Starting in Sydney
Sydney Harbour must rank as one of the most beautiful in the world. And on a sunny day, with blue skies, there are few better ways to appreciate it than by getting out on the water. I did that last weekend, visiting for a few days to start on research for my new Frommer’s guide to Australia.
Taking the ferry to Cockatoo Island, I reveled in this lovely waterway and was rewarded after a day of sightseeing with a spectacular blood-red sunset as I waited for the return ferry to Circular Quay. Sydney is alive and energetic at any time, but on a sunny weekend the tourists and locals come out to play and being in the centre of the city is great fun. It’s not a city I’d like to live in (unless I was wealthy enough for one of those harbourside mansions) but I love to visit.
Those who read this blog regularly will know that my next big book project is a new and updated version of Frommer’s Australia, one that I’ll be working on for the next few months – and blogging about as well from time to time. After writing about the reported demise of the Frommer’s brand, it was a thrill to find out that Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline – both still heavily involved in travel writing and broadcasting, despite selling the Frommer’s brand some years ago – had bought back their brand and intended to revive the guide books. And through the power of social media, after my blog post was re-tweeted by a number of people, I had a call from Pauline Frommer to ask me to write the Australia guide. How exciting is that?
So off to Sydney I went for the first stage of research. Here are a few images from my visit.
4 Responses to “Starting in Sydney”
Sounds like a big ask. Are you looking for any help?
Hi Peter – well, it’s a big job, but it’s a one-person job really. I’m open to suggestions for inclusions though – recommendations for hotels, restaurants, attractions and those “don’t miss” Australian experiences are welcome!
Here are my suggestions for Sydney…..QT Hotel to stay, The Winery for the best brownie dessert I have ever tasted, The Commons for a cute place for lunch (open fire, courtyard and the Watercress Soup I wanted to lick off the plate), the birdcages on Angel Place, high tea at Blu Hotel Woolloomooloo, walk across the bridge to the Kirribilli markets…..the list goes on!
Wonderful. Thank you, I will chase up some of those suggestions!