Pink Converse's in The Blue Mountains
Trip Start Nov 01, 2010
47Trip End Nov 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
Lurline House Katoomba
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
With the end of my 6 month contract looming we decided to take a few days break and maybe go away for a 3 day break. I finished up work Tuesday 19th July, had a bit of a work leaving do in the Senate Bar GPO, below work. A few guys from my team (Cheryl, Dale, Ange, Goce, Deryck, Andrew, Horacio and Peter) joined me along with some of the footballers I'd become good friends with. (Kiran, Gil, Stevey & Matt). It was good craic especially when your boss waves the magic company card ;)
Arrived home that night, crashed out, then it was up and packing. Caoimhe had decided to take 3 days of work so it all worked out perfect. Our destination, we basically couldn’t leave it alone, Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains. We couldn’t overlook Lurline House B&B either [http://www.lurlinehouse.com.au/], we fell in love with the place a few months ago
We arrived at Katoomba, would have frozen the balls clean off a brass monkey. No snow, but plenty of sleet. Peter the B&B owner picked us up, same drill as last time as we opted for public transport over car hire.
On arrival he announced that even though we’d booked a standard room, the spa room was available and so he upgraded us. Legendary. Felt like hugging they guy only not really sure if he’d appreciate it. He was quite posh and very softly spoken. I doubt he be the kind stumbling about on a Friday night with 7 yegga b0mbs in him :P
Anyways got sorted out, unpacked and went for a dander up the street. Rain and sleet was pouring down, which was a bit sh1t but we were well wrapped up. With it being a Wednesday night the place wasn’t exactly ready for lift off but we managed to find a small restaurant with some lights on
Afterwards, we dodged on up the street and found a bar still open, an “Irish bar” surprisingly enough where I had a nice pint of the black stuff. Rounded the 1st night off nicely. We took a peak out the bar door, bucketing down – sack this for a game of darts – Taxiiii….
We hadn’t bumped into Ernie just yet (our bearded taxi driver from a previous trip) but instead got another driver. We asked if he knew Ernie and with it being a small mountain village and all, sure he knew him well. He was able to tell us all about Ernie and his 10 years spent living on a commune which explains a whole pile of stuff now thinking back haha, he was a little legend. Our driver informed us he'd left the commune over an argument which started over a donkey eating all the vegetables….lol
I think the best feeling was actually being off work for a few days
Got up early the next morning around 8am and decided to go for a run down to echo point and down the giant staircase to the 3 sisters. Felt very eerie as I was the only person in the entire area and usually the place was jammed with tourists. Eventually got back to the B&B (managed to run ok considering I cracked my rib 3 days previous, disaster) showered and then the mc daddy breakfast was ready for us. The breakfasts rock in this place!
Back to the room, chilled and the got ready for the hike. It was about 2 degrees and drizzling down non-stop but we were determined to see more of the Blue Mountains this time. We walked under the arch in the direction of the 3 sisters giant stair case only this time veering left and ventured onto the Prince Henry Cliff Walk. (Practicing for NZ) [http://www.greaterbluemountainsdrive.com.au/product-details.php?atdw=9109029]
There were various viewpoints (honeymoon lookout) along the way and we stopped for break or 2 or 3 – spectacular views, taking a few photos
We were plastered in mud, luckily though Caoimhe had excellent climbing footwear, a pink pair of converses! lol some craic. Weirdly we only bumped into a handful of other people, because we are hardcore hike masters obviously.
We had been tracking for about 3 hours by the time we got back to echo point. On the way back to Lurline House a very wet Brian and Caoimhe took a detour into the “Chocolate Factory” for a hot chocolate to warm us up. We’d been to the place before on Valentines weekend, where I stole Caoimhe’s heart….
Back to the cosy B&B, scrubbed up, and were ready to head out for a feed. A common theme was appearing here, walking, running, sleeping and eating, it was finding that fine balance haha
There was joint nearby, which came highly rated, The Swiss Cottage. [http://www.swisscottage.com.au/] – weirdly the place didn’t accept credit cards which was odd considering it was basically in the middle of nowhere with no ATMs around and the reason we didn’t actually go the night before
The lady who served us (daughter in law of the owner) was very friendly and we had good banter with her, food was fairly pricey (It was no ‘meal deal’ Rory Hill will like this) – but was well worth it, and to top it off it was BYO – we’d red wine, white wine, beer, you name it we had/drunk it ;)
We awoke the following morning, feeling very refreshed , breakfast round 2 (fit for a king I tell ya), Peter left us off at Katoomba train station and it was Sydney bound, for the worst rain fall in July for, wait for it, 61 years ! Yip you can blame us! ;)
Great little break, ahead of a chilled out weekend planning more of our Fiji Itinerary and an action plan as to how in the name of God we are going to ship all our stuff home without actually needing our own private ship!
A Drenched but very happy Brian & Caoimhe
P.S The converses have just been through wash no.3 – they are getting there ! There is a glimmer of hope that they will be once again, pink!