When a weekend in Sydney is certainly not enough. but better than nothing. This is my weekend in the big city.
What a beautiful three nights it was in Australia’s largest city as business and pleasure was mixed in busy three days that had the alcohol flowing, the hips getting bigger from all the food I ate and the camera busy snapping away at all the gorgeous sites. It was three quick days, too quick. but in that time I managed to fall in love with this amazing city.
Why was I there
As I said in the beginning it was a business trip. A conference that spread over Friday and Saturday before having spare time on Sunday and Monday. I am a South Korean teacher in a Western Australian primary school and I was flown over, given accommodation in a fine hotel and fed top quality food. It was an all expenses paid trip. A trip that had a large amount of South Korean language teachers flown over for a conference, so we could all lift our game so to speak. I wasn’t going to say no to a free trip.
Where did I stay
I was fortunate to stay in two fine hotels, the Park Royal and the Radisson Blu, both in Darling Harbour. One was paid for via the conference and Radisson was paid for out of my own expenses.
- Park Royal Sydney: A four star hotel, with amazing rooms, a comfortable bed and most of an amazing view of the Darling Harbour region. To top it off it had a restaurant and bar on the first floor. You couldn’t ask for more for my first two nights in Sydney.
- Radisson Blu Sydney: An elegant hotel I must say, an old look on the outside but pure luxury on the inside. The Radisson chain do hotels well and I have stayed in a few. This particular one in Sydney is no exception (there are two Radisson’s in Sydney). It has all of what you would expect from a 5-star luxury hotel, luxurious rooms, elegant bathrooms and a friendly service you would expect of such a fine hotel. It didn’t quite come with the amazing view l got at the Park Royal, but I couldn’t complain.
Where did I Eat
- Conference Fine Dining: I was so fortunate to be able to dine in style at the conference room at Sydney University. Private caterers were hired to give us simply delicious food. Oh and all the wine I could drink. For dinner we were spoilt with a three course meal which included fresh snapper and lovely Chocolate Mousse.
- Korea Town: How happy was I to find Korea Town in Sydney, It was almost like being home again, almost. Surrounded with many Korean restaurants it is fair to say I took advantage of the large amount of Korean cuisine available.
What did I do and see
- Darling Harbour: Staying in the heart of Darling Harbour was perfect. It had everything. Street entertainment, ferries, restaurants and cafes. Of course not forgetting the breathtaking views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It is what makes Sydney so iconic.
- Ferries, Ferries everywhere: Never have I been to a city where ferries is a part of the public transportation, but Sydney never stops to amaze. Hundreds pack on the ferries and hundreds pack off, eager to have fun in the big city.
- City Night lights: Everything looks better at night and Sydney is no exception. The big city lights gaze down upon you as the entertainment really heats up as the city comes to life with people out and about in large numbers.
The Opera House and Harbour Bridge Views: How amazing is this? A long walkway, full of bars that run along the Harbour. Selling only beer and other alcohol, no food. You grab your beers and sit by the water with the Sydney Opera House in full view in the background.
It was short, brief but magnificent. The next time I go to Sydney, I will make sure it is a little longer than a weekend, because, there is so much more to be done in this great city. And I need to be doing a lot more.
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