High tea, memory lane and a travel recap

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Especially when the Sydney autumn is serving up weather like this. But onward and upward. In this week’s Instagram Diary, we’re checking out a high tea – or high coffee I should say – Mrs Romance went to, a trip down memory lane to where we first met and a couple of other bits and pieces.

We’ve decided start including some never-before-seen photos from our travels over the years we thought you might like to see. They’re at the end of this week’s IG Diary.

Enjoy and we’ll talk again soon.


Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 2 high coffee at Park Hyatt

Today, Mrs Romance is a guest with the uber-talented Besotted Grace at a special event at the Park Hyatt in the Rocks. Instead of the usual high tea, it’s in fact high coffee – a bit like what they do at the Intercontinental. But this is all done with Nespresso coffee.

We’re fans of pod coffee machines, but we only ever thought of them from a convenience standpoint. They don’t take much cleaning, and they’re quick and easy to use. But Mrs R got talking to one of the guys from Nespresso who has explained that the foil packaging of the pods is the only way to keep the coffee fresh after it’s been ground.

So Nespresso’s focus is also very much on consistency and high quality with them. I know the pods are a bone of contention ecologically, as the recycling programmes don’t seem to have taken off all that well, but the concept and design of the pods is quite impressive.


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… at the end of the day it’s all about the cake, isn’t it? Mrs Romance seems to be very happily enjoying these delicious items – and no wonder. Even the little favours that come with a coffee in the Park Hyatt lobby blow you away, so I’ve got a feeling these cakes are top drawer!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 3 Paddington Reservoir

Today, we’re taking a walk down memory lane… or Underwood Street anyway – to where we first met. Yes, we’re in Paddington – one of Sydney’s prettiest suburbs. For whatever reason, we haven’t been back here for ages.

This is the Paddington Reservoir – a little park right on Oxford Street. It’s dug right down into the ground and is full of plants and interesting old architecture of the original structures.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 4 lunch at The Paddington

But the real reason we’re here in Paddo isn’t for short walks or reminiscing. No, we’re here for lunch! I’ve been keen to check out The Paddington since Merivale took it over and reopened it. It’s been worth the wait.

The service is great here and so is the food. They’ve got a special rotisserie section to the kitchen that turns out delicious free-range chicken. But the starters are just as tempting. The goat curd here is so morish and the manoush bread at the bottom of the shot is even more so.

Oh and the cocktails and wine are spot on too.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 5 sunset

Tonight’s sunset is just so serene. Really sums up what a surprise the weather’s been like this week. Shame we haven’t seen much of it with all the work hours we’ve been putting in. Not that I’m complaining of course!

Travel recap

Here are some shots we’ve never shared with anyone before of our various travels around Australia and the world. Hope you enjoy them!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 20a Whitsundays

If you’re looking for a good beach, you can’t really go past this incredible sight. Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, northeast Queensland, wins world’s best beach awards year in year out, and it’s clear from this pic why that is.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 20b Top of the Rock

If there’s a city we both love more than any other – possibly even more than Sydney – it’s New York. One of our favourite posts (and one of yours too!) is our Ultimate First Timer’s Guide to NYC.

For more on New York City, click here to see what we’ve got to say about the Big Apple!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 20c Perugia

We love Italy so much. We’ve written enough about Italy over the years, you can really fill your boots. Boots, get it? Italy. Boot.

Anyway, this is a shot from a little bar we discovered on the back streets of Perugia. We were only in this amazing little town for a night but it’s really made an impression on us. We stayed in the Hotel Brufani Palace – and if you’re in or even nearby Perugia on a journey through Italy, we highly recommend even just going in to have a look.

Make sure you hunt out the pool too. Quite a surprise waiting for you.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 20d Eiffel Tower

Paris. The true heart of romance. As you’d expect, we’ve got plenty to say on this place. The sights, the food, the drink, where to stay. Check out our Paris portfolio here!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 20e French cheese

There’s something deeply satisfying ending this little travel treat with cheese. You probably know how much I love the stuff anyway, but to have cheese and travel all in one place is like double heaven!

This cheese stall was in a little market in Paris but pretty much any food market you find in France, there’ll be a cheese section!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Instagram Diary. Now it’s your turn – tell us how your week’s been, what you’ve been up to and what travel plans you might have in the pipeline.

Images by Mr and Mrs Romance via Instagram: @MrAndMrsRomance, @HairRomance, @Christina.Butcher – Mrs R’s Insta account and @AngryBastard of course!

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