Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sydney NSW

I made my first trip to Australia this past week and visited four or five neighborhoods around Sydney. Sydney is a fun city with kind of a Canada Vancouver / Victoria / Toronto feel to it, if those cities were surrounded by beaches. I was only able to visit the Sydney area, like Canada, Australia is huge and the only practical way to get from city to city is to fly and that felt like to much work. In Sydney I was able to visit the Harbor, the Rocks, Central Business District, Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Below are photos from the first two places.I think it is impossible to visit Sydney and not pass by the harbor daily, it's one of the main transit points for trains and ferries. And when you pass through here the first thing you see are the two Sydney icons; Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Below is both, seen from the 2nd floor deck of the Manly Bay ferry. Below is the Opera House seen from the same ferry, it's a really amazing structure.Below is the Opera House seen from mid-span on the bridge.It's about a 9 hour flight from Tokyo to Sydney, the JAL 771 flight lands at 6:30 in the morning and it's about a 15 minute train ride from the airport to the central business district. When I got there around 7:15 I was able to drop my stuff off the hotel and walk around a little bit. Below is me after the journey from Japan to Australia just after finding the bridge.... kind of tired.Like the Opera House, the bridge is an amazing structure.Although I think Sydney could do a better job of lighting it up at night... but maybe they are trying to save on electricity. Below is the Opera house at night, it lighting scheme is simple too...Below is the downtown skyline seen from the ferry around dusk, 5:30pm, this is more spectacular. You can see the Opera house kind of in the lower right of the photo.Behind the Harbour is a neighborhood called 'The Rocks.' It's a cool place, lots of shops, wine bars, restaurants and churches.There was even a small street fair Friday afternoon.Below is looking down on the Rocks, there is a lot of really old buildings are architecture. Between all the buildings there are hidden paths and stairways you can take to get from road to road.And the inside of buildings match the outside, everything seems to be taken well taken care of. Below is a hallway in a wine bar called Odyssey. In Sydney, bistros and bars are usually attached to hotels, below is a typical menu from Harbour View Hotel Bistro. Everything English, but it's weird that nothing on here matches the Outback menu. No Shrimp on the Barbie, and don't ask anyone "what's up with that?"And look at this, a typical tap below. No Fosters! I think the Outback has been selling us a lie for the last 20 years.Below is a view from the Harbour View Hotel. The central business district is full of parks with old old trees. I will make a few more post over the next couple of days showing other parts of the city I visited including the CBD, Bondi and Manly.

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