Why We Loved Sydney

The thing about Sydney is that it was exactly how I thought it was going to be. With Melbourne, I wasn't sure what to expect, but Sydney is one of those cities you seem to see on TV all the time---much like San Francisco, I guess, or New York---and so it wasn't as huge a surprise as Melbourne was. Also, and this is important, it wasn't half as cold. Sydney, you see, is the city I'd actually checked the temperature of before packing in a mad rush the day after my wedding, and so I finally had things that were suitable to wear. My one wool sweater thanked me for the reprieve. As did the person who'd seen me wear that sweater three days in a row.

One of my favorite things about Australia, by the way, is the staggering preponderance of bacon and eggs. Bacon and eggs are everywhere in Australia! Every morning in both Sydney and Melbourne, we had bacon and eggs for breakfast, usually sandwiched together in some sort of roll, which is---as you might imagine---by far the best way to eat them. On our second night in Sydney, in a rather charming Italian restaurant, we even had a bacon and egg pizza. (Unsurprisingly, it was called the Australiana.) Now if you're ever wondering whether you should order egg on your pizza, I'm going to suggest you think about it for a second or two---EGG. On your pizza. Seriously, just consider it: how good could that pizza really taste?---and then act accordingly. Egg on your pizza, my friends, is not everyone's cup of tea. And this is coming from a girl who routinely orders the one with pineapple. 

Anyway, aside from eating bacon every single day for one meal or another---and, in the case of the night we ill-advisedly ordered the Australiana, twice in one day---we did a few other things in Sydney. For instance, we wandered around a lot and took some pictures of the Opera House, and let me tell you, the first time you see the Opera House in person, it's spectacular. I'm not sure why, just that it's kind of like seeing a famous person in real life. You're all "Whoa! Look! I've seen this on TV! And now it's....here!" Sean had this reaction with the Eiffel Tower the first time we went to Paris, and I remember having it with the Golden Gate Bridge. Some landmarks just elicit more emotion than others, I think. They make you feel like you're finally there.

On our first day in Sydney, after we'd taken roughly six million photos of the Opera House---me and the Opera House, Sean and the Opera House, me and Sean and the Opera House, that random group of German tourists and the Opera House, yes, Holly, we get it, YOU SAW THE OPERA HOUSE---we decided to take a ferry to the Taronga Zoo. This was because basically everyone on the Internet told us we should go to the Taronga Zoo, citing intriguing reasons like "it's on its own island!" and "you take a ferry and a cable car!" and "come on, Taronga? Is that the best name for a zoo or what?"

(You can't argue with that. It really is.)

So we took a ferry to the Taronga Zoo, and then we took a cable car to the top of it. And I've got to tell you, Internet, I really wasn't expecting much. I  mean, the zoo? Who goes on their honeymoon and visits the zoo, I thought. (Probably the same people who go on their honeymoon and visit the library.) But as it turns out, we are the kind of people who go on their honeymoon and visit the zoo (and the library) and this is because the Taronga Zoo is really pretty awesome.

I mean, look! Giraffes! In front of the Sydney skyline!

Scary crocodiles!

Cute koalas!

A rare hybrid animal known as Half Girl Half Fennec Fox!

(Seriously, you do not know how many Google searches I had to do just now to remember what that animal was called. I typed in things like "long-eared fox thing" and "giant ears at the Taronga Zoo for tourists to stick their heads into." I don't actually know if this even is a Fennec Fox, actually, but I do know those are some pretty sweet ears. New accessory for 2010! Headbands are so passe. Fennec Fox ears for everyone!)

After the Taronga Zoo, we took the ferry back across the harbor, strolled around the Opera House some more---Sean was worried there might have been one remaining angle from which he had not photographed it, despite the fact that he had photographed it from forty-six and a half different angles already---and then made our way to the Opera Bar, right on the waterfront, where we ordered a drink, split a pizza, and basked in the sunshine for a good hour. This was one of my very favorite parts of our honeymoon, and when you break it down, how could it not be? To the left of me, the Sydney Harbor Bridge. To the right, the Sydney Opera House. In the middle, my brand new husband, and in front of me, a glass of champagne. And all this at three o'clock on a Friday afternoon. 

Argh, I still have so much to say about Sydney! Why can I never write these honeymoon recaps in one go! For now, check out this (ever expanding) set of Sydney pictures, and I'll be back again with part two anon. Did you like how I just said "anon" right there? That was pretty fancy, huh.

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kathleen
Nov 02, 2009

I love your blog! Even if you write long honeymoon recaps. I also enjoy your use of anon. :)

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Em
Nov 02, 2009

You know what I thought was so surreal the first time I saw it LIVE and in living color? Humpback whales. Seriously. I almost cried when I went whale watching off the coast of Santa Barbara. They're so much bigger in real life than on a postcard!

