To be really honest, Sydney has never been a favourite of mine. It’s a cool city but it’s never really interested me. Sydney is much like Melbourne, and maybe I’m a bit biased (but only a little bit, okay?) but I totally think Melbourne rocks the socks off Sydney… Melbourne has so many more things to offer in my opinion.
As a tourist, I totally understand why people are drawn to Sydney. There’s the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Darling Harbour is undeniably gorgeous, Manly Beach is really lovely ferry trip ride away, Luna Park sits on the Harbour, Bondi Beach is beautiful, Queen Victoria Market, is a gem, yada yada yada. I get it.
And maybe I don’t know Sydney all that well to know it’s glory. But I do agree that it is pretty awesome. But when I say that, I have to say that Melbourne is waaaaay more awesome than Sydney though.. haha! Melbourne may not have the world-renowned landmarks to show off but it has so much amazing food, culture and just plain awesomeness…… But hey, let’s talk about this more another day :)
Back to Sydney! It’s funny that everytime I’m in Sydney, I find myself at Queen Victoria Building. Maybe because it reminds me of Melbourne a lot like the Royal Arcade Building and such. The Queen Victoria Building is stunning. Sydney architecture is a lot like Melbourne’s going back to our English settlement back in the day. The detail in the buildings are well worth admiring.
We picked the worst weekend to visit Sydney as it was stinking hot. The forecast ranged from 35-38C for the whole weekend but actually, most weekends during the month of January to February are really that hot. Sydney is a darn hot place and with so much concrete around, it’s hard to find a place to cool-off.
Because my husband had never been to Sydney, of course I had to take him to the Sydney Harbour to the bridge and the opera house. Typical, typical. It’s actually really funny to see in person because it’s really not all that grand and it’s also really really old and dirty. But still cool to see in person (once again) nonetheless. Despite it being a terribly hot day (top of 38C!), there were like a billion people walking around trying to take photos of themselves with the bridge or the opera house in the background. Being a photographer we tried to challenge ourselves. Instead of taking the same old selfies, to see if we could get photos without anyone else in it (without Photoshop). I think we got some pretty cool shots!
After about an half an of hanging around the harbour, we decided it was enough. TOO HOT IN THE AUSTRALIAN SUN! If you haven’t been to Australia before, it’s not like the sun here in North America. It burrrrrnnnnssss. Not kidding at all.
As we headed back to the hotel, we came across the Sydney Conservatory of Music and how it looks like a castle! How neat and so so random. Had to take