Today I decided to go for a walk and explore Sydney a bit – and considering I’ve lived here for 27 out of my 30 years, I was surprised by some of the things I saw. I went to places I’ve been to before, but perhaps I see it differently after a few years away.
Something I love about Europe is that the old and new are right there next to each other, in amazing contrast. In London it’s so obvious – ultra modern buildings like The Shard in the same skyline as Tower Bridge and Tower of London.
I never thought of Sydney as being the same – but history is everywhere within this city… You just have to look a bit harder at times.
Ok, so Sydney’s buildings are by no means as old as the historic buildings throughout Europe… But it’s history nonetheless.
I walked through Hyde Park, The Domain and Botanic Gardens taking in the Saturday morning atmosphere – although this soggy winter’s day was not the weather that comes to most people’s minds when they think of Australia, it was an enjoyable hour or so.
A couple of great things about walking around Sydney City Centre are:
- City Maps everywhere and signs to explain what you’re looking at
- Old buildings, alongside modern buildings
- Heaps of greenery – everyone thinks of Hyde Park, but there are also The Domain, Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair… And more
- Reminders of history – statues and other reminders of old Sydney
- Cafes to stop for a rest (and hide from the rain)
- Although Greater Sydney is huge, the city centre & most of the main tourist sites are within walking distance of each other
- You can enjoy the view just aimlessly walking around
- If you’re short on time, you can enjoy a few hours and feel like you saw it – or you could spend forever exploring all the small interesting parts
Today was more about getting out of the house, getting some exercise and enjoying myself – while walking though, I felt inspired to explore more of my home city and write about it. Sydney can be my first city to properly document on my website…
Let’s see how this goes!
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