In and around Sydney Australia

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Down town Sydney as seen from the Opera House

During our trip to Australia we spent six days in and around Sydney visiting such sites as The Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbor and North Sydney.

The city it self reminds me of Toronto Canada.  While it is not a huge city, by US standards, it is clean and easy to get around.

We stayed in two locations during our visit.  First, at the Sebel Hotel located under the Harbour Bridge at Dawes Point.  This 4 star hotel is located on a Wharf and provides a great starting point to visit The Rocks, an area of shops and restaurants located at the base of the Habour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and the Royal Botanic Garden.

Down town Sydney as seen from the Royal Botanic Gardens
  Our Second hotel was the Vibe located in North Sydney.  We stayed in North Sydney, which is on the North side of the Harbour Bridge, because this is where Rebecca lived for a while and she wanted to visit all of her old haunts.  While I would recommend the Sebel, the Vibe was a bit basic for my taste even if clean and comfortable.

Darling Harbour is where you will find Whale Watching Tours, the Aquarium, Wild Life World (very cool indoor zoo) and the National Maritime Museum.

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens on a sunny day.  It is very beautiful and perfect for both site seeing and people watching.  Look for the very large (thousands) group of Fruit Bats hanging in the trees.

One highlight of Australia is the Oz take on some basic British dishes.

Sydney Opera House with the Harbour Bridge.
  You must have a Sausage Roll with Tomato Sause, Meat Pies, Cheese and Bacon roll and of course Fish and Chips.  Bakers Delight is a chain of bakeries where you can try many versions of rolls with cheese and meat baked on top in addition to the perenial favorite Cheese and Bacon.

Two shopping destinations worth checking out are the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and the Strand.  All high end shopping in very historic buildings.

All in all, Sydney feels like the UK, the British influence is unmistakable, but the food is more like the US.

One thing I found very interesting was the large number of posted rules.  I joked that given Australia was founded as a penal colony that they has to legislate the criminal our of the people.  For example posted signs on the subway platforms and in the trains themselves read: No spitting, smoking or swearing.

 $400 on the spot fine given my roving monitors.  You could get a fine of $400 for spitting in public any place in Sydney.

Remember, Australia drives on the "wrong" side of the road.  We borrowed Rebecca's parents car for 2 days and while driving on the other side of the road did come back to Rebecca fairly quickly, the first trip was a bit nerve racking as we both concentrated very hard at every turn and roundabout.  BTW, I did not even try driving and it is a good thing as several times I would have gone the wrong way.

Until next time, happy travels.

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Me, Rebecca and Danielle.
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