Christmas around Sydney

Yesterday I went for a stroll around and took in all the seasonal decorations that this fine city has to offer.

It feels slightly strange to be seeing giant inflatable Santa Clauses when it is 30 degrees out but still at least it got me in the festive mood.

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In my favourite spot

There are many beautiful spots in and around Sydney but I want to share with you one of my favourites which is fortunately only a 10 minute walk from where I am staying.

I stumbled across it almost by accident a few weeks ago; a friend had mentioned a local reserve that I should check out so one sunny day I headed out to try and find it.

I had been walking for a while and hadn’t found anything when I saw a sign for the Cremorne Reserve so decided to try my luck and follow the signs.

And boy am I glad I did!

As you stroll along the path you are surrounded by beautiful vegetation that allows you to glimpse the most darling little bay. With numerous boats calmly bobbing up and down and the water sparkling in the most delightful manner I couldn’t help but gasp in pleasure at this beautiful new place I had discovered.

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Keep walking and if you are anything like me you get to gaze lustfully at the stunning houses that overlook the bay.

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And I have yet to dip my toes in that natural swimming pool but I will certainly do so before the summer is out. How sweet is it nestled into the rocks?!

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Then finally you turn a corner and you are greeted with this view….

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I couldn’t contain my joy to have found this little spot that allows me to gaze at two of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney whilst listening to the gentle sound of waves lapping at my feet.

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For me there is something so soothing and calming about being near water and I find I do some of my best thinking when I am near it.

So once I had discovered this view I simply picked a rock, took a sit and watch the world go by. And by that I mean boats, yachts and ferries that whiz between various points in the harbour.

This has truly become one of my favourite spots in Sydney, mainly because it feels like your own private garden. It makes me feel very lucky to be in this fantastic city and to be able to find and enjoy places like this reserve.

Educated

Over the last couple of weeks I have been visiting several of Sydney’s museums so I thought I would do a post to show some of the amazing things I have been discovering in each one.

It’s going to be a little bit of a whistlestop tour but hey, there is a lot to get through!

Firstly to Australian Museum in Central Sydney – a great starting point to get an overview of this great country. I was particularly excited to see an exhibition on everything that can kill me and also a fantastic collection about aboriginals.

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Next we go to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Lots of interesting installations but I loved the more quirky ones.

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Brief stop at the Anzac Memorial; a truly calm and peaceful space that allows for plenty of quiet reflection.

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Finally we end up at the Powerhouse Museum which was my favourite. I spent many happy hours wandering through this maze of the weird, wonderful and truly interesting exhibitions. I would highly recommend a trip if you ever have a couple of hours to spare.

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The fashion exhibition was an unexpected delight, especially as there were several items I would happily wear!

Tasting vino

So this is a little late in the day but I have been busy with work at my new job (more on that later) and with moving to my new home (for the next couple of months anyway) so have been abandoning my blog which is terrible I know.

I am determined to get back on track so what better way to start than with a nice little post about my recent trip to the a Hunter Valley aka wine country.

Me and Chantelle had the car for the weekend and despite the slight threat of the nearby bush fires decided to head over and spend the weekend enjoying the sights and more importantly tastes of the Hunters.

It was so nice leaving behind the business of the city and heading out into proper Australian countryside. We obviously took the obligatory car selfies!

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The beauty of the Hunter Valley is you can stop at as many or as little wineries as you fancy – we decided to pick the smaller, independent vineyards and I am so glad we did as we got more one on one time with owners and a much more personal experience.

We obviously tried to get to as many places as possible during our short stay and I wanted to show the highlights a photo diary below!

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My favourite by far was Krinklewood – just look at this place! I could happily get married here although unfortunately the only person allowed to is the owners daughter 😦

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I even managed to spot my first kangaroo whilst we were enjoying a delightful bottle of sparkling from out balcony. Can life get any better?

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