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.