Monday, August 1, 2016

Snaps of Sydney

We're in Sydney for a few days (again) - not doing very much other than enjoying ourselves and justifying our mini break by dutifully attending our Body Corporate AGM (which is tonight!).

It's been ages since we've stopped off at our fave Thanh Binh in Cabramatta on our way into Coogee for the best Pho in Sydney (and the divine rice vermicelli and sugar cane prawns). There are a lot of changes in Cabramatta - so many of the little bakeries are being taken over by the bigger franchises so it's much harder to find all my old favourite sticky rice dumplings with their varied fillings!!
 Coogee Beach looked beautiful in the very late afternoon light on Friday.

Rob has a decent smart phone (Samsung) at last...and his picture (below) is so much better than mine (iPhone) (above). I will have to watch out or he will overtake me in the happy snap taking department!

The southern end of the beach still looks very scarred from the bad storms in June. The Coogee SLSC is looking very vulnerable now, built so low on the rock platform.
Rob was quite entertained by his new phone in Hyde Park while I was looking at some shops in Westfield CBD on Saturday. He was thrilled with this brilliantly lit, foreshortened view of St Mary's.
 ....and his bubble pic (kids playing in Hyde Park)...I am really worried about the competition from Rob in the taking snaps department now!!!
Yesterday we went walking around the new Barangaroo development to the south west of Walsh Bay. Apparently James Packer is planning a 1.5 billion casino and apartment block/s in the area south of this landscaped part of Barangaroo Reserve - and the opening is planned in 2021!
This part of Barangaroo Reserve (below) is rather amazing with its huge carefully placed blocks of Sydney sandstone and native vegetation. It has won major landscaping awards.

We finished off our morning's walk around Barangaroo at Cafe Sopra in Walsh Bay and a gelati for dessert at our fave Gelato Messina in Darlinghurst. We were on our way to the Palace Verona in Oxford Street to see "Love and Friendship"...a deliciously witty way to end our day in Sydney!

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