Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's funny...Australia was never on my list of dream travel destinations (I've always been obsessed with Europe). It was a country/continent I thought I'd visit when I was done to my heart's content with Europe. But now that I'm living here, I'm coming to realize how blessed Australia is with natural beauty. And I've only just seen Sydney!

Sydney has a beautiful harbour - the water is a dark shade of blue and when sunlight falls on it, it glitters like little jewels. The dark blue water is dotted with little white sail's the prettiest and most calming sight ever!

The Sydney Harbour Bridge stretches across the water majestically. It connects North Sydney and the northern suburbs to the Sydney CBD, which is also referred to as the City. Beside the Harbour Bridge sits an example of path-breaking architecture - the Sydney Opera House. Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed by it the first time I saw it. It's one of the most hyped monuments in the world, and is a symbol of Australia, and when you see it for the first time it doesn't all come together for you. Then I went back to it, went closer and realized what a feat Jorn Utzon had pulled off when he designed and oversaw the construction of the Opera House.

There are many neighbourhoods in Sydney, such as Kirribilli and Milsons Point, that offer stunning views of the Sydney harbour along with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. I lived at Milsons Point for a month but never made the trek (though it was hardly a trek). Plan to get down there one of these days.

Last weekend I went to Bondi beach. The water is a light aquamarine and so clear, you can see the bottom of the sea bed. I'm too lazy to describe it further in words so I'll leave you with a few pictures.

We did the walk from Bondi to Bronte beach, which goes through rocks that have been eroded into beautiful patterns by salt-laden air.

I'm already scouting places to visit in Australia over my long weekends :)


Tamanna said...

Where can I mail you? This is awesome stuff, and I am more inspired to write to you now. You will know why when you see the mail :)

Scarlett said...

@Tamanna - I don't want to share my email ID here. Do you want to find me on FB? I tried finding you but couldn't. You can search for me by my name.

Moonshine said...

I always wanted to go to New Zealand more than I ever wanted to visit Australia - I remember NZ being a focus in school.. we had many lessons dedicated to it in Geography.. Perhaps the reason why Australia is so underplayed..

Tamanna said...

Mail me :)

Scarlett said...

@Moonshine - Same here. NZ always trumped Oz when it comes to being a tourist destination. I'm not saying it's undeserved...NZ is supposed to be breathtakingly beautiful. But OZ has some good places to visit as well.

Scarlett said...

@Tamanna - Check your mail :)