Back to reality, yall! I was ready to sleep in my own bed (and see Barr), but was sad to leave such a fun ten days behind me. I have a slew of pictures, stories, and itinerary/activity ideas for those of you interested in visiting Sydney and/or Adelaide/South Australia wine country. If you are in this part of the world, I recommend both trips! 🙂
So you got a quick sneak peek into our Blanton weekend o’ fun in Sydney, but my next two posts will outline our activities and where we ate (duh) – along with lots of pics (again, duh). So without further ado…
I arrived on Thursday morning (Barr was slated to arrive later in the evening) into Sydney to gorgeous weather. It had been a bit chillier in Perth so the 70F temps were a welcome change! Our hotel was in an area of the city called the Rocks, which is basically one of the more historic areas of Sydney and also is nearby to the Opera House and Harbor Bridge — I really loved the location! Being close to Circular Quay was huge, and being able to see the bridge and Opera House from our hotel was a big plus!
Even though I am still on my no sugar plan, I did deviate a bit during my trip – you only live once, right? Multiple folks and guide books recommended Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie and his famous macarons – obviously I was on board, and they didnt disappoint – the flavors are so unique; I limited myself to just one (rudy grapefruit and jasmine flavor), but they all looked amazing 🙂
I walked around the Rocks after my treat to work off the treat, and stumbled onto a great little late lunch spot called the Fine Food Store, where they had plenty of gluten free sandwich (Aussie speak = toasties) options – not to mention some great coffee, which was much needed after my 5AM flight!
Barr arrived later that evening and we promptly hit the hay as we had an early morning ahead of us: we had a Sydney Fish Market behind the scenes tour bright and early at 6:45AM! I wish I could have taken some more pictures inside the fish market, but during the bidding process and within the actual market with all the seafood, photography is prohibited.
But watching the folks bidding upwards of thousands of dollars on large or rare fish was pretty cool! The tour itself was also a treat – our guide walked us down by the auction and through the different crates of exotic (and not so exotic) seafood, teaching us little tidbits about the fishing process, recipes, and other interesting information along the way.
One of my favorite parts of the tour was watching a chef take a giant tuna, fresh from the auction, carve it up within two minutes, and get to try a small bite of the fresh, raw tuna:
After the tour, we grabbed a quick breakfast at Bill’s in Surrey Hills – I wish I had been “that person” and taken pictures of our food, but I was remiss. Suffice it to say that should you ever find yourself in Sydney, run – dont walk to Bill’s!
Bummer that Barr had to go off to work after breakfast, but I had the plan to head to the world famous Taronga Zoo. You can drive to the zoo, but I would recommend taking the ferry. I grabbed the express ferry from Circular Quay straight to the zoo. You can buy a ferry ticket in combination with a zoo ticket – couldnt be easier! Not to mention the views looking back on the city from the water en route to the zoo are breathtaking. The zoo itself is nice enough, but the views from zoo are what make it so special. As you can see:
And of course, some of the animals:
A friend had said that if you’re in Sydney and can catch a performance at the Sydney Opera House, do it – so we did 🙂
Miraculously enough, it was a performance that I (and even Barr! Bless him – such a trooper) were super excited about: Beethoven’s Emperor (Concerto no. 5). (Side story: growing up, my parents read this super cute story to my sister and I called Beethoven Lives Upstairs; I still remember that book to this day and educated my sweet husband on some of the biographical points of Beethoven’s life from recalling that story). Sadly, I only got one shot of the inside of the performance, but hearing Beethoven performed in the Sydney Opera House is a memory I will cherish forever.
Prior to the performance, we grabbed a drink at the Opera Bar, which is adjacent to the opera house. I had done a run earlier in the afternoon by the strip of restaurants/bar, including Opera Bar, and it was packed all day and night. There was a little live band playing some fun music and the cocktails went down a treat. And of course, the view of the opera house and Harbor Bridge were pretty cool!
So there you have it – our first two days in Sydney: pretty packed, and we wouldnt have changed a thing! Stay tuned tomorrow for the final two days of the Sydney trip 🙂 Until next time…