Surf in Sydney!

Trip Start Nov 25, 2004
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Trip End Jan 26, 2005


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Thursday, June 2, 2005

On the move again, we landed in Sydney airport and before we´d even got our bags, Val managed to find us with the biggest smile ever, the sun was shining, fun was to be had in Sydney we were sure of that! We headed out to find Terry in his cool car and headed straight out to Watson´s Bay...abit of a posh district with amazing views looking straight across at the Harbour Bridge! It was an amazing intro to the city and we sat and had fish & chips on a wall with the best view! We couldn´t believe the weather either...seriously blue skies! Perfect!

We wandered around the headland, then headed to the Botanical Gardens and walked around to the Opera House! The Botanical Gardens are really lovely with cockateels flying everywhere & lots of bats hanging from the trees but the Opera House and the whole Harbour area is just amazing! I fell in love with it immediately and felt really sentimental knowing that so many of our friends have lived and worked in Sydney! Awwww! Terry became our stalker photographer for the whole of our time in Sydney which our parents will be happy about it as there are lots (and I mean lots) of piccies of me & Paul! It was like being back on our wedding day again but GREAT! We decided to have a couple of drinks down by the Opera House to wait for sunset which was awesome and headed back to our home for the next few days! It was so nice staying in a home...awwww! In the evening, we headed out for pizza and came back for an early night in preparation for our day out at Koogee!

SUN, SUN, SUN...again! Excellent as today we headed to Koogee for a beach BBQ and a coastal walk around to Bondi to try and spot some whales! The BBQ was FAB...we had ´shrimps on the barbie´, huge snags and the best feta salad ever thanks to Val´s culinary skills! Highly amusing as the boys took control of the BBQ! Some things are the same the world over! The walk to Bondi was beautiful and Paul had a good old reminisce back to the BVS Oz & SE Asia tour in 2000! He repeated his birthday exercises and we all made it past where MJ had to turn back!!! Paul braved the freezing waters and went for a swim too...I took the photos...well someones got to and at Bondi we treated ourselves to huge icecreams! Yummmy! No whales unfortunately unless you count Paul swimming!!!!

We zoomed back to Val & Terry´s on the bus & doubledecker tube (novel!) and got changed v quickly to head out on a leaving do with Val for one of her friend´s from work! On the beers again, we met up with Best Friend who is possibly the worst pool player I have ever seen (sorry Sarah!) and had a good giggle messing around in the pub! Later on in the evening and feeling rather tiddly, we had a date across town in the fine dining restaurant where Terry works! It´s called¨"Aria" http://www.ariarestaurant.com/main/ and it must have the best location out of any restaurant in Sydney, you look through its floor to ceiling windows straight onto the Opera House and Harbour Bridge! Stunning! Terry made us some amazing Martini cocktails, I had caramel, Paul had Turkish Delight & Sarah had Apple and the flavours were out of this world! It was an amazing thing to experience although the barman could have been a bit better! (Hee!Hee!) Think we´d seriously struggle to afford to eat there! After Terry had finished, we all wandered back to the car and Terry took some seriously excellent pictures of the Harbour Bridge at night! FAB day!!!! Whatever next????

Very hungover the next day, we were spoilt with a full fry-up in the garden! Yum yum! We then headed to the lovely markets on Oxford Street where we could have spent some serious money! It was great wandering around though and pretending we could! We then walked around to Darling Harbour taking in the sunshine and the sites, bought a cool photo picture in sepia of the Harbour Bridge and then went to meet Terry for a picnic lunch infront of the Contemporary Art Museum! We´d bought lunch in chinatown earlier so dug in and watched the street performers including a steel drum artist playing ABBA! After more icecream (yes we are addicted!), we jumped on the ferry to Manley (got bored to death by an Irish girl sat behind us!) and headed to the beach where the Manley food & wine festival was going on! We sat on a wall soaking up the atmosphere after I´d managed to get drenched concentrating so hard to take a photo that I failed to notice the big wave coming towards me! Much to the amusement of everyone else! After a quick stop at the dollar shop and some random v cheap purchases of 2 beanies, a scarf, gloves and an inflatable pillow, we ran back to the station to jump on a boat back to town! I swear I will never forget the site as you turn the corner at night and see the opera house and harbour bridge all lit up sparkling infront of you! Sydney has to have the best location of pretty much any city in the world! We had yet another lovely evening with dinner at the local pub watching rugby league and topped off with the Incredibles DVD and popcorn back at the house! HEAVEN!

So our last full day in Oz arrived and what a way to spend it...up in the Blue Mountains! We went to some amazing viewpoints some a little more off the beaten track which was cool! Obviously went to see the 3 Sisters as well! We stopped off at a very quaint little village called Leura and walked around one of those real olde worlde sweet shops where you could get everything from childhood...highland toffee bars, sherbert fountains..you name it you could buy it here! We had a yummy picnic again made up of salami, turkish bread, spinach & garlic dip and sun dried tomatoes! Mmmmm! Harriet thought of you! And took some very amusing photos! For our last stop of the day, we wandered out to a waterfall more even more silly photos and a breathless climb back to the car! A parking ticket later and some great views of the 3 Sisters at Night (??????)...do you remember being able to buy those postcards which were all black and say Newquay at Night, etc..well it was exactly that! Think they used to be lit up at one point but it certainly wasn't that night! Our last meal in Sydney was in a very cool pub which had a converted thai garden downstairs with scrummy food and best of all for Paul, it was just off Bedford Street!!!! And then it was back to pack....
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