Friday Favorites: Sydney Tour Guide Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

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Now back to business- I just arrived back in Brisbane today from spending the past four days showing my lovely mother and sister in law around Sydney. We had a fabulous trip and figured it only appropriate to share my top five moments from the week for my Friday Favorites…

1. Strolling through Manly

Our first day in Sydney we took the iconic Manly ferry from Circular Quay to take a wander around the beach town. The views of the Opera house and Harbour Bridge from the ferry alone are worth your ticket fare.

IMG_2217The only other time I have visited Manly was in the summer when it was scorchingly hot outside and all we wanted to was lay on the beach. It was fun to stroll around in the crisp fall weather and enjoy a different perspective.

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2. Best Walk Ever

If you aren’t a stranger around these parts (blog parts that is) then you know how much I love the Coogee to Bondi Beach Walk. I mean I have talked about it here, here AND here. The views and weather made for a pretty stunning Wednesday morning walk.

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IMG_21803. Birdcage Alley

I have seen pictures of this art installment multiple times and haven’t had the chance to find it yet. I was glad that we had plenty of time this week to go seek it out. Tucked in an alley in the middle of the CBD are hundreds of birdcages suspended in air. There is also a pub conveniently located around the corner for a post-viewing beverage.

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After we checked out Manly, Coogee-Bondi, Opera House, The Rocks and the Botanical Gardens we were looking for a unique, local spot to spend the afternoon. I remembered hearing about the artsy, hipster suburb of Newtown and figured we could scope it out. We wandered aimlessly through the grafittied streets, admiring the old architecture and funky shops. We went on a street art scavenger hunt and eventually broke for a delicious snack of Turkish bread and dips (with a side of vino, of course).

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5. Sydney Opera House Tour

Friday morning we scheduled a tour of the Sydney Opera House before our flight. I was skeptical at first if it would be worth waking up extra early for, but it did not disappoint. Since we went to the first tour we were able to have access to the two main theaters that are often off limits due to performances. In just under an hour we learned all sorts of facts and tidbits about Australia’s most frequented landmark. I will be posting more on what we learned later but it was definitely worth our while.
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Linking up with Andrea, Heather and Natasha for Friday Favorites!

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Sydney: Night at the Opera House

Happy Friday 🙂 As you are reading this we (hopefully) will be bundled up in my parent’s house in London. I can’t wait! But for now, let’s get back to Sydney…

As I mentioned in my previous Sydney post, as we were laying on the beach Friday afternoon we decided to buy tickets for a play at the Opera House. We hadn’t heard of anything that was playing but we figured it would be fun just to go.

We bought tickets to Switzerland, a suspenseful physcological thriller inspired by the author (and Texan) of The Incredible Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith. I figured suspense = me staying awake.

After our post beach nap we really didn’t have much time for dinner so we decided to just go to a restaurant by the Opera House. Bad idea. After spending $80 on a tiny salad (Travis) and a few strips of mediocre kangaroo (me) we were starving and grouchy. So we ended up here…

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A crepe food truck. We waited for almost thirty minutes for a chocolate crepe (not even Nutella) and it was not worth it. I did finish it though…

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I mean I would hate for our $9 to go to waste. Moral of the story: give yourself time to get dinner somewhere with a good recommendation (most likely not right in front of the Opera House).

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Here we are before the play. Travis was worried about wearing jeans but then I showed him this…

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As long as you have shoes, you’re good. I wasn’t joking here when I said Australians love to go barefoot.

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The play was in one of the smaller theaters but our seat were great! It was a two person play with no intermission but it definitely held your attention and kept you thinking even after you left. I would have enjoyed it even more if the gentleman on the other side of me had not made himself at home halfway in my seat.

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When we got out it was dark outside and the Opera House and Harbour Bridge were all lit up. It was so pretty (and chilly), it almost felt like it was November. Almost. Then I felt the heat from my awkward knee sunburn radiating through my jeans.

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We ended the night walking around The Rocks and popping into Fortune of War- which boasts itself as the oldest bar in Sydney. It was an old hotel that was turned into a pub, it also proved to be a prime people watching spot.

The next day was my favorite- get ready for picture overload later this week!