Architecture / Australia / History

Sydney Surprises!

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Beginnings don’t get more humble than being a penal colony on what was, at the time, the absolute edge of the world. But sitting in a trendy, waterfront eatery and admiring the beautiful Opera House across the harbor will dispel any notion that Sydney is anything but a vibrant, sophisticated city which has left it’s history in the dust.

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Sydney has a multi-faceted appeal, and has something for everyone. Its central business district is an interesting mix of sleek, modern buildings, and Victorian classics.

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The bustling harbor is a tourist and commuter hub, with ferries to outlying suburbs, and the Sydney Harbor Bridge – which brave souls can also climb. Yikes!

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And of course, the iconic Sydney Opera House. Who knew it was covered in tiles!

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The skyline may say “modern”, but these cute schoolgirls, in their charming uniforms, give us a glimpse of Sydney’s historic, British roots.

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Australia’s Aboriginal heritage also adds tremendous interest to the mix. This shop offered colorful didgeridoos and boomerang lessons – a skill you might not use every day, but it certainly sounded fun.

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Our favorites things about Sydney are the great mix of old and new architecture, inviting walkability, friendly people, ample green space, and easy access to gorgeous beaches.

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Most big cities have a few of these aspects, but Sydney has combined them all into a very pleasant package.

Happy Trails,
James and Terri

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