On our third day in Sydney, we slept in a bit and then headed out in search of lunch. We wandered first through the CBD (central business district) and the Circular Quay:
We hit up the Rocks again, where now they were having the weekend market. I was so excited to get some fresh juice!
Paul found a neat stall selling rings made from Australian coins. He got one from 1947!
Farther on we found more stalls selling more goods. There was one shop in particular that would have delighted my dad…
We found ourselves at the Mercantile Hotel, Australia’s longest running Irish pub, for lunch! Paul had fish and chips again, and I had an amazing steak pie with mashed potatoes and peas.
I’m not gonna lie, I ate too much.
After recovering, we headed out to Manly Wharf on the ferry from the Circular Quay with our friends Rianna and Maya. It was so beautiful out on the water!
It was lovely being able to fully understand children again. We saw, as one child enthusiastically shouted, a “pirate ship.”
After a 35-40 minute ferry ride, we made it to Manly Wharf!
We discovered later that the actual Manly Beach is on the other side of the town (we ended up seeing it after dark, so no pictures), but we definitely enjoyed the rocky beachside along Fairlight Walk!
I’ve decided that if I ever get rich, I’m moving there!
I’ve just got to reiterate how amazing Rianna and Maya are. I was so happy to spend the afternoon with them!
It’s been a long time since I’ve hung around a pair of sisters so close! They were a hoot!
Rianna: Let’s do a heart, do a heart with me!
And thank you Maya for taking pictures of us!
Coincidentally, last Thursday (the 8th) was our anniversary! We’ve made it four years, yaaaay!
Now, you might have thought, “Why exactly did they choose to go to Manly?”
EXCEPT WE MUST HAVE BEEN TOO EARLY BECAUSE THERE WERE NO PENGUINS T.T
Manly is famous for its Fairy Penguins (or “Little Penguins”). We were really hoping to see them, but June is just the first month they start to come in, so we must have been too early! Alas!
At least we got to see these awesome illustrations by local school kids. That furiously dancing penguin is the raddest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
Afterwards, the four of us hit up a Mexican restaurant for dinner with Sam and Kevin. It was my first time eating in a proper Mexican restaurant in almost a year, and it was so wonderful. I had myself a watermelon margarita!
Afterwards Rianna, Maya, Paul, and I headed back to the wharf and hopped on a ferry back into Sydney. I mentioned in the previous post that we were there at the same time as Vivid Sydney, and my goodness, did we have a good view!
At first we came in and thought, “Oh, hmm, the Sydney Opera House looks just like it normally would at night!”
And then we rounded it and BOOM! Awesomeness!
We got off and followed the crowd on the path along the harbour, past the opera house and towards the Botanic Gardens:
I found myself agreeing with a boat:
We saw beautiful sunflower installations that turned their heads up and down:
Some cute lil kiwis that changed colour:
We followed the lights up into the Botanic Gardens:
Paul and Maya got pretty tired of stopping to wait every two feet for me and Rianna to catch up after taking pictures, haha (thanks for waiting for us, guys!)
It was a fantastic day!
Til next time! またね！