Monday, November 19, 2012

Spit to Manly Walk


This is definitely one of the most scenic walks in Sydney, and I couldn't help but fall in love with her all over again. So many beaches to discover, and such amazing views. Definitely pack your cossies.














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Sculpture by the Sea 2012



Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Surf Rescue, Tamarama

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Life is a Beach!

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

More photos here.



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Showin Sydney Some Love


Often times i have to remind myself that living and being a tourist in a place are two completely different things. I always wonder what it feels like to live in the city i was visiting, and have more than once been tempted to uproot myself again and stay there forever. Who has never dreamed of living in a tropical island, on a nice secluded beach cottage, with white sand and warm blue water all year round (and the occasional typhoons)?  But if i really think about it, i know i will miss the cafes, and the green spaces, and the "urban-ness" of living in a city. Hmm...or will I? Anyway, my point is, I realise, at this moment, that I love living in Sydney. It might not be the most modern of cities, but i like its  sense of balance. And maybe for a person as fickle as me, who thinks about packing up her bags all the time, this is just i what i need. It can be cosmopolitan, or outdoorsy, or quaint and charming when I, or it wants to be. I love how i can be on the beach within minutes. I love the parks and the jogging paths. I love how i'm surrounded by water. I love the friendly folks. I love all the food choices. I love that it's family friendly. And yes, maybe i even love this love-hate relationship I have going on with this city. And perhaps I drank a little bit of its kool aid today, but if it keeps up this lovely weather and sunshine, I will happily take the kool-aid forever.











Photos are taken with iPhone and Instagram.


More about Sydney here.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NYC: East Village

With a population of 8 million from all walks of life, New York is definitely a city with cultural diversity. No other district in Manhattan demonstrates that more than the East Village. I love the eclectic variety of shops, and food! Chinese, Indian, Japanese, French, Belgian...you name it, and you'll probably find it there. After all the burgers, and pizzas, and milk shakes, I was looking forward to something new and exciting, and hopefully something healthy. We settled for Veselka, a popular cafe between St Marks Place and 9th Street, serving Ukrainian and Eastern European specialties. I've never tried Ukrainian food, so the further the similarity from American junk food, the better. I love their vareniki (dumplings) and iced tea. Just what I needed on a hot summer day.

Vareniki at Veselka, East Village

Veselka, East Village

We continued to explore after lunch, hoping to catch the colourful character of this district with our cameras. It reminded me a lot of Newtown in Sydney, with its funky crowd and small eateries. I loved it!

East Village

East Village

East Village

East Village

East Village Pizza

More New York photos here.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trying my best to update this blog as much as possible, but it's proving to be a more difficult task than i thought. I am not even halfway done with our US trip (although getting there), and I still have some backlog from our Uluru and New Zealand trips that i will probably never get around to.

The need to travel has not kicked in again. Yet. But then again, I just realised it's only been a month since we got back. The thought of getting on the plane for more than 2 hours does not sound inviting at all right now, although I have been dreaming of the beach a lot quite lately. I haven't had a beach break for quite some time now. It would be nice to have a relaxing vacation again - no walking for hours, just eat, drink, sleep and lie on the sand.

Ahh, yes, I am definitely dreaming of the beach.

Snorkeling in Coral Coast

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Rockport, Massachusetts


Rockport. If there was ever a town that invented shabby chic beach style, Rockport should take the credit. Oh those quaint cottages turned into little shops, the narrow walk ways, and the cute little harbour. It was the sort of seaside town that I used to read about in my teeny bopper paperbacks where boy meets girl and falls in love (at least for the summer). My photos totally didn't do this place justice. You just have to be there, with the sun shining on your face and the sweet salty sea breeze blowing through your hair. See what it did? It has turned me into a bumbling romantic. Not even Paris had that effect on me :)

While you're there, you have to try the fried clams at Top Dog. Yumm.

Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport, Massachusetts


Rockport is about an hour drive from Boston.

More New England photos here.



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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

From Hell's Kitchen to Little Italy

The good thing about having a jetlag is being able to wake up earlier than usual. From our Times Square hotel, we made our way to The High Line. It was a quiet Sunday morning, and most people were probably sleeping in, hence an almost empty park. It was pretty cool though, and one of the funkiest green spaces i've ever seen.

Highline Park
The High Line

Next stop, Chelsea Market. Most of the shops were closed, or maybe we were just too early. I love visiting gourmet markets like these in different cities. Too bad this one was almost deserted.

Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market
What followed was more walking, letting our feet take the lead. The city is definitely made to be explored on foot.

West Village
West Village

University Place NYU
Greenwich Village

I fantasized about living in one of those brown stone apartments, and got sidetracked by all those shops in Soho (hence  the lack of photos).

Ok, move right along, and keep walking, the hubby tells me.


New York Cafes
North of Little Italy

By this time, we were definitely getting hungry. Ahh, but only a few more blocks to Lombardi's!

Lombardi's Pizza
Lombardi's Pizza - the first pizza place in the US

Their pizza was huge! We couldn't finish the whole thing between the two of us. And really, the only way to burn those calories is to walk it off again but I soo wished i'd left room for gelato.

Little Italy
Little Italy

Little Italy
Souvenirs
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