Monday, October 25, 2010

Sydney-Day 2

Our second day in Sydney was filled with
13 hours out-and-about touring the city.  We meant business!! 


A local at the coffee shop told us a must-see was ferrying down and back the Paramatta River (west of downtown), then ferrying to Watson's bay (east of downtown), and take the city bus to the famous Bondi Beach (southeast of downtown).  And, that's exactly what we did!  To top off our day, we watched the sunset of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Opera House.  Just spectacular!


**I had to capture the names and description 
of Australian Espresso for my dad - as it took adjusting to.

Here's a map to document our travels - visuals are always a good thing!

Here we are starting out our day with the most perfect weather!!

There she (the Harbour Bridge) is!!

I zoomed in with my new incredible camera to see people 
climbing the bridge!  What an experience!

Before catching the ferry, we were told to grab a bottle of wine and sip-and-see while enjoying the sights on the ferry.  Sounded like fun to us, so we ventured to the wine shop and the fellow informed us that there was a $200 fine if caught with alcohol on city transportation.  SO, we decided to be sneaky, heck we are tourists after all :)

Love this guy!!!

Super windy

A guy showing off is hydro

The day was just perfect, and then I got approached by one of the friendly ferry employees to "come up to the cockpit area for a better look."  Haha, seriously, this would happen to me .... I panic and told Gabe I wasn't going up, you see, I thought my cover was blown with a splash of wine in my Hungry Jack (Sydney's Burger King) cup.  Gabe said, "It's fine!" as he gets up to follow the guy.  I was forced to follow, and I am so glad we did as we got to chill with the local ferry employees and Captain.  This always happens to us on vacation, we must be a friendly looking couple, haha!  They gave us great insight into their country, Rugby leagues, local beers to try, and more ..... Ugh, why do I always have to be a worrier!!


I could finally relax and enjoy the sights!



After taking the ferry down the Paramatta River, we took another ferry to Watson's Bay for lunch.  Hands down the best Fish and Chips I have ever had!!  The tarter sauce packets were so small, so apparently they use it as accent to a meal instead of "dunking!"


Our amazing view from the patio of Watson's Bay viewing Sydney

Who loves gelato?

I want to live on this cove!!!

Macquarie Lightstation - guided ships into Sydney Harbour

Bondi Beach

Who needs a gym with machines when you can workout with old school stations - I felt like this is where Rocky would train!

Later that evening, we made it safely back to Circular Quay 
just in time for the sunset!




The Opera House at night

Our day ended with an evening on the steps.  Lots of people watching and soaking up God's beauty from another side of the world.  


Hours passed ... and we could completely check out of our busy life back home and look back on the last couple years of being a Smith, talk future, and more importantly dreams for our family!  It doesn't get better than that.


Day 3 is next!
To be continued ....

34 comments:

Lindsey said...

I always love the conversations that occur while on vacation. It just takes life to a whole new level. So jealous of your fabulous day in Sydney!

Haven's Mom said...

The view of the bay is gorgeous!

Annie said...

Everything looks amazing!! I SOOO want to go there!

~KS said...

WOW- I always thought I wanted to visit down under but now I know I do!!! Sounds like an amazing adventure!!
And seriously- you and Gabe are such a beautiful couple... your kids are gonna be gorgeous!!!!! Good genes :)

Mateya said...

Gosh it just looks beautiful! I love that little cove area too...how fun would it be to live there?!

jayme said...

how cool! that all looks incredible! i hope to visit sydney sometime... its a looong flight from kentucky though! very awesome though! xo

Natasha said...

kelsey, this trip looks incredible!! loving the day by day recaps and i FOR SURE want to visit the land down under now!!!

Kari said...

Sydney looks like a great place to visit!

Meredith said...

love the pictures and love the wine story!!!

Jax said...

That sunset is spectacular! And so funny about thinking you got busted for your wine! haha! Love it! Those people climbing the bridge make me nervous just seeing the picture! agh! Your comments are awesome "This is where Rocky would have trained" SO.TRUE. Love it! Looking forward to Day 3! I want to go to Australia so badly! I'm drooling over all these pics! :)

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

Beautiful love the sunset photos so pretty!

Jessica said...

Your pictures stun me! AUGH! I want to go to Syndney NOW! :D Haha

Hannah @ The New Black said...

How beautiful! That's so cool that you got to check out the behind the scenes stuff.

Oh, and Kels...your hubs is straight up hot. For reals. You two are one smokin' couple. ☺

Jordan said...

Those pictures are amazing! So jealous! :-)

Sarah said...

Sydney looks A-mazing! I know you guys had a blast;) Funny story abou the wine...that would SO be my luck...to get BUSTED and fined.

CMae said...

your hubby are one lookin couple! ( and I say that in a totally Non I think your husband is hot kind of way LOL) I think you 2 will make good lookin kids!

Kelly and Sara said...

I remember my trip to Sydney doing the exact same amazing things! Have a blast, you will remember it forever.

JMO said...

It looks amazing!!!!! I love those sunset photos!

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

Seriously love all those water views! Gorgeous cove and gorgeous sunset!

SEW said...

love it!! i'm like you--i get super nervous if i'm doing something that i shouldn't be and feel like i'm going to get caught! glad you got to go up in the captain's area--even though you were being a rebel!!! haha

Caroline said...

I love your Australia post it brings back so many good memories for me. Don't you love all the goodies Australia has to offer!!? Can't wait to read more! xo

Kelsey Claire said...

Sounds like a beautiful day. Love love all the pics. Keep them coming.

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

This is soo amazing!! I hope you got to see an Opera in that beautiful Opra House!! Thanks for sharing! I want to go there!!!

Emily @ Longley's in San Diego said...

Your pictures just make me want to go there more than ever! ha

Neha said...

Simply awesome! Makes me want to go on a vacation too!

Joanna said...

Looks like you had an amazing time and I can't wait to read more!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

What a BEAUTIFUL skyline!! And that sunset picture is great. And I am the same way, I mean total business when I am sightseeing. Can't wait for more pics!

Ali said...

SO loving this!

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

You are both super adorable, and since Sidney is one of my favorite places....I simply love looking at all your lovely pictures!!!

Liesl :)

Candice said...

Looks like an amazing place to visit! The pictures are great!

Nicole said...

Love your blog! What a great vacation!

Emily said...

Stunning photos! Thanks for sharing them. I love to live vicariously through your adventures! Mmmm, fish and chips sound divine.

Lauren said...

Ok, I want to go to Australia now... LOVE your pictures!! It looks amazing.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Looking at your pictures from your trip! Everything looked so nice and fun! Glad you two had a wonderful time! :)

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