|/ the famous opera house was as stunning as it looks in the pictures /|
|/ one of the many plates of fresh oysters we had during our visit /|
|/ rooaaarrr! /|
the museum also had a few live animals, which was really great to see how they displayed and incorporated interpretation into their exhibit.
|/ the gorgeous queen victoria building /|
|/ reuben posing in the botanical gardens /|
|/ on the ferry to the zoo /|
|/ mountain goat overlooking the city /|
[side note. proof my husband loves me: i get to drag him to museums, zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres in every city we visit.]
|/ getting some koala love /|
i was pretty excited i got to see some animals i had never seen in person before like koalas, wombats, a platypus and tasmanian devils! i was so excited that a tasmanian devil public feeding was starting when we got to the zoo that i made reuben practically run across half the park so we could make it before the talk ended. i was happy to hear that their devil breeding programme is quite successful and there were 4 joeys running around the enclosure wrestling and being absolutely adorable.
|/ little devils! /|
friday night meant dinner and show time at a place called the slide lounge. the show was called el' circo - think small scale sexy cirque du soleil with dinner and drinks. we had such a great time eating all nine courses and watching pole dancers, trapeze artists, hula hoopers and drag queens, i would definitely go back for another show there.
|/ the coastline /|
saturday was beach day and luckily we had bright blue skies and sunshine. we started by taking the bus out to coogee beach where we had brunch with a friend before starting out on the coastline walk to bondi beach. there's paved walkways that must connect all the popular area beaches and this particular walk took us about an hour and half in the blazing sun with sea spray occasionally blowing up the cliffs. we dipped our toes in the water at bondi and then headed back in town so we could head to circular quay to catch the ferry out to manly beach. manly had a charming feel to it with some decent shopping (yes, i bought a pair of shoes) and tasty fish and chips that we ate on the beach. for dinner we went to an overpriced restaurant in the rocks that made the best bloody mary i've ever had.
|/ a wall of million spices and sauces /|
the seafood in sydney was amazing, but what we had during the week was nothing in comparison to what we had on sunday afternoon at the fish markets. dozens of stalls with countless crustaceans and fish of every sort laid out on ice for adventurous buyers. since we were leaving that evening and didn't plan on doing any cooking, we went to one of the restaurants and ordered a stunning platter that included lobster, clams, morton bay bugs and more.
|/ one of the dozen stalls at the market showing off delicious seafood /|
after our feast and bit more wandering, we were off back to wellington for a late night drive home and back to reality...