Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sydney Style

I like to travel in style and relative comfort. I also like getting a good deal for my money. When the two intersect I'm really happy. I managed to book the Hilton Sydney through Expedia for much less than the hotel was charging for its best rate. I've stayed in many nice business-class hotels over the years, and appreciate fancy toiletries and fluffy duvets. But when I got to my room today, I was really wowed. It's a corner room with a partial view of Sydney Harbor, and a full-on view of the Sydney Tower (as pictured here). I love having windows on two sides. There's a sleek chaise lounge, and a very modern frosted glass bathroom with separate tub and shower.

After I unpacked, I resisted the urge to lounge and headed out for some lunch/dinner and for a walk. The Hilton is in the Central Business District, but it's a straight shot to The Rocks and Circular Quay, where the famous bridge and opera house can be seen. When I got to the quay, the first thing I noticed was that Celebrity Millennium was in port. Mom & I have cruised on two of Millennium's sisters, Summit (Panama Canal) and Infinity (Alaska). Millennium was berthed right between the two famous sights I had come to see.

I also made a stop at David Jones, Australia's fancy department store, for some wine and Australian cheese. This time I'm drinking Wirra Wirra "Church Block," a Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot blend that is very nice. I usually don't like Cabernet but the addition of Shiraz and Merlot makes it very enjoyable for me.


Grant (Falcon124) said...

Wow - I didn't know they'd changed it to "Sydney Tower" - way back when I lived there it was always the Centerpoint Tower :)

Glad you're having fun up there. Hope you get to do the zoo trip.

Laura said...

I think I'm going to go to the zoo tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the ferry ride over, too.