A weekend trip to the ‘big smoke’

There were many reasons to head down to the ‘big smoke’, as my husband jokingly calls Sydney, but the most important one was to attend the baby shower of my brother’s girlfriend. My brother and his girlfriend are expecting their first baby, this baby is also the first (human) grand child for my parents so on Friday, armed with gifts for the soon-to-be parents, I boarded the plane to Sydney.

Vivid 2012 is a light festival of sorts, you may have already seen photos on This Sydney Life, imagine my delight when my brother’s girlfriend arranged for me to meet her and another friend at Circular Quay to check out it out on Friday night. Of course the area was jam-packed with people wanting to see the installations, the weather was perfect for such an event and this was the last weekend of Vivid. Moving at the pace of a baby learning to crawl we walked from the train station around to the Rocks, stopping regularly to take photos and just admire the show. Light and music combined to create an awesome display on Custom House and the Museum of Contemporary Art whilst the Opera House had slow moving images projected onto the surface of the sails, serious photographers lined the water’s edge with their tripods with the aim of capturing the perfect night time shot. Dinner was from a stall at the night markets, the choice of food was huge and varied from corn on the cob, sweet potato chips, pad thai, paella and organic hamburgers to dutch pancakes, gelato and cannoli. The seafood paella was scrumptious, we squeezed fresh lemon over the dish and looked for a place where we could sit, relax and enjoy the meal.

The baby shower was on Saturday, a fun time was had by all and of course there was plenty of yummy food to snack on, not to mention cakes and apple crumble pie for dessert. Games are always on the agenda at a baby shower, over the years I have played a few different ones but never have I performed so poorly at a task than on Saturday when as part of ‘pass the parcel’ I was required to sing a nursery rhyme. Even with assistance I could barely get out more than a couple of lines and I’m pretty sure that I even stuffed that up, someone suggested a buy a book of nursery rhymes however I’ll probably just end up googling them instead.

While in Sydney it seemed a shame not to go shopping with one of my dearest friends Jo, when I lived in Sydney it was a popular past time of ours and we often combined shopping with a visit to David Jones Food Hall, the Rocks Markets and a gallery or two. The plan was to meet up with Jo on the Sunday, the weather was looking bleak, it was a good idea to stay indoors and thankfully many of the shops in the Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building are linked and rarely require you to venture outside. Much money was saved shopping in the sales, my objective was to find new shoes, shirts and a handbag for work and I did just that, saving $100-$150 in the process which is pretty good by anyone’s standards. Lunch was in an asian kitchen/laksa house, we assumed that the number of asian people eating there was a good sign and certainly we found both the seafood and chicken laksa to be more than satisfactory. A hot chocolate mid-afternoon sustained us until we had to head home, shopping bags aplenty and a box of cupcakes in hand we joined the throng of people underground, said our goodbyes and caught the train home. With the rain pouring down and the temperature plummeting as night fell, walking into my brother’s home and smelling the heavenly scent of roast lamb and potato bake cooking in the oven was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend.

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9 thoughts on “A weekend trip to the ‘big smoke’

  1. megtraveling June 11, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    Fantastic story and pictures! Sydney is beautiful in the evening, and the chance to see your family and friends must have made your visit just about perfect (even with some rain) … 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies June 13, 2012 / 1:52 pm

      Thanking you, Sydney is a spectacular city to see of a night time, even without the different lighting displays and it was a perfect weekend despite the rain 🙂

  2. akiwiinlondon June 12, 2012 / 1:35 am

    Great photos – the light festival looks really cool. Don’t know if you saw but there was a great light display during the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace – was very cool to see 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies June 13, 2012 / 1:53 pm

      Ta muchly, it was pretty awesome to see the city and some of its major attractions lit up like that. It must have been amazing to be in London during the Jubilee, they certainly put on a great show and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do for the Olympics 🙂

      • akiwiinlondon June 13, 2012 / 6:24 pm

        It was very cool – I even went and stood for hours to see the Royal Family go past in their carriage – was a moment of great excitement!

        I’m looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time – I plan on hardly ever going in Central London coz it will be a logistical nightmare!

  3. This Sydney Life June 12, 2012 / 8:53 am

    So glad you had a great time in the ‘big smoke’ AND that you saw Vivid in all its glory before the heavens opened. Yay! 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies June 13, 2012 / 1:55 pm

      I’ve always loved Sydney, even though many of our expats living in the UK think it is highly over-rated. Vivid was a wonderful surprise, my family lives about an hour away by train so I didn’t know if I’d get to see it and I was extremely happy that the weather stayed nice .

  4. Bosun Dawg June 12, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    Wonderful post and photos. Thanks for the trip!

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