G’day Sydney!

After a LONG two days of traveling we finally arrived in Sydney.  Fall is just beginning and the weather is beautiful.  It feels very strange to see the leaves changing and stores pushing boots and sweaters.

The Sydney Harbor Bridge

The Sydney Harbor Bridge

After we got to our hotel we strolled down to the waterfront to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House. We sat in the sunshine soaking up the view and people watching.

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Our hotel is across from Hyde Park, Australia’s oldest park.  It is huge with just over 40 acres of wide open space in the heart of central Sydney.  Yesterday, sunbathers filled the park, lazily soaking up the sun’s rays. Hyde Park is home to hundreds of big, leafy trees the biggest of which are grand old figs, some stretching as tall as 80some feet. photo-1

One of my favorite parts of Sydney so far is Surry Hills, an inner-city suburb with great cafes, restaurants and shopping.  We spent an afternoon here, drinking tall blacks and ginger tea at Parma and enjoying some ridiculously good spicy chili oil and salami pizza at Vacanza Pizzeria.  Everyone was enjoying the weather and celebrating Mother’s Day with outdoor brunches.

We are definitely a little messed up from the travel and time change but it is working in our favor when it comes to dinner reservations.  Ready for dinner at 5pm last night, we were able to get into the popular spot: Mejico.  We had a delicious meal of guacamole and plantains, grilled steak with chimichurri,  corn on the cob and a caramel fudge  with orange cream dessert treat.

So far I’m impressed with the friendliness of the Aussies, delicious cuisine and restaurant variety and ease of exploring the city on foot.  Much more to come – thanks for reading!