Whoo – spending 7 whole weeks in Sydney was probably the longest stint I’d ever done in Australia. We stayed mostly with my MIL but moved around his siblings’ homes as well plus a short trip to Brisbane over Australia Day weekend. It was a great way to escape the harsh Japanese winter though with our travel schedule this year, it’s quite possible we will only be in Tokyo for the summer months — so lots of “summer time” in 2015!
The husband and I have been together for 12 years so we fly to Sydney twice a year at least and I’ve become very fond of this city…
♥ We made the effort to drive up to Fresh Water, one of the northern beaches that has some surf but isn’t too choppy for small kids. The white sand is so soft and the laid back vibe is perfect for lounging and building sand castles for hours on end. We usually allow lil C to have some ice-cream and then burn it off on the beach.
♥ I had the opportunity to have a couple of play dates with Trishie who helms the very lovely Under Lock & Key and her bubbly lil man, Alex. Our two boys played with each other and shared snacks while we chatted over Trishie’s delicious low-carb Vietnamese pork salad with mint leaves (I’m still thinking about her salad!). It’s so nice to hang out with a fellow mummy blogger with toddlers the same age — we were constantly sharing stories and milestones.
♥ Another fave place in Sydney is Centennial Park where there’s a fun little playground and loads of open lawn to run around in. It was blazing hot the Sunday we went so we sat in the shade to cool off and sip on iced drinks. We used to go running around this park pre-Charles and hope I’ll get to do that again in the future.
♥ When you have kids, I think most people would think that connecting with family becomes a lot more of a priority, especially if there are cousins in the picture. Lil C is so lucky that all his big cousins were so game to play with him even though he is the littlest and still a baby. They were so gentle and thoughtful — the husband and I could hang out with the adults and have proper conversations because the cousins could take care of our lil bubbie! Bliss!
We are actually going back Down Under in March for a month so I don’t have to wait too long to enjoy all these things again. You might be wondering why we are going there so frequently — basically, we have a wedding and a family holiday to go to and both had been planned a while back so we knew the beginning of 2015 would be very Oz-focused.
I would also probably blog about the Aussie beauty products I’ll be using since I tend to pick up stuff there and it’ll be a long trip so pointless to lug my products from Japan over
Have you been to Sydney? What’re your fave things to do and places to visit?