I was filling up the space for the title and had to do a double take at adding the March 2016 part because even if I had been back to Sydney in June, July, and August of 2016 I had only been to the Sydney Harbour once. I always asked Lia if she wanted to come and see the Opera House because we could always see it from the train on our way back and forth my sister’s house to wherever we were going but she always said it was enough to see it from afar. She said it was going to be the same anyway, from near or far, and I thought she was right.
Sydney is a beautiful city. Australia is amazing. But so are the prices! Prices of accommodations and food are nearly off the charts, and that’s coming from someone who has been to Denmark and Switzerland. Well, they’re all expensive but still, compared to these countries, and cities like Zurich or Singapore, Italy seems even affordable.
Anyway, we took the ferry at the Manly Wharf to get to Sydney Harbour, getting off at Wharf #3 at the Circular Quay. (Click here for more information).
The Fast Ferry takes one on this route from Manly to Circular Quay affording one beautiful views of the Sydney Opera House from nearly all angles.
And of course, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
“The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.”– Source
We walked along the Circulay Quay to get to the Sydney Opera House, past numerous sitting areas, shops, cafes, and restaurants.
We were meeting friends at the Opera House after their work shifts have ended. These are the friends I’ve made and met in 2008 when Travel Factor was just starting out. They have moved to Australia to either work better or be with their families.
The reunion was pure joy as they got to meet Fabio for the very first time. We took some selfies, laughing at our foolishness, and headed for coffee shortly thereafter.
One of them had to leave before dinner as she lived outside of the city and had two kids and a husband to come home to. The three of us stayed to find a place to have dinner at, walking again past the restaurants. We could not find a place quiet enough though as it was a Friday and it seemed like half of the yuppies of the city were there to have drinks with their friends. We decided a night picture of the harbour was a good idea but going somewhere else for dinner was even better.
We walked towards The Rocks on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district, where we selected The Cut Bar and Grill as the ideal place for a quiet and sating dinner.
The waiters were all Italians and we had a great time joking with them. So was our waiter at the cafe in Circular Quay. It seems there are Italians everywhere we go, just like Filipinos. It made Fabio feel so much at home in Oz!
Our friend also had to go home after dinner so she walked us towards the train station where we were to take our train going back to our AirBnb flat in Lane Cove North. She herself had to take the bus back home. I wouldn’t see my friends again until I came back to Sydney in the middle of the year.