Merry Christmas, Everyone! We are so happy to be spending our holiday in Sydney, Australia, one of our very favorite cities in the world. We have been walking around everywhere, attending the opera (Carmen), as well as the Town Hall Christmas Concert. We are staying at the Hilton in the middle of the shopping district, just down the street from Town Hall and across the street from the old, famous shopping center, the Queen Victoria Building. We already posted our time at the opera and in the suburb of Paddington. Today we are including a few places in Chinatown, a walk through Hyde Park, and scenes around the city.
Sydney is very vibrant, very crowded. The streets have been jammed, much like our experience in Manhattan. Everyone is friendly and it is a very easy city for visitors. When we were at this hotel in 2018, George Street, just outside the doors, was torn up and under construction, but all of that has been completed and a light rail system is now in place. The stop is right outside the hotel. So for most everywhere we want to go, light rail works well. The city also has a good bus system and, strangely enough, a regular train system that helps us get around town. In addition, as Sydney is a port town, ferries are also available to travel to many places. So needless to say, we have no need of a car while we are in town, and it is easy to see something new every day. The key to it all is what they call an Opal card, which you can refill with additional money at any time. It is utilized by all the transportation systems. You just tap on and off without fumbling for change. It works flawlessly and makes all of our planning here so simple.
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