Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Delicate baby's feet

The soft and delicate feet of a baby, so cute and fresh, still very pink and wrinkly.

 

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Wonderful moments in Sydney

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Ferry
Sydney Opera House

I’ve been a little ‘out of touch’ this week as a result of choosing to minimise the number of gadgets in my carry on and only take my DSLR and iPhone to Sydney. Sure I could access the internet on my phone but I preferred to indulge in other activities on my week off.

One day was devoted to food and window shopping, although an Olga Berg handbag on sale did convince me to open my purse and hand over the plastic. Jamie Oliver has opened a restaurant aptly named Jamie’s Italian in Pitt Street, the reviews from friends and family were good, nobody was in the least put off by the fact that they had to queue because the restaurant doesn’t take bookings – the bar is a fine place to wait. My friend and I were there for lunch and we just beat the ‘business lunch’ rush so there was no waiting and we were directed to a tiny little table off to the side, the wall next to us was stacked with bottles of wine and kept in place with wire mesh. Bubbles being the drink of choice, we perused the overwhelming menu (overwhelming because we wanted to try a bit of everything and knew we couldn’t) and watched as tasty morsels of food were delivered to the tables around us. The food we ordered was heaven, a taste sensation that I hadn’t experienced for a while and with any luck I’ll be heading to Sydney again with a meal at Jamie’s Italian high on the list of things to do…again.

Jamie's Italian restaurant
Jamie’s Italian restaurant on Pitt Street
Green olives on ice served with tapenade and crispbread
Green olives on ice served with tapenade and crispbread
Italian Nachos - fried ravioli and arrabiata sauce
Italian Nachos – fried four cheese ravioli served with parmesan and arrabiata sauce
Bruschetta with grilled vegetables, bocconcini cheese and pine nuts
Bruschetta with grilled vegetables, bocconcini cheese and pine nuts
Truffle tagliatelle with a sauce of parmesan, butter, nutmeg and truffle
Truffle tagliatelle with a sauce of parmesan, butter, nutmeg and truffle
Jamie's Italian menu
Jamie’s Italian menu

A walk around Circular Quay to admire the Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and to watch the buskers at work is always a pleasant way to work off the kilojoules consumed at lunch, especially if the weather is being particularly nice. At the moment all the gardens are in full bloom and the Jacaranda trees are covered with purple flowers, it is a spectacular sight and even though there are many similar photos in my archives I can’t help but take a couple more.

You wouldn’t think we would need afternoon tea following such a delicious lunch, but Laduree has also recently opened in Sydney and I was not leaving the city without purchasing some of their famous Macarons. We stopped off at David Jones prior to Laduree in order to see their Christmas window display, although not as good as Melbourne’s Myer Christmas windows it was still fun to see and listening to Christmas Carols always puts a smile on my face. Laduree is on the third floor of the Westfield shopping centre in Pitt Street mall, we were expecting a more of a Paris salon or high tea ambiance but the Laduree counter is adjacent to the escalators and the seating is in the open. Still, it was a nice way to enjoy a pot of tea with my friend and the raspberry and pistachio macarons were scrumptious even if they were imported frozen from Switzerland. The additional coffee, vanilla, chocolate and pistachio macarons I purchased were presented in a pretty paper bag and gently placed in my handbag, slightly squashed, they were later enjoyed with family.

Circular Quay and the Jacaranda trees
Jacaranda trees in full bloom, Circular Quay
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
David Jones Christmas window display
David Jones Christmas window display
Border Collie and sheep, David Jones Christmas window display
Border Collie and sheep, David Jones Christmas window display
Laduree, Sydney
Laduree, Sydney
Silver service tea at Laduree
Silver service tea at Laduree
Laduree macarons and merchandise
Laduree macarons and merchandise

And now for the real reason I went to Sydney…

Gorgeous baby girl
My beautiful little niece, Aleyah.

…my brother’s first child and my parents first grandchild was born in August, I had not yet had the privilege of meeting Aleyah and already she is 3 months old. This gorgeous little girl stole my heart with her easy going nature and smiley face, spending time with her was the highlight of my stay in Sydney.