Sydney is an amazing mix of urban sophistication, gorgeous teal and turquoise water views and friendly, charming people. I really did not know what to expect… so this has been such a wonderful experience!!!
The Langham Sydney, where we stayed in Sydney, is a lovely hotel in a historical area called The Rocks. Lots of white marble and cool blues with pink flowers. Right up my alley! And since it’s summer and hot in Sydney right now…it feels like entering an oasis.
Look how the same flowers en masse create impact…something to copy.
This retro Wedgewood tea service actually feels fun and fresh.
The coffee, that I had every morning is called a Flat White…basically an espresso with steamed milk without the foam). Australians LOVE their coffee. I especially enjoyed how they serve water in cut crystal. I’m thinking we should do this at home…what are we saving the good stuff for?!
Loved coming back to our room, with its fresh décor, every day!The shopping is great in Sydney. Make sure you check out the charming Queen Victoria building. I love the mix of old and new architecture. Most of the places we visited were from readers’ suggestions (thanks so much).The Strand is also beautiful. They have an Aesop’s store there…and I love their products (made in Australia). I buy the hand soap for gifts (great scent and has pumice for exfoliation). It’s around $60 in the USA plus tax and around $32 in Australia (tax included). So, when in Australia, pick some up! Also, check out one of my favorite Australian bathing suit brands (that Cindy Hattersley told me about), Sea Folly. They have a better selection in Sydney than in the US. We felt really lucky to be in Australia for “Australia Day.” It’s like their Fourth of July. If you are planning a trip here you might consider coming then (and you get the added bonus of the summer weather in January).Somehow, my husband talked me into doing the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb. See those little dots below the flags? Those are people climbing the bridge!I’ve been afraid of steep stairs since I tripped over Chief on stairs and dislocated my ankle. But I am really glad we did this climb, especially on Australia Day as there were so many patriotic festivities to view in the bay below.
Later that night…
Another thing that we did that I really recommend is the hike from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. It takes you through a huge cemetery overlooking the ocean.
Ending with lunch at Icebergs restaurant…below.
We did a lot more…but this post is starting to get too long! One last thing. See this building that is a mix of modern and old? It is Hotel Palisade.
We had drinks and appetizers at the top with Davy (the Australian brother of a good friend of ours).
That’s it for now. If I scheduled this post correctly, you should be reading it on our 15-hour flight back to San Francisco. It was a great trip. I’d like to come back to see more of this welcoming, beautiful country!
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