Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Without A Hitch

As I promised, have a look at the 452,763 pictures from the guys visit to Sydney!  Im getting exhausted just looking back at all of these pics…and it makes me miss them already!  At least we could say we covered just about everything Sydney has to offer.  And it all went off without a hitch!  
Dinner and drinks at Opera Bar after a guided tour of the Opera House. What a way to start the trip! 
Looking from the balcony of the Opera House into our apartment…with our very easy to spot mirror reflecting across the water.  Taking it all in.  R and I have been to a musical in this hall before, but it was nice to see it empty and really appreciate the beauty of the building.   
…and there is the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall!  Luckily there wasn't a production setting up so we were allowed to take photos…but of course, the picture doesn't do the hall justice.
Mosman Bay Bushwalk to Taronga Zoo.  We couldn't help but stop along the way and enjoy the scenery.   Lucky pup, Teddy, got to come along as well!
Sirius Cove in Mosman.  Quaint and fun.  Teddy enjoyed his paws in the sand with the dudes…
While Teddy and I went home to clean up, the boys spent the rest of their afternoon at the beautiful Taronga Zoo.  Ross was always busy admiring chasing the birds.  
There goes Dan trying to sweet talk the kangaroo.  I think this zoo has the best views of Sydney….there is something about seeing an amazing creature like a giraffe with the opera house and harbour peeking through.  Doesn't get any better.
Posing! The guys stop at the aquarium really made them excited for the Great Barrier Reef trip the next day.  
It was just me and the two boys for the next few activities in the city while R dropped our bags off and picked Teddy up from the kennel after our stay in Cairns.
Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park.  One of my favorite spots to sit on a bench to read and people watch.  
State Library of New South Wales.  This stop was for Ross and his love of all things books and history.  
Hyde Park and St. Mary's Cathedral.  
Town Hall and Anzac War Memorial.  And there goes Ross again with the birds...
Royal Botanical Gardens and Mrs Macquaries Point.  Your classic snapshot of the Sydney harbour.  The boys and I couldn't help but sit, stay awhile, and take it all in.
Featherdale Wildlife Park! A great place to send all the guys while I cooked Thanksgiving lunch.  
This more intimate setting allows for close encounters with the koalas, kangaroos, and other animals native to Australia.  
Im not sure how I pulled it off, but our small Thanksgiving lunch was a success!  This was my first time to cook everything for the holiday without any help…and may be the last haha. I started cooking at 8 am and had everything prepared "on time" for our 1 pm goal time.  Crazy to think all that work that goes into it for 15 minutes of chomping. While we all missed our families and holiday traditions, we had each others company to be thankful for this year.
The plate spread.  I had a hard time finding a turkey, so we went with freshly cooked ham from the local butcher shop instead!  R even helped and made the glaze.  I think the men should always be in charge of cooking the meat.  We caught up on football the rest of the afternoon…go frogs!!!  Luckily the victory over UT balanced out the Cowboys loss.  
Yes, there is proof.. I caught all the boys cleaning the 300 dishes used! At least they are useful for something :)  They had to earn their keep.  
I thought I would share some of the recipes from our meal...
Raspberry Baked Brie Bites
Spinach and Rocket Salad with fresh veggies, parmesan, and honey balsamic dressing
Creamed Corn with red bell pepper
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Maple Sweet Potato Cups (I used fresh sweet potatoes instead)
Balsalmic Green Beans with Shallots and Toasted Almonds
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Chocolate Cobbler a la mode
After our Thanksgiving feast, we hopped on the ferry….and caught great views of the opera house and luna park as the sun was setting.  
Then, we caught the train into Darling Harbour where we saw Skyfall at the IMAX!  Great ending to our day I must say.  
Boys will be boys…running through all the fountains and causing a scene at Darling Harbour.   Some things never change...
Manly beach!  Complete with fish and chips lunch…and aggressive seagulls.  This happened to be the only "bad" weather day with high winds and cloudy skies.  Great conditions for the surf watching though!
Our time at the beach went like this…the boys throw a ball around for hours and entertain themselves, I lay around and people watch, Ross jumps in the freezing cold water, R makes fun of him when he gets out, I get buried alive.  Perfect day?!
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Cliffwalk.  The walk turned out to be pretty long, but it was nice to stop at different beaches along the way and explore new areas.  
Of course they had to be adventurous (and make me nervous) by climbing up side paths and such..hence the name "cliff walk" I guess.  
I think you could say they are pros at public transportation now….walking across the bridge, ferry rides galore, train rides into the city, and even a few bus stops.  
The top right photo is a sneak peak of whats to come from our dive trip!  Way to leave with a bang…an impromptu fireworks show on the balcony at home the night before their departure.  We couldn't have planned it any better.  
All in all, this was a vacation we will never forget!  One more surprise for you….in a few days I will be sharing our trip to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef along with a special guest blogger post!  Can you guess who it will be?! Until then, have a great week!   

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