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26 May 2018

After our first day in SYD - we slept "pretty" well. Our apartment backed to an alley way and although the closest bar was around the corner - it must have been a cut through for a few "overserved" blokes.

Jim graciously adventured out early for breakfast takeaway - breakfast pies (savory egg and sausage) and flat white. What could be better.

We wandered the eclectic neighborhood a bit before heading to the waterfront for our trip to Manley.

(You might be asking yourself -"Why are they going to Manley?.... Well...back up about 10 days.

On our sailing trip in the Whitsundays , we met a great couple (Jacinta and Mike) from Sydney. As we were getting ready to say our goodbyes that evening, they asked if we'd like to have dinner at Mike's parent's house (in Manly) when we were in town. Of course, my "Yank" reaction was, "of course, but don't you think you should ask them first?"...their response..."oh no..it will be fine!! But they are on a cruise right now, so we'll check with them when they get back." Have I told you... I love Australians!!!

A few days later, Jacinta got in touch and the invitation confirmed for today. Our plan: take the ferry to Manley a little early and Jim and I would check out "Taste of Manley" (which is a yearly Wine and Food Fest along the Manly beach front) and then we'd meet up with Mike and Jacinta there.

We decided to take the metro (which was just around the corner from our apartment) to Circular Quay to catch the ferry to Manley. As we got on the metro, we noticed a police officer dressed in, what I'd call. SWAT gear. I looked around - feeling a bit uncomfortable. Being that it was VIVID and since I had not been watching the TV - I hadn't heard of any threats. Hmmm.. We went to get off the metro and a woman and a man were also getting off at the same time. They were dressed very nicely (me thinking - oh, maybe they are going to a wedding)- we smiled at each other and we exited..but then I noticed following them were three really large men in suits with ear pieces. Thought to self... "Well...this person must be really important".

When we transferred to our next train - I google Australian Prime Minister - I'm embarrassed to say that I had no idea who the PM of Australia was or what he looked like....even though I was standing right next to him. (Our little brush with "celebrity" while in AU)

On to Manley....the ferry ride was beautiful, chatted with a nice Mom and her precious daughter, passed a sailboat race and viewed Sydney from a different angle. We arrived into their ferry terminal and walked the few blocks to the beach and the festival. Wine and food booths lined the promenade. Buying a glass for $5 entitled you to refill at any booth for an additional $5. The lines were a bit long but really moved quite quickly. Sunny but a bit cool, it was a lovely day to hang out on the waterfront, enjoy the wine and music.


Mike and Jacinta joined us shortly after we arrived. Mike grew up in Manly and he reminisced as we walked through the town towards his car. We toured a little of the small town and then headed to meet his parents, John and Sue O'Brien.

What a lovely evening....we enjoyed our feast while sitting outside - sharing stories and wine. Being about the same age, John and Sue shared our love of travel, photography and good food - we had a lot in common. John is retired Navy photographer and shared some of photos with us.
I could not have planned a more perfect way to wrap up our trip to OZ....


The evening ended way too soon but there was a ferry to catch...and more VIVID as we approached the city.

27 May 2018

More pies for breakfast and it was on to our scheduled Sydney Opera House tour. What a fantastic structure. The tour talks in depth about the history of the building, which is much older than I realized. The project actually started in 1956. My only regret is that we didn't have a chance to see a show there - next time.


IT was time for lunch and Jacinta and Mike at recommended the Glenmore Inn for brunch. Built in the 1920's and located up a rock stairway in the "Rocks" area, it has an awesome view of the harbor from it's rooftop deck. As expected, it was crowded, but we we able to get seats, enjoy the sun and a really good brunch.


What to do for our final afternoon???? There are a ton of ferries leaving from the Sydney Harbor - we decided to see when the next one would leave and just take it....hence, our "Ferry to no where" cruise. We got off near the Maritime Museum, walked the back along the Barangaroo area before making our way back to our apartment. Sadly, it was time to pack and get ready for our early morning flight home.


But...not before a dinner which again we chose - DUMPLINGS!! I know, it seems a bit redundant but I haven't found a place to get xiao long boa in Tucson, so I grab it where every I can.


We ended up at Dumplings and Beers. Down a neighborhood side street, it was another "very narrow" cafe, Good food and a fun vibe.

12 August 2018

Fast forward three months, life has been crazy and we're heading out today for another trip. It's taken me a while to finish up Australia - I think it was because it was hard to say "Good-bye" to such a wonderful trip....

Now ...heading east instead of west....next posting ........ Ireland

Posted by pjburke 07:41 Archived in Australia

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