Oh Australia. How I love you. I was recently able to take a "holiday" to Sydney, Australia. It's a place most Americans dream of visiting and let me tell you, it met all of my expectations. Between the food, sites, beaches, coffee, weather, and people...it is a dream. Any place that uses the word "shire" to explain where the locals are from has to be cool.
I have to be honest, I was way more "in the moment" on this holiday (as it should be)...so the camera didn't get picked up a lot. It was non stop and I'm so glad I soaked in everything that I did. Here are just a few mentions of some of the places Jared and I visited on our trip to his homeland.
BONDI TO BRONTE COASTAL WALK
This walk is six kilometers of beautiful beaches. Each time we rounded a corner, I couldn't believe what was in front of me.
Newtown is a trendy little area with multi-cultural restaurants and lots of shopping. I loved the variety of shops...they had plenty of vintage stores and then "not your norm" high-end fashion mixed with affordable trendy stores.
THE BRONZE SNAKE SHOP
Lots and lots of stripes and torn short shorts at The Bronze Snake Shop. Everyone in Newtown had a bag from this place and once I got there I realized why...unbelievably affordable!
THE COLLECTIVE ENSEMBLE
THE VINTAGE DRAWER
COOKIES + MILK
DOWN THE COAST
We took a trip south and visited a dream of mine, the Sea Cliff Bridge, along the way. We proceeded to the quaint little town and beaches of Milton.
We spent a surreal afternoon at the family owned Cupitt's Winery. Everything about this place felt like I was back in Italy -- from the refreshing breeze, acres of lush land, the chill jazz band, homemade wine, olives, restored wood, and the feeling of community.
After a swim at Narrawallee Beach one day, we grabbed a Lamington and a fabulous coffee at Coastal Indulgence in downtown Milton. Dreamy coastal stores.
I had to grab a Frankie magazine. And if anyone knows my life theme "I am enough for today"...you know why I had to grab this Peppermint as well.
GOOD FOOD MATE
As with any holiday, life revolves around food. Every visitor has to try the traditional Aussie treats like meat pies, sausage rolls, pavlova, acai bowls, etc. Here are a few of the places we visited.
This tea drinker drank about 4 cups of coffee a day because the difference in their quality of coffee blew me away. HAM and Grind were the favs.
That's it for now. So many more things I could post...ahh! Be sure to check out the next post where I show off our New Zealand trip!