• Instagramming Two Weeks in Sydney in 20 Photos

    Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is on the largest, the oldest and one of the most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Like San Francisco,  Sydney has earned an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities. The city is home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on the planet.

    Two weeks in Sydney were just the right amount of time to enjoy the city sites. Much of our stay revolved around checking out the famous sights (you know, the touristy things), going off the beaten path (the not-so-touristy things), strolling Bondi, ferry rides to Manly and North Sydney, noshing on gelato from Gelato Messina in Surry Hills; and getting lost to genuinely discover the Harbour City in a non-tourist way. We even ate our way like Bourdain, ate Mexican Food (Yes, Mexican…as in cuisine south of the border from California. Shocked? Yes. Delicious? Absolutely!); and walked our way all around town. (Sydney is a very walkable city)

    Where we stayed: Our first few nights we stayed in a hotel in near Kings Cross. We quickly learned to not trust the guidebook, based on this recommendation. Not to mention the cost of internet (or lack of). We quickly switched gears and found a lovely room-share via Airbnb in Surry Hills; Surry hills reminded us much of San Francisco’s Mission-meets-Marina district in terms of the vibe, the coffee culture and foodies. The last leg of our stay here we also opted for a room share via Airbnb in the charming suburb of Redfern near Surry Hills. The place where we stayed was a penthouse with stunning views of the Sydney city scape, close to virtually everything. Our hosts at both locations made our stay feel as if we were at home.

    Insider Tip: If you are planning a trip to Australia , DO keep in mind that this is a VERY costly city. Whatever your budget is, double it! Even Londoners were complaining about how darn expensive Sydney is.

    This trip seems like it was long ago, and it was difficult to select 20 photos. Two weeks in Sydney, Instagrammed in 20 photos

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    Sydney reminded me much of San Francisco and the Bay Area with its neighborhoods and those surrounding it in the Greater Sydney area.

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    A day in Woollahra–we picked up food from Victor Churchill, bread and gluten-free crackers from a shop near by, and beverages; and headed to Centennial Park for a picnic.

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    Woollahra, a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. We spent the day like an Aussie–relaxing in the warm summer sun in Centennial Park.

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    Museums are free in Sydney. The Museum of Contemporary Art sits near Circular Quay where one can enjoy the sun, the beautiful harbour and view of the bridge and opera house.

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    This city is brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design.

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    Me, walking up with to the Sydney Opera House.

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    Elated! I can’t believe I am in Sydney!

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    Gelato Messina — a line out the door and around the corner. Worth the hype!

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    A picture perfect day on the beautiful Bondi Beach.

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    Us, walking Bondi-Coogee

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    Bondi to Coogee Walk is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches.

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    The walk features stunning views, beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools.

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    The immigration trends have led to the city’s reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. Even Mexican cuisine is popular here.

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    Flying into Sydney

    Flying into Sydney from the Whitsunday’s was a nice treat to view the full city scape–the bridge, the opera house, the royal botanical garden…amazing!

    xxo, valerie

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