Rain is pelting the windows and Sydney looks unseasonably glum. It feels a bit ironic as I work on our next post about Australian beach life and how to fit in with the locals.
We start getting cabin fever so we make a mad dash for the nearest cafe and some perspective. I don’t find any of that, but I do have a nice coffee!
Finally, we see a bit of blue sky. We head to the Clock Hotel in Surry Hills for a well-deserved (well I think it’s well-deserved) beer and a catch-up with our new friend Paul from MrAristotle.com.
As we chat and watch the street from the Clock’s balcony, we notice how happy everyone else is now that it’s stopped raining (for now). Crown Street’s even busier than usual – perfect conditions for people-watching!
There’s nothing like talking about the last holiday you had, is there? We had a great time on our staycation in Pyrmont last week. It’s amazing how just one night in a different bed can make you feel like you’ve had a week away somewhere.
At last the weather’s looking up and Sydney’s got her shine back on. Even the CBD looks pretty as I trudge off to the office.
These trees always catch my eye this time of year. There are about three of them in Hyde Park in Sydney. No idea what they’re called but they’re a lovely punctuation among the greens and greys of all the eucalypts.
Best news of all, Mrs Romance’s first hard-copy book Braids, Buns and Twists is available to buy now! She’s worked really hard on this project and we’re all very proud of her. Go to HairRomance.com for more details, or click here or on the picture to head over to Amazon to buy it!
So it’s over the Bridge this afternoon to have dinner with the in-laws. It’s not often that I find myself crossing the Harbour Bridge, but when I do, I’m always impressed with how pretty it is.
Dinner is Korean all-you-can-eat barbeque. That’s my kind of dinner – more meat that you can shake a knife at and enough garlicky kimchi to kill off a million vampires. This one’s in Carlingford – called Se Jong. There’s no website but its street address is 101/821 Pennant Hills Road. Well worth a visit.
The weekend’s lining up to be another wet one. It’s certainly a soggy night that we head out to our friend Max’s 70th birthday party. The party’s in town at an exclusive club. Reception’s in an amazing private library and the dinner is in this incredible banquet room.
It’s a great night – the food, drink and company are all perfect. Happy birthday, Max!
We head to a rooftop market and bar courtesy of The Office Space, who’ve designed this very cool little spot on the rooftops of Surry Hills. It’s the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a quick bottle of cider… if you can walk past my favourite pub the Royal Albert Hotel of course. Good luck – I never usually can!
Our trip over to Manly Beach is very welcome. We’re taking photos of the Sydney pubs our friends, who’ve moved back to California, liked the most. Thankfully the pubs they liked are in some great places!
Manly Beach is busy today. The beach volleyball courts are full and there’s not a lot of spare sand around. And that’s no surprise – it’s a perfect day here!
We find the place our friends like. Turns out we quite like it too! Manly Wine has a great vibe. It’s part of the same group as King Street Wharf’s Bungalow 8 and the Winery in Surry Hills.
It’s so good, in fact, we stop for a bit of late lunch. Mrs Romance has a delicious chicken and avocado salad and a glass of Italian pinot grigio. I go have a pretty good cheeseburger. The chips look a bit pale and saltless, but they’re surprisingly crunchy and delicious! My glass of riesling is perfect!
We drive back to the city then head to Bondi for two more pubs. In the North Bondi RSL car park I spot this. I’m so impressed – I mean it’s the real B4TMOB1LE! :-[
How anyone can do something like this to a Lamborghini is a mystery to me. It’s like putting a fluffy pink collar on a rottweiler!
Back at home, our Sunday wine-down commences. We get into a bottle of Italian white. It’s delicious, and just right for this warm Sydney evening.
Here’s to a good week, everyone. Have you got anything good planned? Tell us about it in the comments!