Super Sexy Sydney

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hello from Sydney,

The thing about Sydney is the fact that she knows that she is gorgeous and as soon as you step foot here you will grow to love her more and more. Sydney is an iconic city, one that blows you away and makes you realise how lucky you are to be there. Most people only ever get to see the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge on T.V or on photo’s, so when you see it in person it really feels surreal and blows you away. It’s not like either of them are beautiful up close and personal but because they are so iconic and are the major make-up of this city it really made us think “Wow, we are really here, we really are the other side of the world and the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are right there”!!!

Although we have been travelling for 6 months now we have rarely felt like this, maybe only on our first day in Mexico City, Rio and Machu Picchu. Apart from these places, it has seemed as if we have travelled half-conscience and we don’t really reflect upon where we are and what we have seen. Sydney doesn’t give you the opportunity to do this, it just smashes you in the face with all its beauty and symbolic buildings. We had set aside 6 days here, but as there is so much to do we were worried it wasn’t going to be enough.

On our first full day we went to visit the major iconic places the city has to offer, The Opera House, The Harbour Bridge, The Rocks (old town), Circular Quay, the city centre itself and The Royal Botanical Gardens. You could say by the end of the day we were off our feet. But the day wasn’t over as whilst we were walking through the Botanical Gardens we noticed that there was an open air cinema. The screen was strategically set so it would have the city on the left side and both the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge on the right side as a backdrop, possibly making this the most stunning cinema in the whole world!!! Tickets are sold-out months in advance but luckily for us we bumped into a man that was touting them for less than ticket value, I’d put it down to fate!!! So after rushing back into the city to buy a picnic we settled down to watch Paul amongst 1,000 people below the stars with an unbelievable view of this iconic city, best night ever!

The next day was a hot one, so after visiting Paddy Market we got the bus to probably the most popular beach in the world, Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach really is a beautiful beach and one of the best we have been on so far during our travels (apart from Pria da Sono in Paraty). It was a Saturday so it was packed with people but as it is so large it didn’t feel cramped at all. After a few hours of sunbathing, swimming whilst keeping an eye out for a Great White Shark, and wishing that we had our own surfboards (man we were addicted) we walked along to get some good old fish and chips, plus an ice-cream.

On Sunday we made our way over to the Manly, a very cute town that is a short ferry trip across the water from the city centre. Here is where I met my good friend James Turner. James had travelled Australia once leaving college and lived in Manly before having to go back home. Once returning back home he sensibly got another VISA and come back to live and work in Manly, and I tell you something; I don’t blame him. It’s an amazing place to live and start your life. It was really good to catch up with James and to see a familiar face. It was even better to see how happy he is and for him to show us around. That day he took us to Shelly Beach, and Manly Beach before having a few drinks and dinner. On the ferry back to the city we had an amazing sunset that made for some perfect pictures.

That evening we made our way to Tropfest, the world’s biggest short film festival. This was taking place in the Domain of the Botanical Gardens and had been going on all day. By the time we had arrived there were around 100,000 people all settled down on the ground waiting for the 1st of 16 short films to be played. All the films were of really good quality and this was no youtube rubbish. Our favourite was Animal Beatbox which was voted as the winner

Here are our favourites:

Animal Beatbox: (

Y2Gay: (

Bird Therapy (

All very funny! So after a fun night that ended around 11.00pm we made our way back to the hostel.

The next day (Monday) we had arranged to meet up with Darcy and Steve, a Canadian couple that we had met in Guatemala, some 5 months ago. We were really excited to see them as we got on so well and couldn’t wait to exchange stories and experiences. The girls slipped straight into their habit of talking whilst walking along and not actually paying attention to where they were actually going, something that made us all laugh back in Guatemala. That morning we went for coffee and chatted for ages until it was time for us to say a rather sad goodbye. If you are reading this we wish you the best of luck with cycling around New Zealand and we look forward to seeing you in Canada!!!

For our final day in Sydney we decided to have a little lay-in as we were so tired from the four full packed days we had here. In the afternoon we wondered down to the city to take some final photo’s before trying to get Opera Tickets to see Carmen at the Sydney Opera House. Unfortunately, they were sold out so after 6 months of self catering we decided to eat out for dinner. We managed to find a nice place that sold steak and chips with a drink for $15, not bad for Australian prices. Whilst there we got talking to an old English couple that were travelling the world with their pension. They were so kind to buy us a bottle of wine to share and we spent the rest of the night talking to them. We promised to return the favour another day. Before heading off home we went to a café in The Rocks to eat some big fat cheese cake and chocolate meringue with tea and coffee. After agreeing that we are too old before our time we headed home for a night cap and an electric blanket.

Our time in Sydney was a pretty amazing one, and one that will brings us back for more.

Love Grandad Thomas and Nanny Hollie x x x
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Penny Bibby on

Fantastic photos Thomas & Hollie really would like to go there you are so lucky. xxx

nan @grandad on

hi to both of you my god you are having a great time only wish we were wlth you can you see nan on the surf bourd///

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