Blackwattle Bay

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  • Day225

    Molluscs & Museum

    April 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    This morning we walked via Darling Harbour (the area where our apartment is) to Sydney Fish Market. This is the biggest fish market in the Southern hemisphere and the 3rd largest in the world (after Tokyo & Mexico City). It was amazing - the range and quality of the fish and seafood was fantastic. There were also lots of places to eat there - we could happily have stayed all day and eaten our way through the menus (but we'd have needed to triple our daily budget to do it!). It was a far cry from the last fish market we went to back in Chau Doc, Vietnam - this one was not stinky and looked as clean as a fish market can (so no need for you to worry this time, Seth!). It was quite early when we went but the food looked so good that we stayed for a brunch snack - I had soft shell crab sushi and it was divine. On the way to the market we saw an Australian white ibis bird scavenging in a bin - shows the adaptability of this normally wetland bird...

    This afternoon we went to the Australian Museum, walking via "Hyde Park" and St Marys Cathedral to get there. The museum was dated in parts (think: stuffed animals arranged in seemingly random fashion) but had some interesting bits, including a collection of minerals & semi-precious stones donated by a local collector (more interesting than it sounds!), natural history of Australia and a few dinosaurs (which were Solana's favourites). There was also a section on the social history of Australia, that was a bit of an education for me in terms of the extent of the divide between the indigenous Aboriginal people and the white settlers (which sounded not dissimilar to S.Africa in the days of apartheid in the mid-1900s...).

    On the way back to our apartment we went for happy hour sunset cocktails at one of the many bars on Darling Harbour and soaked up some of the evening atmosphere of the area that is our home for this week.
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  • Day47

    Sydney Fish Market

    May 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute Vormittag sind wir über das Taste of Manly Festival geschlendert - mit seinen Weinständen und dem Street Food Verkauf ist es ein bisschen wie der Mainzer Weinmarkt unter Palmen am Strand.
    Allerdings gibt es hier einige (für uns unverständliche) Unterschiede: das Festival ist schon um 17:30 vorbei und man kann pro Weinstand maximal 4x sein Glas wieder auffüllen. 🤔😀

    Mit der Fähre ging es dann zum Circular Quay und zu Fuß vorbei am Darling Harbour zum Fischmarkt. Hier haben wir uns eine Grillplatte mit frischem Fisch und Meeresfrüchten gegönnt.

    Mit einem kleinen Schlenker durch Chinatown und den Garden of Friendship sind wir dann durch den Großstadtdjungel zurück zum Hafen gelaufen.

    Auf dem Rückweg konnten wir von der Manly Ferry aus noch einmal die Lichtshow von Vivid Sydney genießen.
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  • Day3

    Arriving in Sydney

    February 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Good flight to Sydney, couldnt sleep so watched trash movies, Wonder Woman and Kingsman. Ali more interested in the flight path watching Aus get nearer. Lisa and Dave met us off the plane with our personalised Welcome to Oz board. Drove to their appartment in Glebe a leafy suburb close to the City and Harbour near the Anzac Bridge. Went for a walk and took tram to Pyrmont Bay / Darling Harbour where we had our first beers of the trip. Then back to Glebe via the Fish Market. Amazing place, look forward to getting some inspiration when in Chef mode. Managed to stay awake until 7.30 then out like a light.Read more

  • Day4

    Walk - Glebe to Sydney Opera House

    February 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Glebe is a walkable distance to Central Sydney (sort of!!). It has tree lined roads and a range of individual shops, restaurants and cafes with every type of Asian cuisine you can think of. Our route took us first to China Town where we had lunch at East Ocean Restaurant. There was no menu, instead there was a constant stream of waitresses pushing trolleys trying to get you to have whatever they had on offer. We had a small selection of dim sum, Peking duck, fresh veg, pork dumplings and noodles. Next stop Paddys Market a massive indoor market with all sorts of tourist tat including a bottle opener with a set of Kangeroo testicles attached, classy. The fresh food area was excellent everything looked so bright and vibrant. We walked through the central business district. Lots of road works due to the extension of the Tram system. Passed the site where the first flag was raised by the first settlers and on to Circular Quay. The Harbour Bridge dominates the scene despite the presence of a massive cruise liner. The Opera House was different to what I expected. A series of buildings rather than one and beige in colour as opposed to white. We had a drink in the Opera House bar and watched Sydneys beautiful people strutt their stuff. Got an Uber home (feet aching a bit). Made some smoked trout bruchettas to go with a bottle of Bolly that Lisa had been keeping and Dave fired up the Barbie.Read more

