Sydney – 2010 – Through my lens


We went to Sydney. The spouse had his 3rd conference in the city in the third year in a row in school holidays. We all went.

We’ve stuck close to the tourist route in previous years with favourite places being Sticky, the MCA, The Underground Pool and Hyde Park. This year I was eager (desperate!) to find odd places in Sydney. This time we stayed in Kings Cross (as we did the first time we took the boy to Sydney – at 10 months of age), made it to Rockdale and explored. Walked 3 million kilometres…

My favourite day in Sydney was our last full one. We went to the MCA, but they had only an Annie Leibowitz exhibition on. Oddly, I didn’t feel in the right frame of mind to go, so we missed the gallery this year. Sticky took the boy’s attention for 45 minutes as we watched candy come into being… and then we hopped on a ferry to Milson’s point and hung out in Wendy Whitely’s secret garden for several hours. Wendy established the garden from nothing – it didn’t even belong to her, it belonged to the railways. She tamed it and has made it a garden to be lost in for hours at a time. The boy found another child sharing his name and they played chase in the avenues of the garden for ages.

This was my view in the garden – We were only there 2 hours!!!!

We were playing pokemon – honestly, I should have remembered the camera and not made a face!

The spouse joined us post conference and we hopped on another ferry to Balmain. This was the view from the ferry:

Don’t hate me.

Then, of course, we caught the bus up the hill to eat at the legendary patissier Adriano Zumbo‘s patissierie! I ordered the mandarin curd tart, the boy had a milo concoction and the spouse had a berry and custard brioche. Nom, Nom, Nom.


We then meandered and had dinner with the spouse’s Sydney based cousin who has recently bought her first house! Yay her! We were disturbed by a woman at the table next to us who drunkenly told me her stories. I was raw after that one. First the garden, such a story of love, then this woman telling me about her loves and her family…. The trip was about my relationships with my son, my partner and my self. I’m moving forward… but wait ’til I share the insanity that Melbourne provoked….

Awesome times. These are the things worth remembering. The cuddles under the tree, the food, the company. The heat, the love, the fun, the adventuring. The boy was an excellent sport through it all…

I might share more of Sydney… I have better photos… I really want to share my passion of the street art… but, really? This is the important stuff. This is what I want to remember.


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