Sydney, Australia - May, 2004
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Chris and I vacationed in Sydney
for about 8 days. We took an overnight side trip to the Blue
Mountains but otherwise just explored Sydney.
Chris petting a wallaby at
We didn't have an
agenda for the trip, just an idea of various things we wanted to do or
One of the first
experiences was staying in a hostel. Chris had wanted to do this
for a long time so we gave it a try. We started out in the
Central YHA which was in a decent location and had good reviews.
We had a private room with bathroom and not the dorm-style
accommodations that are common in hostels. I had misgivings
about staying in a hostel because of some bad experiences in the past,
but we were both pleasantly surprised. The main upside of
staying in a hostel is the young and social environment.
The first full day we were there was our one year
anniversary! We had dinner in the
restaurant in the
AMP tower in the center of Sydney and then went out and enjoyed
the night life.
After a few
days of exploring Sydney, we took the train up to the town of Katoomba
in Blue Mountains - about two hours west of Sydney.
The Hotel Carrington in Katoomba in the Blue
For a bit of
luxury, we stayed in a historic hotel there with a spa, the
We visited some of the landmarks in the area, including the
Three Sisters and the steepest railway in the world. The
highlight of dinner that night was some outstanding sticky date
pudding! A massage at the spa the next morning helped us recover
from the previous day's relaxation and prepare us for the train ride
back to Sydney.
A few of the other fun things we did included
visiting Taronga Zoo, Bondi
Beach, walking along the harbour to South Head, shopping on George
Street, dining in Darling Harbour, visiting the
Power House museum, and enjoying
the nightlife along Oxford Street.
Enjoying a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
Another special occasion during the trip was my
birthday. We checked into the
W Hotel in Sydney in Woolloomooloo. What a nice hotel -
right on the water with a great view of the Sydney skyline and
beautiful modern furnishings. That evening we went for a dinner
cruise on the harbour and had a delightful time.
The following night, Saturday, was our last night
in Sydney. Because we had an early flight the next morning, we
elected to go clubbing all night and just head directly to the
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