Sydney & Blue Mountains

Trip Start May 18, 2004
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Come to think of it, that was the first and last time to travel overseas with my mam and brother. I have visited over 30 countries, but I have never traveled with my brother except in Sydney. In that meaning, it was a special trip in my life.

I was supposed to see them at the arrival gate of Sydney airport, but I had a terrible diarrhea and was stuck in a bathroom of the airport. I had a cell phone, but I had to answer in the toilet to say, "I can't get out of here now, so wait right there." It was a bit embarrassing. Anyway, we stayed in Travelodge hotel, which was close to Chinatown, Hyde Park, and Central Station. It was convenient to go to the Blue Mountains on the second day. In the first day, we visited Botanic Gardens, Opera House, Chinatown, Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park, Australian Museum, and the didgeridoo performance theater whose name I don't remember. The Opera House and the Harbour Bridge didn't take us much time, because all we did there was just taking pictures in front of them. Although we have visited a lot of places, we had some time left and nothing to do, so my mam looked bored. Eventually, we headed for Chinatown near our hotel for dinner.

On the next day, we left for Katoonba to see the Greater Blue Mountains early in the morning. Needless to say, it is one of the best spots for a day trip from Sydney and was designated as a UNESCO's World Natural Heritage Site. As soon as we arrived at the station, we bought a bus pass for the whole day, but it was not so useful, because the bus was not so frequent, so we mainly walked around there. Even at the bus stop near the station, we couldn't catch a bus to the Three Sisters and walked up to there more than half an hour. The view of the Three Siters was great and hiking around the area was enjoyable, but after we reached the bottom of the valley, my brother was worried about my mam, because we walked too much and intended to go up to the top of the valley. At the end of the trail under the valley, however, we happened to find a scenic railway, which was really helpful for us.

On their last day in Australia, I saw off in front of the hotel. They left for the airport and I stayed there for another day. I had a plan to view the New Years Firework Display in Sydney Harbour. It was freezing around the harbour, but I had decided to stay overnight around the harbour, because I couldn't book a hotel. In fact, all the hotels in Sydney were fully booked, so after I watched the fireworks, I slept on a bench on the night.

NYE 2004 (Sydney Firework Display) Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Eg6Kqd-So
The firework must be the one I watched there, but I don't remember much about it.(LOL)

Sydney by Day, Australia, Travel Video Guide
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIMSyh8SiCA&feature=channel
I don't know why this video features Sydney Fish Market. I am not sure if it is a popular tourist attraction. However, I have been surprised to hear that Tsukiji Fish Market of Japan is the most popular tourist attraction of Japan, so Sydney Fish Market would be serendipitous attraction.

Things to Do in Sydney - Viator.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5vo0hfpdsc&feature=related
This is a better video for tourists to overview the city attractions. 

Sydney Tourism Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weYGChQ1g5Q&feature=related
The video explains why Sydney is popular among tourists.  
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