We are so lucky! Francesca's friend, Katrina, has kindly offer us to stay at her place for the weekend and gladly we accepted.
Our first evening in Sydney we went for a drink at the Opera Bar, possibly one of the coolest location for an open air bar, just on the waterfront next to theOpera House. I was breathless with excitement, I felt the same way I felt when I first walked in New York and spotted the Chrysler building. After a couple of champagne Fran and I treated ourself to a nice dinner at Doyle's, a fish restaurant with a spectacular view of Sydney's harbour.
During the weekend the weather was great so we spent most of our time between Coogee Beach and Watsons Bay, lazying in the sun and taking small breaks for a juice of a light meal…ah bliss!
One evening we went out with Katrina's family, they are Greek and we had somefunny My-big-fat-greek-wedding moments with the 'Portokalos', basically a greek version of my our family.
On Sunday evening it was time to leave Katrina and check in at our hotel in the Ultimo area, an up and coming borough of Sydney., the road we stay in is actually eally cute with rows of period houses. The only major issues with the place is this big ass black bird that makes this AAH AAH Oooooooooooh noise that drives you a little insane, especially at 5 am!
Following Katrina's suggestion, we spent a whole day at the zoo and it was AWESOME!I know I know it's a zoo, and it's sad, and touristy and whatever, but it was great, it was like being a kid again we just walked around getting all excited about the animals and I got to see the freaking koalas, which I wouldn't have seen otherwise, oh and teh wombat, the wombats are cuuute. Well we loved it.
I didn't mention thay since Fran and I are cursedweather wise in Sydney the sun has gone and it has been chilly and rainy for the whole week, making it hard to enjoy the city to the fullest but our enthusiasm hasn'tfaded and a girl can always shop, no? And so we did for a while, but interrupted the retails therapy with a short visit to Manly beach, surfers' paradise about 30 min ferry ride from Sydney harbour.
Now we come to the highlight of the week, the Harbour Bridge Climb, possibly the coolest thing I ever done in my life.Thanks Fran! The climb takes about 2 and ½ hours, it's easy and slow and you have all the time you need to take in the 360 degree view of the city. I strongly suggest to anyone that goes or even lives in Sydney to do it, I would definitely do it again. Once you are on top of the bridge, you feel on top of the world, free, you have all sorts of feeling welling up depending on where you are in life.
Our last night in Sydney we spent it with Katrina and her boyfriend James,we had dinner in this amazing Greek restaurant, we binged as one does in these occasion and said goodbye to our friends and Sydney, well it's more and arrivederci really. We'll be back.