travel and life with lee mylne

Starting in Sydney

Sydney Opera House

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.

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4 Responses to “Starting in Sydney”

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Lee
    Sounds like a big ask. Are you looking for any help?

    • Lee

      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!

      • Anonymous

        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!


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