It’s always fascinating to read, and watch, how our own country and its people, cities, towns and islands (Martin Clunes!) appear to international visitors.
36 Hours in Sydney, Australia – an article by Dave Seminara in The New York Times, ventures just beyond the city CBD to explore suburbs including The Rocks, Balmain, Newtown, Glebe, Manly and Mosman. Travel Monitor thinks he’s done a great job!
Sydney is famous for its Opera House, its postcard-perfect beaches and its glorious natural harbor. But these are just small parts of what makes the city one of the world’s great urban centers. Dig into Sydney’s origins as a penal colony to understand what an unlikely success story it is. Mingle at every opportunity with Sydneysiders, who may be the friendliest, most laid-back urbanites on the planet. Turn off your phone and hit up a stranger for directions. Ask a bartender for a lesson in how to speak Australian. Go to a rugby or cricket match and ask your neighbors to recall their favorite win over England. You’re sure to make friends. But to be properly seduced by Sydney and its people, venture past the buttoned-up Central Business District to where residents live and play, and you’ll discover that the city’s heart is nowhere near the center of town.
Image: David Maurice Smith for The New York Times