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The one with Sydney, Part II

I feel like our trip to Sydney was over before it even began, so with that, Ill start this post saying that Barr and I will absolutely be back in Sydney one of these days – hopefully sooner rather than later! Our final two days in Sydney were just as jam-packed and fun as the first 🙂

One of Barr’s [few] requests for our time in Sydney was to see the trail from Coogee to Bondi. Being a [former] Simpson, I suggested we run it…obviously. So after a late Friday night, we snoozed a little later than usual and then got ready for our little adventure to the beach. If you’re in Sydney and are planning to head to Bondi, definitely check out the trail – run or walk, it’s such a fun and gorgeous way to see the coast.

Icebergs

Icebergs

Post run on Bondi

Post run on Bondi

Barr...my amazing photor! On a Blackberry no less!

Barr…my amazing photor! On a Blackberry no less!

A surfer heading down to the beach

A surfer heading down to the beach

I mean...

I mean…

Icebergs in Bondi - so touristy, but we loved it all the same <3

Icebergs in Bondi – so touristy, but we loved it all the same ❤

Couldnt get enough

Couldnt get enough

After our run, we went to breakfast at Aqua Bar in Bondi. I had read about this spot when I googled “Sydney” and “gluten free restaurants” – they make their own homemade GF bread, and it was every bit as delish as the folks online advised.

From Bondi, we grabbed a cab back to the CBD and did a bit of shopping (Zara, Gap, Uniqlo…stuff we can’t really get in Perth). Following that, we took the ferry across the harbor from Circular Quay to Manly Beach (right as the sun was setting, no less!) – we didnt have time to get out in Manly, but the ferry traverses pretty much the entire harbor, giving you some amazing views (and picture opportunities!)

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Brave souls doing the bridge climb

Brave souls doing the bridge climb

The restaurants/bars along the water, adjacent to the opera house (where Opera Bar is located)

The restaurants/bars along the water, adjacent to the opera house (where Opera Bar is located)

Opera House from the ferry at sunset

Opera House from the ferry at sunset

More gorg views

More gorg views

Love this shot Barr captured

Love this shot Barr captured of the clouds

Super tourist!

Super tourist!

I had made reservations at Sean’s Panorama back in Bondi at the advising of another friend (I loved all the recs, folks! Thank you :)) But before dinner, I had hoped to get a drink at Icebergs, but of course the one night we were there, it was closed for a private event – super bummer! But our disappoints didnt last long because Sean’s was ahhhhmazing!! It’s all farm to table goodness with 2-3 options [only] for each course, giving you the freshest produce/meat/spices possible; the menu also changes week to week, depending on what is in season. The eatery itself is super small and intimate, so you definitely need a reservation.

That brings us to our final day in Sydney 😦 We met a guy from work (and his sweet wife) that Barr had  met in a training in Budapest last summer – they’re native Aussies and local to Sydney, and their brunch recommendation (again, back in Bondi – we couldnt get enough!) of Porch and Parlor was another great one. We laughed because of the four days we were in Sydney, we had three separate meals in Bondi right next door to each other 🙂

After another yummo meal, we had booked a bike tour with Bonza Bike Tours (great idea, Son!) – clearly, I have a thing for bike tours in new cities 🙂 We had signed up for the Sydney Highlights Tour, which was two and a half hours around the top spots of the city. I feel like a broken record, but honestly, I truly do recommend this company and tour (our friends did the longer Sydney Classic Tour which they loved too) – the guide gave our small group some fun tidbits and was an excellent photar, too.

The Blantons do Sydney (via bike)

The Blantons do Sydney (via bike)

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

ANZAC Memorial

ANZAC Memorial

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

Our last activity was a dinner with a sorority sister of mine from Wake and her boyfriend, who also happened to be in town – love Facebook bringing people back together again! I hadnt seen Colleen since we graduated five years ago, so it was so special (not to mention random!) to see her in Australia of all places. We went to Yullis in Surry Hills, a vegetarian (and GF-friendly) restaurant. The menu was really inventive and even if you arent veg, it really hits the spot. The company was fab too 🙂

Bean and I at Yullis!

Bean and I at Yullis!

Welp, there you have it – a big four days in Sydney! It was one of the best cities Barr and I have visited, and hopefully we are blessed with the opportunity to visit again. I also hope you enjoyed the copious amount of pics, as well as a few recommendations. Onward to Adelaide, South Australia! Until next time…

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Nashville Bachelorette Adventures, continued…

Nashville has so much to offer and we took full advantage! After a traditional Southern brunch (thank you all that is good for grits, sweet potato fries, sweet tea, and BBQ with biscuits) at Puckett’s Grocery in downtown. I know I say it a lot, but nom nom nom!!!

 

Exploring downtown

Exploring downtown

We needed to burn off some of the friend green beans (this is a real thing), and whoa! I had planned a bike tour for our little bachelorette and co. I use Trip Advisor religiously, and Green Fleet Bicycle Shop and Tours had stellar reviews – signed, sealed, delivered! This was absolutely one of the weekend highlights; I booked a private tour for our group of seven, and thankfully we had great weather (I’ve become a bit of a cold weather wimp, so I was most concerned in the days leading up to this outdoorsy excursion). I won’t go into too much of a lengthy review (you can of course read my “official” Trip Advisor review, if you’re so inclined 😉 ), but our guides, the bikes, and the route was above and beyond what I had hoped for!

Gals on the Green Fleet Bike Tour of Nashville

Gals on the Green Fleet Bike Tour of Nashville – safety first from Ashley! 

Isnt she the cutest bachelorette you ever did see?

Isnt she the cutest bachelorette you ever did see?

Well after our bike tour, we were ready to rage! Cue the cocktails, cheesy costume jewelry, and in our case, honky tonk bars 🙂 We had a late dinner reservations at Merchant’s (run, dont walk to this eatery if youre ever in Nashville – but seriously, def make a reservation – theyre packed), so we started the night off strong with a visit to Robert’s Western World, where the bride to be was serenaded by an amazing country band – it was a sight to behold:

Get it!

Get it!

Obligatory cowboy boot koozie

Obligatory cowboy boot koozie

From there, we hopped along the various honky tonk spots in downtown, enjoying the live music, good weather, and celebratory beverages. The fact that several of the group had early morning flights coupled with the slight issue that is was daylight savings that night (spring forward – lost that hour – whoops!) didnt deter us – it was a great evening! Enjoy some of the pictures of the night and cheers to Sarah Craig!

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I know we’re all SO excited to celebrate again in May – toot toot! Until next time…