right, so my first batch of australia photos! i started with 1000, whittled it down to 400 good ones and i'm sharing some of my favourites with you! after a gruelling 24 hour journey we arrive in sydney to a brisk morning more reminiscent of london town than australia. my last visit to aus had been for an extended christmas break of scorching temperatures, so despite knowing we were arriving to an australian winter we were still caught out by the chilly air!
that first day was such a slog, having arrived at 6am we wanted to make the most of our first day and resisted sleeping until the evening. mooching around the botantical gardens was beautiful, and i saw my first flying fox - massive massive bats! and there were squillions of them resting in the palm trees, so many it kind of made my skin crawl. you know what i mean? how a large number of animals in one place is kind of.....creepy? i LOVED the succulent area and i am now inspired to smother my desk in succulents and cactus, though sadly our frosty winters would kill them all. maybe i could have a succulent shelf? my jetlag nearly got the best of me as i fell asleep whilst sat on the edge of the circular quay, like a narcoleptic i was suddenly asleep and beginning to topple back into the water! luckily i woke as quickly as i fell asleep and promptly moved back from the edge...
anyways...sydney was lovely. it seemed like a petite city...maybe we didn't explore it all or maybe i'm used to the sprawling nature of london. but i'm in love with the idea of a beach within a city. yes yes we have seaside city and towns here in england which have their own, very english, charm. but we never have the vibrancy of colour. the eternally blue (at least for my holiday!) skys and the seas with a touch of turquoise. it's almost as if the sun is different in australia, the colours all look so different. maybe it is, i don't know.
and the opera house is fab! every evening in sydney we spent our time supping bottles of jack daniels (love the pre mixers!) down on the waters edge watching the sun go down, listening to the waft of jazz from the bars and the chatter of city folk drinking their after work cocktails....
if you find yourself in sydney my recommendations for visiting would be to:
1) wander down from hyde park, through the botanical gardens and down to the opera house. it only takes around 20-30mins and it really is a lovely walk.
2) take a boat trip out to manly and explore the lovely cove and rambly walks down to the right of the main beach. and the views of the opera house and harbour bridge really are stunning when the boat brings you back.
3) go for food in potts points. lots of lovely restaurants, classy delis and wistful window shopping. if i ever move to sydney this is where i intend to live.
here are some photos of our exploration of sydney, mainly the opera house, the harbour bridge, manly, bondi beach, a delicious banoffee pie and our gigantic bottle of makers mark! hope you enjoy.
more photos to come! i've got snapshots of the blue mountains and brisbane just waiting to be loaded...