Monday, 28 February 2011

Sydney

Last post from my trip in Oz. Sadly it's all a bit of a distant memory now, I've been a little slow to post. But it's nice to re-live the the trip, and Sydney was a great way to end the trip.
Sydney is incredible. It's everything the brochure says and then more: sun, endless beaches, relaxed atmosphere, great food, and, oh year, that Opera House –
It's a pretty grand structure and along with a ticket to a show we got a free tour! Kinda cheesey, but it's got a pretty interesting history and the architecture on the inside is wonderful.
So I took a lotta shots, but hopefully got some less familiar angles.
It's quite lovely, huh?
And of course the views are just incredible.
Details, of the tiles that make up the roof.
Bridge, and Opera House, Opera House and Bridge...
And more lovely interior concrete sculptured ceiling detail.
It's all happening, on a Friday evening.
And that was The Holiday! Now it's back to reality and back to posting about other things on this side of the globe. Thanks to my family, friends, and the darling Mr E for making this holiday the most wonderful and truly unforgettable month!



Thursday, 24 February 2011

Manly

A lovely little day trip is to Manly, just hop on a ferry from Circular Quay.
You'll get some fabulous views of the Opera House and city behind it from the water.
Approaching Manly.
Once you arrive, you need to cut across to the other side where the main beach is. There's an information booth close by, they can point you in the right direction, fear not.
We arrived rather late in the day and headed to a brunch spot friends recommended, The Bowery, around the bend. Facing the beach just follow it around to the right hand side and around the coast line.
And keep your eye out for these guys, sun-baking themselves on hot rocks.
This photo was taken in front The Bowery, wonderful to sit back and watch the world go by. The Bower Restaurant: 7 Marine Parade, Manly, Australia. Tel +61 2 9977 5451.
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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Bondi to Bronte

Bondi beach, of course, it's Sydney, a city that live and breathes beach culture. And why? Because there's are more beaches that you could ever imagine in this the most idyllic of city locations. If I were a beach-lovin' sun-seeking surfer-chic this would be the only place to be!
However, I am no such creature so spending a few days in this city was ample. If you are indeed a beach-lover then no trip to Sydney is complete without heading to Bondi (a no-brainer) but then also continuing to walk around following the cliffs.
From Bondi you arrive at Tamarama, pictured below.
Then further along you come to Bronte. Bronte has a lovely little run of cafes. The bus stop is right by the cafes to take you back to the city when you're done.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Surry Hills

Here we are in Surry Hills in Sydney! Sydney has such a different feel to Melbourne, but I liked the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills. It's cosy but has some nice shops and restaurants.
Once restaurant we went to on local friends of ours was Billy Kwong. The food was incredible.
There are some lovely shops scattered about in Surry Hills, so go for a wander and keep your eyes peeled.
Billy Kwong: Shop 3, 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Australia. tel: +61 2 9332 3300.
Word to the wise - Billy Kwong is a no-bookings restaurant except for one table, which seats 6–8 people and can be booked at 6pm or 8.30pm (the 6pm booking needs to vacate the table by 8.30pm). To book, telephone only. between 10am and 5pm. Otherwise turn up just before 6pm and then wait in line to book your table for the evening.

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Great Ocean road

This is the last post from Victoria. After running around the city for a few days we took some time out to head up the coast along The Great Ocean Road. I've been wanting to do this journey for a long time so I was really happy to realize this dream.
This trip will take you along some truly spectacular coastline and to the Twelve Apostles.
It took about 5 hours to drive down, but there was a lot of holiday traffic also to contend with.
The coastline and beaches are really incredible. And my words can hardly do the place justice. Even the photos only show you a fraction of your surrounds. I was really in awe of these towering cliffs and the magnificent scale of them and the coastline around me.
Gorgeous crystal clear waters.
And the Apostles.
I also really loved the coastal flora as well, a lovely strip of endless shades of green and varying leafy textures. Lush.
There's a viewing platform in the heart of the Apostles which gives you a fantastic vantage point right out at the furthest point of the coastline.
Just take a look at this!
Incredible, huh?
And here's this lovely textured foliage again...
Super zoom...
And that's it for Victoria. Next stop, Sydney!