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Citypack Sydney, 1st Edition (Fodors Sydneys 25 Best) (Fodors Sydneys 25 Best)


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ISBN 10: 0679034285 / ISBN 13: 9780679034285
Published by Fodor's, USA, 1998
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Title: Citypack Sydney, 1st Edition (Fodors Sydneys...

Publisher: Fodor's, USA

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine DJ

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The Citypack map covers the city in detail, while the Citypack guide
gives you just the information you need to experience the best of
Top attractions and their must-see sights
The best harbor views
City tours and walks in the bush
The best museums, national parks, beaches, children's activities, freebies, and landmarks--the author's top picks
Restaurants, hotels, shopping, nightlife--an unabashedly opinionated selection, with pithy descriptions of each recommendation
Offbeat sights even locals don't know
Tips on getting the most from your visit

The author: Anne Matthews was born in England and emigrated to Sydney in 1979.

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Introducing Sydney

To summarize Sydney in just four words, the most appropriate selection would be: cosmopolitan, diverse, energetic, and easy. Blessed with a wide, sheltered harbor and a sunny Californian climate, it is a blend of colonial heritage, dazzling modern buildings, and a free wheeling lifestyle. People live life outdoors and pursue cultural and sporting activities with a zesty dedication.
The great irony of this city of freedom is that it started life as a penal settlement for Britain's overcrowded prisons. Perhaps this is the point: far from the limitations of England, these reluctant pioneers laid the foundations for a new society which could simply invent itself. Within the Central Business District the lifting of height restrictions has led to a growth in skyscraper architecture and, while these dominate the city vista, other forces have moved to conserve its historic past, most notable in Macquarie Street and The Rocks. The choice of Sydney as the host of the 2000 Olympic games is seen as an affirmation of how well it is doing and places it firmly on the world stage.
Sydney is warm, vibrant, yet somewhat brash. Its attractions are on shimmering display -- an easy place to get to know and like. To the people who live here it's the "best address on earth," relatively safe, clean, and unpolluted. Australians are generally relaxed and easy-going. The often-heard expressions "No worries, mate" and "She'll be right" say much about the attitudes here. Society embraces people of all races and nationalities and, although this certainly isn't multicultural utopia, the principles of the once racist "White Australia" laws have long been buried. While few Aboriginal people live in Sydney, Asian faces are everywhere and you might find yourself inadvertently eavesdropping on conversations in Greek, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Come to Sydney with an open mind and you'll probably be surprised. It's not entirely the rather clichéd expectations of sun, beaches, surf, sport, and the great outdoors -- there are world-class museums and galleries, and stores that include Tiffany's, Cartier, and the like. You will find excellent cuisine and some of the world's best wines. There's also plenty to do at night -- take in an opera or ballet at the Sydney Opera House, see a first-class theatrical production, dance the night away in a classy club, or spend the evening sampling fine local beers in a historic sandstone hotel.
Don't expect too many grandiose buildings, broad European-style avenues, or the ultimate in service (Australians are often cheerfully laid back and inefficient). Also lacking, however, are overcrowded streets, rude, overstressed people, and formality. Sydney people tend to live life at a faster pace than in other parts of Australia, so be prepared to get lost in a rapid delivery of the nasally Australian accent or in the colloquial use of the English language, or "Strine" as it is known. Fortunately, people like Paul Hogan have been "throwin' shrimps on barbies" and "downin' Foster's" long enough on television for it not to be a complete mystery.

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