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Sydney!

  • February 3, 2014
  • By Brittany
  • 25 Comments
Sydney!

Hello all!  Hope you had a great weekend!  Since some of us were probably up a bit late last night watching the commercials the Superbowl, today’s post is going to be a lot of photos.  I didn’t want to tax your brain too much.  You’re welcome.  

So far on our trip around Australia we’ve stopped at the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains. The piece de resistance of our trip to Australia was, of course, Sydney!  This is where the Hubs and I lived for two years before moving to NYC.  I swear I could live their a lifetime and never get tired of the views around the Harbour.

We started out on Boxing Day viewing the Sydney to Hobart sailing race.  These boats race from Sydney Harbour to Hobart , Tasmania.  They have to cross the Bass Strait, which is one of the most dangerous straits in the world because it is incredibly narrow.  The water is very rough and many ships have been lost there as a result.  Some of the smaller boats that participate in this race pull out if the waters are very rough.  In fact, in 1998 there were very rough conditions and several boats sank and some participants lost their lives.

Sydney to Hobart 3

Sydney to Hobart 4

But the start of the race is very exciting and beautiful to watch!  We saw it from the North Head, which is the outermost point of the Harbour before the Pacific Ocean!

Sydney to Hobart 5

After watching the race we headed down to Manly Beach, one of my favorite beaches in Sydney!

Manly

frangipani

Frangipanis-my favorite flower in Australia. We had a tree outside our old apartment!

We actually rented a house on Cremorne point, a suburb on the Harbour since my in-laws live in the Blue Mountains, about 1.5 hours away.  It was such an amazing locations!  We had this awesome view from the balcony in our house!

View from Cremorne

Plus all the nearby parks offered some amazing Harbour views.

opera house

opera house 2

opera house 3

bridge

Because it was my Dad’s first time visiting Australia, we spent a lot of time in the city walking around.  One of my favorite spots is the Royal Botanic Gardens, which are located right in the heart of the city!

rbg 2

rbg 4

rbg 5

RBG 6

view from gardens

oper house bridge view from gardens

rbg 3

After the Gardens, we decided to climb up the AMP Centrepoint Tower (above), the highest point in Sydney.  I had actually never been and was excited to get a bird’s eye view!

amp 2

amp 3

amp 4

amp hyde park

View of the famous Hyde Park.  The people look like ants!

amp st marys

And St. Mary’s Cathedral!

And that’s it for part 1 of my Sydney tour!  Hope you enjoyed!  I’ll be back with part 2 next week!

Readers, did you watch the game or the commercials last night?  What is the best Superbowl snack you had?  What’s the most beautiful city you’ve ever visited? 

By Brittany, February 3, 2014
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25 Comments
  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    February 3, 2014

    Yay!!!! I am so excited for my trip in two weeks! Counting down the minutes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allie
    February 3, 2014

    Just stunning! I can’t believe how dangerous that boat race is!? I hope this year went off better then in years past – yikes!!
    Your pictures are just amazingly beautiful. I was reading with Vaughn on my lap and he said “Mommy when can we go there?” I hope someday!!!
    As for the Super Bowl – what a disappointment. Thank God for Bruno and the commercials!! The best app I had yesterday was Brooklyn beer with my brother – does that count? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      February 3, 2014

      Awwww, Vaughn is so cute. Plus he is learning quickly! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Bruno was really good! And beer totally counts!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 3, 2014

    So gorgeous! Man I wish I could be in a tshirt and shorts right now…then seeing that IG pic of you in your jacket. Gah well at least you got some sunshine!

    • FitBritt
      February 3, 2014

      It honestly feels like forever ago and I haven’t been back for quite a month yet! Flip flop weather is the best!

  • Kim
    February 3, 2014

    I love all of your pictures from Sydney!!! The one with the red flowers might be my favorite!!!
    Can’t wait for next week’s pictures!
    A friend brought over a super yummy 7-layer dip last night – so good!!
    The game was a total let-down!!

    • FitBritt
      February 3, 2014

      Yeah the game was a let down but seven layer dip sounds delicious! That photo was a last minute one. I turned around and saw that shot and it is one of my favorites too!

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    February 3, 2014

    WOW these pictures are seriously incredible. I have loved reading your posts about your trip….I almost feel like I was there! Almost ๐Ÿ™‚ Also your hat is super super cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      February 3, 2014

      Thanks Paige! ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t tell anyone but it was my husband’s and it was too small for him, so I took it!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    February 3, 2014

    I want to lie in a bed of a million frangipanis. They are absolutely stunning!! I loved ALL of your pictures!!

    • FitBritt
      February 3, 2014

      Thanks Nellie! They are my most favorite flowers! They smell so delicious. I had a “carpet” of them on the aisle at our wedding!

  • Chai a Cup of Life
    February 3, 2014

    I am really feeling homesick now, as this Sydney is my home!! Have a wonderful time, see if you can visit Coogee Beach too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole
    February 3, 2014

    I’m loving your Australia recaps! I’m also a fan of how you’re doing the recaps spread out — note to self for blogging after my next trip! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I want to go to Australia so bad. It looks so gorgeous, and how awesome that you got to live there!!

    • FitBritt
      February 4, 2014

      Australia is honestly one of my favorite places! I love spreading it out because I feel like I get to relive it a little every week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maureen@Scoops of Joy
    February 4, 2014

    Beautiful Sydney!
    Thank you for taking us all on a mini tour there through your great pictures ๐Ÿ˜€
    It’s on my bucket list.
    I love upstate NY in autumn, just gorgeous but I’d love to go explore New Zealand too one day.

    • FitBritt
      February 4, 2014

      Upstate NY is really gorgeous. It’s funny but I totally lose sight of that in NYC! Then I get in the car and drive an hour and it is amazing!

  • Holly
    February 4, 2014

    Amazing–time to plan another trip!

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 4, 2014

    Ahhh Sydney looks gorgeous! I love anywhere with a beautiful harbor view. That’s so nice that you are there again (since you lived there)…I imagine it brings back memories! Glad you’re having fun and I might be a bit jealous… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    February 4, 2014

    I did not watch either because it was a work weekend. Usually, if I’m off, I’m only there for the commercials.

    The photos are amazing as usual. I appreciate you taking time to capture all of this while vacationing. The birds eye view was my favorite. Simply beautiful!!

  • Carla
    February 9, 2014

    So, so beautiful! I would love to go to Australia some day. I couldn’t help but notice that all the people in the beach photo are thin. Not something you’d see here in the US. I’ve not traveled a lot. Chicago can be pretty but I seem to keep going there when I can’t really enjoy it. I love Dallas a lot too. But I think my favorite is Miami! Cozumel was beautiful before it was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. They made it to touristy in the redo. I liked the simplicity of it before.

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