People often ask me if I miss Sydney. And I don’t. I really don’t. It’s not that I don’t love the old show pony in all her sparkly glory, it’s just that it’s now a nice place to visit, or come to for work. And that’s about it. I don’t miss the traffic. The humidity. The hustle. The parking. I do miss my friend’s that live here. Our families. The good coffee available everywhere. The sushi. And the dumplings. I really miss the dumplings.
Last week we were lucky enough to head up to Sydney for 2 nights to re-discover our old home town of Sydney and give the girls a taste of summer in the city. We happily hightailed it up the highway, out of the heat up and checked into the Hilton into our connecting rooms which would be our home for 2 nights. The girls instantly made themselves right at home.
I made myself at home by pouring a champagne.
It still amazes me that my kids are such country kids now. Even though they have only been there for 2 years. They get amazed by the buildings. The planes! The buses and all the people.
While Rob went off to the gym, I took the girls for a spot of afternoon shopping. As you do. We met my Mum who was looking after the girls for us so Rob and I could hit the town for dinner with friends. When we made it back to the hotel we hopped up to the Executive Lounge that we had access to – for some scones and tea. Shopping, afternoon tea, time with Grandma? A perfect afternoon.
After a quick costume change and farewell to the girls and Grandma, Rob and I headed down to a Hilton institution: The Marble Bar, for a pre dinner champagne, or two with our friends. It’s an amazing space, like going back in time, and was the perfect place to catch up with some old dear friends.
Unfortunately the Hilton’s restaurant Glass was closed (as was Zeta Bar) while we were there so after drinks we headed further down George Street to eat at one of Merivale’s latest restaurants: Felix Bistro. I’d heard great things about it, and it did not let down. It was like going back to Baltihazar in New York – superb food and wine and beautiful decor. Well worth a look if you are in Sydney.
The next morning we were up bright and early (despite the joy that is a complete block out blind and air conditioning) ready to tackle the town. I re-discovered an old run down to the Opera House that Rob and I used to do when we first lived together in a run down terrace in East Sydney while Rob had another session at the gym. We had breakfast up at the lounge and then headed out into the hot city.
The girls requested a visit to the Museum to see some Dinosaur bones (just like in Peppa Pig Harps told me) and seeing as it was a quick walk across the park and airconditioned, it was a perfect option.
After about an hour of looking at birds and bones, rocks and butterflies we convinced the girls that a quick walk to the Art Gallery would be really good fun. And of course we bribed them with the promise of a lemonade if they let us go and have a quick look around. Rob and I used to go there all the time pre-kids, so it was a lovely reminder of a great time for us.
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