Exploring Sydney on foot

The Rocks Market (3)Maps, recommendations, Google… all of these things can help you navigate your way around a city but for me the best way to discover a new city and get your bearings is by walking.  Walking not only provides hands on experience to the lay of the land, but it also lays out the things you want to see and don’t mind missing as gives you a good idea of where you stand on plotting your adventures.  My most recent adventure to Sydney landed us in the city early in the morning with nothing but time before our hotel room was ready.  This also gave the perfect opportunity to get out and explore Sydney.

The Rocks Market (9) The Rocks Market (8) The Rocks Market (7) The Rocks Market (6) The Rocks Market (4)If walking is your means of transportation, making sure it is central is pretty important.  My first stay in Sydney I was in prime location in the Central Business District.  As you may expect for many downtowns throughout the world, arriving early on a weekend morning can be a bit slow.  Sydney, however, is a city made for walking with many of its sites and attractions are located fairly close to one another.  Our hotel was only a block away from the shopping district and a short ten minute walk to major attractions such as the Opera House or Rocks area.  So with a quick review of the map with the concierge and a recommendation on what direction would best serve our curiosities we were off.

The Rocks Market (2)For me walking and vacation are partners in crime.  At home there is always a schedule and a rush and someplace to be, but on vacation none of those expectations exist.  You can go as fast as your feet will carry you and following the gentle breeze of the water we found ourselves at the Rocks.  Walking also gives you a chance to get up close and personal to things that are easily missed when riding in a cab or with public transportation.  We saw shops and restaurants that peaked our interest and finally wound up at The Rocks market.  From cupcakes to fresh juicing options to some great local vendors it was a great lead way into another benefit of walking, meeting the natives.  The residents of a city are the best indicator of what is important to the culture and getting out and talking to people give you a sense of their values, lifestyle, fashion, and even sense of humor.  ApetitoTalking with the vendors we got first hand recommendations on where to go and what to do on a wide range of subjects that we could never have covered on our own.  These recommendations came from the true city experts, the people that live there and have seen all of the highs and lows.  Not to mention we found some great finds at the market that I wore throughout my trip.  All in all spending our first day walking the city prepared me for getting around the rest of my trip and taught me a lot about what makes Sydney such a special place to visit.



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