Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Australia it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Tooheys.
Tooheys is an Australian brewery in the suburb of Lidcombe in Sydney and is a standard lager. The brewery dates back to 1869 and the brand Tooheys was first brewed in 1930. Tooheys can be found on tap at almost any bar in New South Wales, although it is not so common in other states and sometimes even has a poor reputation overthere. We saw that it was also available in cans and bottles as Tooheys Draught. Good taste and flavour!
A walk through Hyde Park after...
A walk through Hyde Park after sunset is one activity. the Path from the War Memorial to Phillip Street (South to North) is lined on both sides with gigantic Moreton Bay Fig Trees, the branches of the trees are lit with thousands of miniature white lights, lovely sight. The Botanical Gardens at the foot of Hyde Park & the Domain, is alive in the Spring and Summer of the year with rare and exotic flowers, trees and plants, with a fine restaurant set right in the centre. This is a Killer! I'm a 'SYDNEYSIDER!! !' I was born in the suburb of Summer Hill, less than 30 minutes travel west of Sydneytown. When I was a Lad (:-))) the City of Sydney was composed of buildings built with native sandstone carved from the cliffs around Sydney, and as the city is oriented north & south, with the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, the air would be filled with wave upon wave of shimmering light of Golden tones, all reflections from the sandstone buildings, hence sydney was always known as and called 'The Shimmering City' Now it looks like ?????
What do I miss? I miss SYDNEY, which to us LOCALS was and still is called 'The Big Smoke' If you want to know why this name, then go - then you'll know.
Get a transportation pass and...
Get a transportation pass and ride the extensive ferry system. They go by all the interesting sites and are very relaxing. The jetcats are pretty fast, but I liked the open decks on the slower boats.
Whenever I think deeply about Sydney, sometime or other the old Post Office building comes to mind. Other cities in Australia also have fine post offices, notably Perth and Newcastle, but the first one I ever became interested in was this one (picture 2).
These days its use has changed but thankfully the grand architecture remains.
Known as the point from which all points in Sydney were originally measured, No.1 Martin Place has certainly earned the right to be described as the true heart of the city. Even with famous attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Darling Harbour and Pitt Street Mall shopping just minutes' away, there is simply so much to do in No. 1 Martin Place that it is no wonder some guests might be tempted to never leave the building!
The Westin boasts luxurious accommodation, innovative cuisine and extensive banquet and catering facilities, but guests also have access to some other first class facilities housed in the original GPO such as the Health Club whose first-rate facilities include the latest in cardio and weight equipment, a heated pool, steam rooms and a range of classes and services including massage therapy.
Then there's the exclusive Perry Ellis salon providing comprehensive hair treatments and services and you can go and show it all off afterwards in the GPO restaurants and bars featuring the well-known Prime and Post restaurants, a sushi train, oyster bar, cellar and cheese room and much more, with a style reminiscent of inner-city New York and London.
An entire floor of exquisite shopping awaits you beneath the No. 1 Martin Place atrium. Without leaving the building, visit exclusive designers and boutiques including Anthea Crawford, XILE and Zoya Karman. Martin Place has other fine edifices, many funded by banks originally. It was also a road originally but was converted into a mall in the latter part of the 20th century which allowed things like the fountain pictured to enhance the locale.
Have I mentioned that the...
Have I mentioned that the Australians are one of the friendliest people on this planet??
Yes, they really are! If you want to feeel really at home here... just dress like them (read: casual attire)... Guzzle down loads of beer like them... (they ARE Australians after all... and as we all know, Australians LOVE to drink beer!)... and well... generally look perplexed at folks who seem to rush around with a load of burdens on their backs. *Grin* Aussies are known to be a pretty laid back group of folks. (Love this kind of attitude!).
And ooooh, their accent! It's out-of-this-world. I found it so interesting just to hear them speak.... And I'm sure they thought I was some country bumpkin! So, if you do bump into one over there, just greet them 'Good day, Mate!'