The friendliest people in the world. Sydney

By: Tatyana Kogut.
According to an American travel magazine Conde Nast Travel, Sydney is the world's top city, leaving such famous travel destinations as Florence, San Francisco and Bangkok far behind. Also note that this Australian megapolis got the status of the friendliest city in the world. If you're still not ready for a personal visit to Sydney, why not make an imaginary trip?The regular bus will take you from the airport to the city centre, Alfred street. So, you're at the Sydney harbour. On the left there is a famous Harbour Bridge, the 20th century architectural miracle. On the right there is a huge Sydney opera shell. There is also an observation deck, excellent for taking the photographs of the Sydney opera and a group of skyscrapers adjacent to the harbour. The Sydney Opera house is well-known all around the world. It looks like an exotic stone flower surrounded by glass skyscrapers. Some compare it with the giant seashells or the sails in the wind. The building is located at the cape and, looking at the lively sea, crowded with yachts and seagulls, one can feel what the opera's architect, Jorn Utzon, was inspired with. The famous silhouette can be found at any postcard: the opera turned into a calling card not only for Sydney, but for the whole country.

Its history, by the way, is rich in controversy. The project cost a fortune, its author left the country before construction was over. But its cultural importance is worth it: there are a theatre for 1550 seats and a concert hall for 2700 seats located under one roof. There are also a Playhouse, an end-stage theatre with 398 seats, and a Studio for 400 people in the opera. The complex, which is visited by a total of 1,5 million people every year, is complemented by a library, artistic salons, cafes and restaurants. But millions of the white roof and wall tiles are fragile and demand delicate treatment. At the same time, they constantly suffer from overheating and the salty sea air. That is why great amounts of money are spent on the opera maintenance. But let's continue our walk and see other city attractions  the Sydney Tower, Sydney monorail which connects Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney central business and shopping districts. Sometimes the monorail runs through the buildings, above the water or the ground.. The whole route takes no more than half an hour, but lots of things can be observed during the trip. Our next stop is the George Street, and the huge Queen Victoria Building  the colonial-style shopping centre made of red stone. To the north of the centre there is The Rocks inner-city suburb, historic suburbs from which Sydney started. The area contains lots of private bars and restaurants and leads to the Harbour Bridge (by the way, its still nicknamed The Coathanger). Having crossed the bridge, we get to the scenic shore, then our route lies through the underwater tunnel (it lies 21 meters below the sea level), Kings Cross  the centre for Sydney nightlife, and the Australian oldest park  Hyde Park. The excursion stops at the James Cook monument which is a good starting point for the catamaran cruise around the Port Jackson harbour. Sydney is a huge city which contains a great amount of interesting cultural objects. Its impossible to observe them all, but if you have the time, visit the Australian National Maritime Museum to find out interesting facts about the sea, the boats and even surfboard. Speaking of surfing: waves are excellentFind Article, but you should never relax you vigilance.

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