Tag Archives: Australia

Photo of the Week: Out on the Open Path to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The view when your out on the open path heading towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll see lots of ferries coming and going as your walking alongside the west end of Sydney Cove in Australia. A romantic park bench to be sure sits empty waiting for someone sit down. Hmmm. 🙂

Sydney, Australia, Sydney Cove

My Three Travel Regrets.

Thank you to Pola of Jetting Around for inviting me to write about three travel regrets.

It’s a change of pace to write about things travel related that I didn’t do. Things I wish I would have, no matter the reason. I can look back and think of three travel regrets.

1. The Layover in Sydney. I had a twelve-hour layover in between flights a couple of years ago on my way to New Zealand. I did take advantage by leaving the airport and heading into the city, seeing the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Cove up close. I headed back though to the airport several hours before I could have because I didn’t want to take any chances on missing my next flight. At the airport everything went smoothly so I wound up with lots of time to kill.

Right before I left downtown I was standing by the entrance to the ferry that was heading to Manly Bay and Beach. I’ve though myself I could have gotten on the ferry, explored and been back in plenty of time. I also thought, I could have climbed the Harbour Bridge instead of just walking on it and checked out other things. Its not every day you travel to the other side of the world, let alone have a layover in such a great place. Maybe someday I will turn that frown upside down.

Sydney Cove, Australia, Manly Bay ferry

Sydney Cove, Australia, Manly Bay ferry

The ferries to Manly Bay in Australia left from Wharf 3. Also, stood next to the Ferry Schedule at Wharf 2 in Sydney.

2. Photo Taking. As time goes on, with every trip these days seems to come more–and-more photo taking. I regret not taking as many photos, even as little as one at each stop on previous trips. The memory of most of those trips is still there. But to have just one photo of a places I’ve been that don’t exist anymore, like the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium or a place I can’t put a name on, like a great polish restaurant I was at in Montreal, is a big regret I have.

Cleveland Browns Stadium, Ohio

Cleveland Browns Stadium, the same site where the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium sat.

3. Christchurch. I was in Christchurch for a while, leaving only a week before the February 2011 earthquake. You may be thinking why would I regret leaving right before a major catastrophe. The fact that I wasn’t there to help a place that I became so close to, along with helping and being there for loved ones is something I think back on a lot and wished I would have been there to lend a helping hand immediately after.

Bridge of Remembrance, Christchurch, New Zealand

Bridge of Rememberance in Christchurch, New Zealand right before the earthquake. In need of extensive repair now.

Thank you again Pola for tagging me. Here are her three travel regrets. I’m interested to hear about some of the travel regrets Anis of Five Footer Traveller, Ellen of Feugomania and Bryan & Jessica of asixpackofstories have.

Do you have anything you look back on and regret in regards to travel?

Photo of the Week: It’s the Skyline that Gets Me, Sydney.

The skyline of Sydney, Australia stares right back at me from the walkway along the east side of Sydney Cove. You have the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Cove itself all within view, but it’s the skyline that gets me every time! 🙂

Sydney, Australia skyline

Sydney Opera House During a Walk.

Sydney, Australia. When people think Sydney one of the first things they think of is the Opera House. It’s an iconic building built-in 1973 and visited by people from all over the world. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts more than 1,500 performances of the arts every year.

During the one day layover I had last year, I walked along Circular Quay, Sydney and Farm Cove and wherever I looked, there was a photo to capture of the Opera House.

Shot from Mrs. Macquaries Point, a romantic spot opposite the Farm Cove where many shots of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge can be captured together.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Zoomed in shot from the same spot.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Photo from just south of the Opera House at the historical Man O’War Steps.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

From a little further back towards the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Walking along the east side of Sydney Cove, looking out towards the harbour, you’ll find more great shots of the bridge and Opera House together.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Cove, Australia

From the bottom of the steps on the front and south side.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

The Opera House and all of Sydney is great to see and capture up-close. I need to have a longer stay there next time. What places would you recommend capturing photos of the Opera House from? Of Sydney itself?

Photo of the Week: An Iced Chocolate in Sydney.

Sydney, Australia - Iced Chocolate

Spending time in Australia and New Zealand I’ve become hooked on iced chocolates. The one pictured above is from Sydney Cove Oyster Bar. Dining outside right in the heart of the city, your right by the Sydney Opera House and you have amazing views of the cove and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Chocolate and great scenery, what could be better?!

I’ve had iced chocolate drinks at various locales that were blended together to look like a milkshake, one solid color. What I like about this is you can taste each ingredient individually and together and it makes for a much better presentation.

What’s in an iced chocolate? Usually a combination of ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and ice. You’ll find it offered everywhere in Australia and New Zealand, so there will be a lot more deliciousness in the future. Have you had an iced chocolate? If so where? Any secret home-made recipes you’re willing to share? 🙂