Leichhardt Long Lunch

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This past Saturday we were blessed with an “Indian Summer” day in Sydney. The thermometers went up to 28 C in the inner-west and the sun shined bright and warm.

The Leichhardt Long Lunch was on and it was a perfect opportunity for us to browse the different stalls (all from local business) have some nice lunch, and drinks, sit outside, and even learn some new recipes at the cooking demonstrations.

The tiramisu and pistachio ice-cream from Bar Italia were amazing and we loved the sample of passatelli with mussels from the chef at Capriccio.

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I find these events a great way to cultivate and maintain the community spirit. Sydney is a huge city but each suburb has its own vibe and identity which I firmly believe should be preserved.

Leichhardt is well-known for its Italian community and many restaurants so I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate it than with an outdoor long lunch 🙂

Not Just Coffee

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I love discovering new cafes and nice spots where one can sit down and slowly enjoy one’s coffee (tea, beer, whatever you fancy!) 🙂

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the  Paddington Markets and as the queues were too long for the food, we decided that we would look for a cafe in the area instead. As we walked down Oxford Street, window shopping , we came to a halt when we saw this sign. We turn into a little lane and about 200 meters ahead we found this very cozy cafe.

IMG_20150814_103206The staff was lovely and welcoming and menu was very interesting, with a couple of surprise elements. We decided to try the Samurai Aussie Croissant and it was absolutely delicious! 

I truly recommend it 😀
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Spring is coming

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Pitt Street, Sydney

Pitt Street, Sydney

I haven’t posted for a while and my only excuse is that like a wild animal I have been hibernating during Sydney’s somewhat cold winter. After having lived in Queensland for the past 2 years, I must confess that the cold and darker days of winter were a real shock to the system. The boots and winter jackets were finally worn, the heaters were turned on at home, and I had to fight hard not to unpack the many woolen scarfs, gloves and beanies that I still own from my Northern Europe days 🙂

Yesterday, however, when I left the office at 5:40 PM it was no longer dark and the sky was still blueish. Looking up, I couldn’t help but smile. I walked down the street happy, despite the fact that I still had to button up my jacket 🙂

Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait! I want to go camping and discover more of the city and its surroundings. I want to go on long walks and see the sunrise at the beach. I want to put away my winter clothes and take pictures of the blooming flowers 🙂

Vivid Sydney 2015

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Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of lights, music and more. All through the city light displays could be seen, some were truly amazing (my favourite was the story like display on the facade of the Customs House) and some were interactive fun little gadgets (like the drums that simulated fireworks display on trees near The Star). You could definitely spend a couple of hours walking along the city, following the lights and photographing: from Circular Quay and Opera House, to The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and even the University of Sydney.

We found it lots of fun, especially as this was our first year! Here are some pictures of the event:

Circular Quay

Circular Quay

Customs House

Customs House

Customs House

Customs House

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

The Rocks

The Rocks

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

Martin Place

Martin Place

The Rocks

The Rocks

Town Hall

Town Hall

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

Opera House

From Rosebay to Nielsen Park

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We love walking, hiking, and trekking, so when we get to combine that with amazing views of the city we feel pleased as punch 🙂

From our previous trips to Sydney, we had already visited Nielsen Park, and both Shark and Milk beaches, on a couple of occasions and we really liked it. So when I was looking for a nice trail to do with some friends the choice was easy.

The path is easy to follow and for the most part there is a man-made walkway. Sydney´s Harbour National Park is definitely a gem in the middle of the city, where you can breathe fresh air, and leave your busy schedules behind.

The weather was lovely and we had a great time. When we got home a couple of hours later there was a massive hail storm which definitely took us by surprise. Luckily, we were pulling into the garage when it started to pour.

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Milk Beach

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Shark Beach, Nielsen Park

Queen Victoria Building – Sydney CBD

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Sydney’s CBD is the perfect place to go shopping.  You can find the most exclusive stores,  such as Tiffany’s,  Hermes,  Louis Vitton,  Prada,  Rolex,  to name a few :-p But you can also find several shopping centres with the most common shops where the other half shops!

Working in the area can be tempting and dangerous to the wallet,  as one always finds some time to kill during one’s lunch break… Not to mention the many inviting restaurants and cafes at each corner.

One of my favourite places to wander around is the QVB.  It’s a shopping centre in a beautiful old building.  The building feels like history,  style,  and it has its own personality,  quite the opposite of the modern malls.  There you can find amazing cafes,  modern shops and even some speciality stores,  such as the aboriginal gallery. 

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