct train
Watching the news coverage at the airport
Pretty decorations at the airport
Off and out of Sydney
Watching movies on the plane
I spent the rest of the night on the couch watching the news coverage in Sydney and catching up on these blog posts.
Safely home watching the news coverage.
Presents for Jeff from Haighs