Sight Seeing in Sydney

Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
Trip End Nov 29, 2008

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Aimee!!!!!!!!

I don't normally do birthday shout outs but it is Aimee's 18th Birthday so a HUGE hug coming your way xxxxxxxxxx

Anyway.. hello peoples

So after the Christmas shenanigans.. Katie, Sharon and I decided to head into the city to do a bit of sightseeing and get some pics, so we jumped on the bus and headed into the city. We went off to Paddy's Market, which is absolutely massive and all inside a huge building. The upstairs is dedicated to food where you can taste anything from Sushi to sandwiches to full roast dinners to the classic takeaways such as McDonalds!! We all opted for Sushi and relaxed for a bit before heading into the hustle and bustle of the market. I've never seen anything like it! They people on the market expect you to haggle so by the time you leave, you feel like you got a bargain but your throat kills.. so you have to spend all that saved money on iced tea to soothe it!! haha! It's a brilliant experience though, getting me ready for those markets in Asia!

After the markets we headed towards the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.. stopping quickly for ice-cream! It was another boiling hot day though!!

We walked down passed The Rocks, which is a popular area with bars, restaurants, shops, art galleries and even holds arts & crafts markets on Saturdays and Sundays ( ). The Opera Quays is the walk way to the Opera House, it has a handful of shops, some restaurants overlooking the Harbour Bridge and even a cinema! We stopped for a drink in a bar, they had one of those Minus 5 degree bars upstairs which I really want to go to but we were running out of time so had to leave it for today.
We posed for pics in front of the Harbor Bridge and watched some crazy people walking over it!! We could see some of the firework display being set up and got all excited about New Years!!!

I didn't really understand why the Harbour Bridge is so famous to be honest, so I was asked some of the locals and all they could come back with was.. "because it looks like a coat hanger". Errr yeah. Go figure. Anyway, I then found out its the widest long-span bridge in the world. And it's the highest apparently.

We then headed down towards the Opera House, stopping along the way to pose for pics and then walking all the way around it towards the botanical gardens, which is where we are going to try and get to on New Years Eve. The botanical gardens are behind the Opera House on the river so you can see across to the Harbour Bridge as well.. should be a good location. Absolutely no chance of getting anywhere near the Opera House unless we want to camp out the night before!!!

The Opera House is amazing, in every sense of the word. Without sounding like a complete idiot.. I actually got a bit emotional when I first saw it. It's such an international icon though and it was just so surreal to be standing outside it. It looks beautiful lit up at night, although apparently they used to light it up with all different colours, now it's just plain white lights but it still looks breathtaking.

Sydney centre is nothing like I expected it to be. It's not too dissimilar to London in the respect that it has really classy area's, lavish restaurants and huge designer shops.. but also small boutiques, cafe's and markets. The transportation in the city is pretty good, they have a monorail, a tram, busses and an underground system (which granted, doesn't really spend too much time underground)!! And it's relatively clean! The underground was slightly confusing but they have the double-decker trains which was a bonus... simple things please me. There is so much to see and do in Sydney, you could happily just walk around all day. There are some beautiful parks in the centre as well, littered with students and backpackers. All the houses seem to be three story town houses with a little balcony off the second floor. They are all painted different colours.. it kind of reminds me of an old seaside town back in England.

I could easily fall in love with Sydney and can completely understand why backpackers get stuck here. I guess it would be really hard to save money as well once here, it's not cheap by any means and so backpackers fly in.. love it.. spend too much and then cant leave as they've run out of money!! As much as I love it here though, its not the sort of place I would like to work. I think a city this big would be too daunting. I guess that's why I loved Brisbane when I first got there.. a hint of city life without getting completely lost in the hustle and bustle. Brisbane now bores me! Over it!!

Anyway, after all the excitement of seeing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge we grabbed another much needed calypso and headed back to Coogee to have some dinner and then hit the town again!!!

Another brilliant day and night in Sydney.. I don't want to head back to Bris-Vegas!!

Much love
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