Tag Archives: Sydney

Fantastic Four

With the girls coming back from Melbourne we had four days left to enjoy Sydney and expose Laura to as much as possible. Here is how we got on… Day 1: Pub Crawl There are many things to do in Sydney on a Friday night but one of the more random acts is to do […]

…and then a step to the right!

We had a whole week in Sydney to introduce Laura to our Sydney bubble before we headed to warmer climates of Queensland’s coast. After the weekend of fun, it was time for John to return to work and the girls to head to the outlets…Birkenhead Point for some retail therapy. We had a great day […]

Sydney Diaries: Babylon Zoo

The day was finally here. We had wanted to go to Taronga Zoo ever since we arrived but when you live in Sydney you need to keep things back for when visitors arrive – otherwise every new visit feels like Groundhog Day (‘Opera House Tour: Again!!) With the reunion of the Hamilton sisters we could […]

Sydney Diaries: Year of The Sheep

So the Horse has bolted and we are left standing alone. Alone that is, until we felt something licking at our boots. Looking down we see a big white wooly jumper with 4 black legs and a curious look in it’s eyes! Aha.. it is a Sheep and this is it’s year! Outside of China […]

Sydney Diaries: Oh Dear Oh Dear I Shall be too late!..

One of the more cultured ways to spend a few hours in Sydney is to follow the White Rabbit, or more accurately pay him a visit. Located near the award winning One Central Park Tower, the White Rabbit is a gallery showcasing 21st Century Chinese Contemporary Art. The collection, one of the largest in the […]

Capital Idea!

We had been settled for a while in Sydney so we both felt it was time to do a bit of travelling again. Looking at the map there was a very ideal candidate not far away. We earmarked a weekend and went on Wotif to get a ‘mystery hotel’ deal close to the center. Next […]

Hotmanay!!

Normally when we celebrate Hogmanay we are in Scotland and it is “baltic”, as the locals say. This year was different…close to 40 degree heat and glorious sunshine. Quite a lot of people in Sydney camp out from the early hours of the morning to stake the best spot on the shoreline for one of […]

Reeling in the Year:2014

Today marks one year since we pulled on our rucksacks and said goodbye to Lucy and Martin in Greenwich, London. We boarded the train to Heathrow with a one way ticket to Perth Australia via Delhi, Bangkok and Bali. Our tummies were tumbling, there was mixture of excitement, fear, sadness and nerves inside. Little did […]

Christmas Day

We celebrated our first Christmas Eve together at a new place for us, The Butler in Potts Point with some new Australian friends, Millie and Alec. The Butler is a lovely new bar/ restaurantopened overlooking the city. Several glasses of wine and scrumptious sharing plates were devoured over travel stories, wedding plans and film trivia. […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Not as we know it with sunglasses, sun-cream, shorts and t-shirts added to the mix! Sydney hasn’t done a bad job dressing itself up for the Festive Holiday but it’s hard to take it seriously with brilliant sunshine! Know what we mean? Our first christmas together as a couple (out of 8) would be celebrated […]

Sydney Diaries: Battle of the Galleries Part 1

So with Karen settling in nicely to her ‘return to the workplace’ and John spending a few tough weeks engaging with recruitment agents (or ‘Lemons’ as one of pal refers to them) it was time for him to take a Friday off of the job hunt and check out some of the galleries in Sydney. […]

Sydney Diaries: Thats what friends are for!

We were fortunate to be invited into a group of friends in our first week in Sydney. Mostly Irish as these were John’s Uni pals from Cork – namely Dave, Rowan and Allan. Our first encounter was as part of the Come Dine With Me Night – a group dinner in a random restaurant every […]

Sydney Diaries: Parramasala

Question: What can convince Karen to get a train for over an hour? Answer: The promise of decent Masala Dosa. So when we found out about the Parramasala Indian Culture Festival we decided to go check it out. Held in Parramatta (the clue is in the name!) and celebrating it’s fifth anniversary this is a […]

Sydney Diaries: RBG is the place 2B!

Word! Located right in the heart of Sydney City and occupying commanding views of the harbour is the Royal Botanical Gardens (RGB). Since 1816 this has been a quiet oasis in the urban sprawl of office buildings that threaten to consume it and best of all… it’s a public park! On scale and wow factor […]

Sydney Diaries: A Night At The Opera (House)

With the backpacks emptied and the flat sorted it was time to enjoy our time in Sydney. When you are travelling it’s hard to fit in “Date Nights” in random villages and Karen’s a far classier lady than being content with some Chicken Satay and a can of Tiger beer. So with that in mind […]