Reminder to self, winter in Sydney equals some days of rain and clouds – add in the wind and you have a chilly day begging you to stay home and veg out. But being on holiday and dying to see the sights we ignored the signs, jumped in the family bus and ventured out to the Eastern part of Sydney which, compared to Manly is a bit lacking in lustre. Bondi beach is lovely though, with the overcast skies, didn’t present itself at its best. Nonetheless, the drive through the city along the coast shows off Sydney as an amazing city offering the tourist and local alike, fabulous views and always the opportunity to relax, kick back and enjoy the finer side of life.
Off to the Kimberley in the morning, bags and bags are packed more with camping gear and less with clothing. Roger is exhausted, Josh is cooking pumpkin soup, the girls are sipping wine, Ben is cleaning up and Xands is pretending to learn how to cook. Promises to be quite an adventure. And yes, I did say Ben is cleaning up…
Aussie Ibis – lacking a bit of crustacean in their diet
Ok I know that wasn’t exactly what you expected to see of Sydney – well quite frankly neither did we. There’s so much more to this city than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi beach and we plan to do it all.
Running this morning we experienced Aussie as it is – locals greeting you as they pass by, voluntarily with a simple ‘HI’, signs on the running path showing you which side to run – it was clear though that Roger did not notice these as he ran on the grass and on the wrong side of the trail, but we really didn’t expect anything else did we – a well manicured park with waterways at every turn, rolling hills, and finally the crashing of the waves on the white sand, soaking in the crisp sea breeze before returning home. Heaven really.
We’ve been touring Manly, a suburb of Sydney, which gives you the sense of living the island life in a city atmosphere. The relaxed feel, the cool breeze, the closeness of the coast at every point. This place is so different, says my husband. Where in TT black birds, doves and pigeons are a normal sight, here you are delighted by the Lorikeet, Cockatoo, Magpie and the Great White Pelican, just to name a few.
Truly a delight. Enjoy the pics in the gallery on the top of this post.
Thirty* years is a long time, relatively speaking. Thirty hours travel seems like an eternity. Having gotten off to a good and very early start, we managed, through the use of the young legs in our family (Xands and Ben) to get through immigration, customs and immigration, again, in good time. With just a two hour lay over in Miami we were a bit skeptical as to whether or not we’d make our LA connection, imagining Joss at the gate waiting patiently for us. Well no worries, we did.
Welcome to Sydney!
There were some whales jumping in the far distance
North Manly – beaches just a few minutes’ drive from Josh and Jess