  • Day5

    Shark Beach and sushi

    February 4, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Weather picked up today, high 20s with a nice breeze. Took the car to Vaucluse a smart suburb with large houses and top end cars. Walked through Nielsen Park with great views across to the city. Shark beach is a small beach frequented mainly by locals. Boardered with trees and a grass verge it has a cafe restaurant where we had a coffee before settling down for a bit of sun and a quick dip. Despite its name it is very safe being surrounded by a shark net. We had lunch at a small local sushi restaurant Den Sushi Bar with a cold glass of Ashahi and a selection of dishes, beef, salmon, prawns, edamame, seaweed salad, chicken schnitzel and squid. Had a walk along the beach and watched the sea planes come in. An ice cream from Woolworths and then home for a shower some beer and a curry.Read more

  • Day6

    Nicholas Seafood Traders

    February 5, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Lisa and Dave went off to work so we decided that we would cook supper fot them. After a lazy morning we went to the Tramshed to get a few bits and had a cheeky beer. Did some prep for the meal and then went to the Sydney Fish Market to get some Barramundi fillets (doing cajun blackened barramundi fillets with a mango salsa and chorizo patatas bravas).
    Got the tram to Darling Harbour and spent a couple of hours watching the world go by. Then back to the flat to enjoy the meal with a few glasses of vino.
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  • Day7

    Darling Harbour / Circular Quay / Manley

    February 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Took tram to Pyrmont and then on to the ferry to take us round to Circular Quay. This is a stunning trip taking you under the harbour bridge and giving you the opportunity to view the Opera House from the water giving a very different perspective. From Circular Quay we took the ferry to Manley, the last place you get to before the open Ocean. We walked from the enclosed harbour side down the main street to arrive at Manley Beach.Stunning blue / green water and white sands. Had lunch in the Manly Grill and then settled on the beach for a few hours. Finished off with a beer in the Bavarian bar on the Wharf. Later went with L&D to their local The Toxteth for beers and the local "delicacy" Chicken Schnitzel covered in tomato sauce and cheese just like a pizza wiith a breaded chicken base. Delish !!Read more

  • Day8

    City Bus Tour

    February 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Took one of the mega bus tours to get a closer look at the city and to get some history and background. We got off at The Rocks and had a drink in one of Sydneys oldest pubs The Fortune of War. It was very busy as a cruise liner was due to leave shortly from the nearby quay. Then off to George St and the shops. Had some lunch in the Victoria Arcade, very ornate with designer shops. Luckily I managed to move Ali on to Myer a nice department store where the prices were more like it. Got the bus back to Central and back to the flat on the crowded commuter tram. Vegetable kebabs and Halloumi on the bbq for tea.Read more

  • Day9

    Walk - Bondi to Coogee

    February 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Top day today one of the best so far. Our Megabus tickets were valid for 24hrs so we got up early (relatively) and got the tram to Central to pick up the Megabus to Bondi. Bondi beach is quite commercial still beautiful and reminds us a bit of the South of France with period buildings providing a backdrop. This was the starting point for our walk which would take in some of Sydneys most beautiful ocean beaches. The beaches are accessed via a cliff top path and takes you to Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, and finally to Coogee Beach where we we went to the upstairs bar in the Coogee Pavillion for a well earned beer. Spent a few hours on the beach and then took the bus to Newtown to meet Lisa from work. Had a beer in the Marlborough Hotel and then back for a shower and out again for a Thai meal. Met up with Dave and back to the flat via a quirky local pub The Friend in Hand. Fell asleep on the balcony. Good day.Read more

  • Day25

    Sunshine Coast to Sydney

    February 24, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Woke up to brighter skies today, typical as we are leaving to go back to Sydney. Said our goodbyes to Jenny and Steve and set off to the airport. Dropped the car off and checked in early. Our purchases made our bags overweight and as Jenny had sent us away with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire we had to pay a bit of excess baggage. Had some breakfast and then sat and watched the planes enjoying some sunshine. Really humid but no complaints. Lisa and Dave met us at the airport and after a quick stop at Dan Murphys to top up on booze and then a stop for ice cream it was back to the flat where they had prepared a lovely meal. We had a good catch up and went through a few bottles of wine, fell asleep on the sofa.Read more

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