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Aneets
Nov 02, 2009

I am so glad that you liked Sydney.

I am a Sydneysider and I still get excited by seeing the Opera House in person- just so gorgeous!

Can't wait to hear what other sites you guys took in during your time here.

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Megan
Nov 02, 2009

Can I tell you how thrilled I am that there is another couple in the world that is awesome enough to have also taken their honeymoon in Sydney? My brand new husband and I returned from our Sydney-Cairns-Melbourne honeymoon just last Friday, which makes today the "ugh, work?!" first Monday back. We were continually in awe of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge the whole time we were there (I totally get the Eiffel Tower connection-- it was like that for me, too)...and I have a couple pictures similar to the giraffes-with-the-city-in-background, too. :)

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Nicki
Nov 03, 2009

So glad you had such a great time. Well deserved after all the work that went into the wedding.

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edj
Nov 03, 2009

We live in Morocco and spent 2 weeks in the UK this summer and were OVERJOYED at the sheer amounts of bacon and sausage and egg available at all times. We gorged on pork, let me tell you! I am still dreaming of the sausage with bramley apple from Tesco's, and the chiplotas...sigh...and the back bacon...drool...sorry, going now.

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Saucepan Man
Nov 03, 2009

Sean's pictures are stunning. He always gets it right.

But why 'anon'? Did you mean you'd be back soon or back without anybody knowing who you were!?

I think I know what you're trying to say but I'm struggling to find a suitably archaic alternative. Something like "erelong" or "post-haste" or even "sine die"?

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melanie
Nov 03, 2009

Can I just say that I love that you bring jewelry with you on your trips? I love seeing what you're wearing when you're traveling. Sorry if that's weird but even when you're living out of a suitcase you always look so stylish and cute!
And I love your recaps.

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soul-fusion
Nov 03, 2009

I know exactly what you mean about seeing the Opera House for the first time. I saw it straight off the plane and was slightly delirious with jet lag which made it all the more surreal. And I'm so glad you went to Taronga Zoo! I'm always telling people how great it is and now that it has been 10 years since my visit I worry that it has grown in my memory as something better than it was. But you have confirmed, it really is the greatest zoo.

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Amanda
Nov 03, 2009

Who visits a zoo on their honeymoon?

We did.

After graduating from college my husband (then boyfriend) and I took jobs in South Florida where within the first two months of living there experienced not one but two (TWO) hurricanes that both made landfall miles from our apartment. Before they both hit, while I was busy spazzing around the newsroom like, "HURRICANES?!" everyone said, "Don't worry, they never hit here, the water's too shallow off the coast..." Heh. Little did they know? TWO!

We married in September and my only requirement for our honeymoon was "NOWHERE NEAR HURRICANES." So? We went out to Palm Springs. We took a day trip to San Diego and everyone was all, "VISIT THE ZOO!" And we did. The end. So you're not the only one to spend a few hours of her
honeymoon at the zoo. ;)

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Amanda
Nov 03, 2009

I love, love, love reading your posts! I found you recently via Mighty Girl and her posts about Broad Summit.
I've tried several times to "subscribe" via that little button in my browser so that I can see when you have new posts but it doesn't seem to work. The last post listed was The Princess and the Pee but then I typed in your address and behold, a new post that did not show up on the list! I was wondering if this was a problem on my end.

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David
Nov 03, 2009

Lol.. cute pictures, i am also planning to visit sydney in december. i need an advice is december the right month to visit sydney because i have heard that winter and summer season are very different in australia than rest of the world.

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jasmine
Nov 04, 2009

with the exception of the singapore zoo, the zoo in sydney is definitely my favorite zoo in the world namely because of the giraffe enclosure. i love how they set it up such the giraffes are at eye level with the visitors!!! i'm finally in san francisco and one of my must-sees is the zoo here! I sure hope it lives up to its wonderful reputation too!!!

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KP
Nov 29, 2009

Hehe...we went to Sydney for our 2nd anniversary and my hubby has the same picture of Half (Boy) Half Fennec Fox.

We had such a blast there!

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Starla
Jan 23, 2010

Just found your log and am catching up on your archives. Belated congrats on your wedding.
I went to Oz last year too and absolutely fell in love with Sydney. The harbour is so enchanting, mesmerising, love a city by the sea. Did you go over to Manly on the ferry? And did you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge? That was my absolute highlight!

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lilly77
May 06, 2010

The above pictures are smashing and i have decided to visit Sydney after my 000-S01 exams. I hope i will enjoy a lot.

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ulara735
May 10, 2010

Jumping in with beautiful comment. GOOD WORK
ccent

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Kelly Smith
Jun 21, 2010

this place is so nice and fantastic to live i love Sydney. its my dream place.70-291

Opera House is the real crown of Sydney

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