We arrived in Sydney the morning of Christmas Eve. The airport was busy. We were sleepy. Washed our faces and decided to hang out at the airport for a while as it was too early to check-in.
Good morning Australia! Photo taken a couple of hours before touchdown.
Left the airport around noon and took a train to Kings Cross, where our motel was. Before the trip, a friend warned us that the area is Sydney’s red light district. However, I honestly didn’t feel scared or unsafe as I thought I would be. Well, perhaps because we were walking in broad daylight. Checked in at the motel, freshened up and headed out.
Passed by Sydney Town Hall with Christmas tree on its balcony.
Arrived at the beautiful Darling Habour.
A German pal of mine called the place “fake”. Okay, maybe it does look quite pretentious. Like a scene from a soap opera. All nice and shiny. A bit over the top. Oh well, wait till he sees Putrajaya :-D
The harbour is surrounded by tall buildings occupied by giant MNCs.
Spent some time admiring the place, then we headed to the opposite way towards the city centre. Saw some nice malls and high end boutiques. We continued walking till we reached Hyde Park, a lovely city park filled with fig trees. Such a perfect place for an evening stroll or a picnic during summer.
Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park with Sydney Tower in the background.
St. Mary’s Cathedral. Fiza candid this while I was taking off my bag.
The infamous fig-lined avenue.
Still tired from the flight, we decided to end our exploration there and return to the motel to rest. On the way back, we dropped by a convenience shop operated by a nice Middle Eastern guy. Bought a loaf of bread, butter and jam to be our breakfast for the coming days, as our budget accommodation didn’t come with food.
A slow start for Day 1. More to come tomorrow!