Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Another favourite place we visited in Sydney was the Chinese Garden of Friendship. We were staying in Haymarket, and this was only a few minutes away, and the website had some neat pictures. Let me say, that the pictures does not do justice to the real thing. This garden symbolises the friendship between the people of Guangzhou (a Β southern Chinese city, in the Guangdong province), and Sydney, hence the name.

As you come through the Main Entrance and go though the courtyard, you come across the Dragon Wall. Then as you keep going, you feel as though you’re entering another world.

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We spent almost two hours here, simply walking around and taking in everything. It’s so peaceful and tranquil and there was always something new to look at.

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Moving on, there was lots of bridges and pavilions to look out from. There was also lots of different trees and plants. We couldn’t help taking lots of photos everywhere we looked.

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As we made our way up and down the winding paths, we’d often stop to take photos, and then spend longer just looking around. It was a great way to start off our stay in Sydney.

We spent our whole morning at the garden, and we only left because we got hungry and needed to go to the grocery store to buy stuff for the week.

We would have loved to come back, but there was so much more stuff in Sydney we also wanted to see. If you ever go to Sydney, do not miss a stop at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Photos of the place are amazing, but being there is like being in another world.

Angela.

From Bondi to Coogee

From Bondi to Coogee

It’s been fun reflecting back on our Sydney travels. Today I wanted to talk about one of our highlights, visiting Bondi Beach, and doing the Bondi to Coogee walk.

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From Bondi to Coogee

It’s hard not to think of Bondi when you think of Sydney. It’s probably one of the most famous beaches in the world, not the top one, but I would think it’s up there. We went there twice, the first time we had to cut our trip short as my phone had a mini meltdown and we needed to head back to our hotel to see if we could fix it (SD card had corrupted it for some bizarre reason). Before we headed back though, we started following the coastal walkway. It looked neat, but we were dressed for the beach, not a long walk.

Then we chilled out on the beach for a bit. The water was colder than I hoped it would be, so I just lay in the sun. Here comes the obligatory feet on the beach shot.

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We came back a few days later, and focused on doing the walk. This was one of the best days of the trip. Just Rory and I hanging out, walking and enjoying each other’s company.

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The walk is very popular, there were many other tourists around, as well as many joggers. The walk had lots of stops that had exercises, Rory stopped a fair few times to try them out, and I just watched.

The walk took us around 3 and a half hours, we were just meandering our way over. It’s not a hard walk, and it makes for an enjoyable morning. The beautiful scenery just keeps on coming, and we stopped to take it in a LOT. I could see myself doing that walk on a weekly basis if I was a local.

In case you weren’t sure of where you are, there are signs to help you along the way.

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Finally, we reached Coogee. I found a giant chair and immediately climbed on top of it.

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We had lunch, and then took a bus back. We originally planned to go to the tour of the Opera House that afternoon but all the tickets were gone. So instead, we went to Paddy’s market, and wandered around Haymarket and Chinatown. We tried some ice cream dough balls. It was as described, a small ice cream ball, concealed by a small doughnut. It was a strange sensation, but not a bad one.

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At the end of the day, we bought ourselves some more little treats and settled in for an early night, and more adventures the following day.

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That’s the end of Sydney Adventures! I had so much fun recalling all these past events and looking over past photos. It was definitely a highlight of 2016.

Angela.

Darlington Harbour

Darlington Harbour

The hotel we were staying at was in Haymarket, which is a few minutes walk away from Darlington Harbour. Wellington Harbour is nice, but it’s tiny compared to Darlington (I mean, so is Wellington in regards to Sydney, to be honest). We were there practically every day and evening, just walking along and having a look at everything that was going on. We also took in a lot of the attractions there, such as the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Zoo Sydney and Madame Tussauds Sydney. We also ended our trip by taking a dinner cruise on our last night in Sydney. Darlington Harbour is just as good (if not better) at night.

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Sydney Travels – Darlington Harbour

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Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

As the title says, I did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing back in February. My partner, Rory, had done this before a fair few years ago, but I never have. As a native New Zealander, and a kind of fan of Lord of the Rings, it has been on my to-do list for a while. Now I’m not in the best shape, but this hike didn’t seem too daunting. At least not as bad as the Salkantay Trek up to Machu Picchu I did a few years back.Β So, a deal came up on TreatMe, we took it and went over Waitangi Weekend (February 6, a public holiday in NZ)

If anyone is interested, here’s a link to a map of the day hike:Β Tongariro Crossing

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We stayed at a lodge in Owhango, and got dropped off at around 7am at the Mangatepopo carpark. Already at the beginning, there was a lot of people. This is a very popular day hike (one of the most popular), especially on a weekend in summer. The guide who dropped us off said there was likely 1200 people hiking on this day. This led to very long lines for the toilet, as they are far and few between on this hike. So after a not-so-quick rest stop, we set off at around 7.20am. This hike is said to take around 5 1/2 to 6 hours if you’re just doing the main walk, so we were looking at finishing at around 1-1.30pm.

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Instagram in June

Instagram in June

Previously I’ve done posts about my top monthly Instagram photos I’ve shared. I always love looking back and seeing what photos I’ve posted as I always have fun Β trying to pick one to share each day πŸ™‚

Let’s take a look at my top photos from the month of June!

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Machu Picchu. This was posted on June 1. I spend lots of time reminiscing on my breaks, looking at old holiday photos, among other photos. I wanted to share one of Machu Picchu as I hadn’t shared much Peru ones lately. You can see more photos on my old postΒ Machu Picchu.

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Wedding. This was posted on June 9. You guys know I love looking through my wedding photos, and that I share Β them a lot πŸ˜‚.Β This past month I posted a couple more of the photos on Instagram, and this one is one of my personal favourites.

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Transient

Transient

The theme of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Transient.

Another word that I wasn’t sure what the meaning was, but it’s good to learn these things. Transient is something that lasts for a short time, a brief, short-lived experience, or something that just passes by.

For my interpretation of the theme, I wanted to talk about a beach. Rarangi Beach.

For those who don’t know this is a small beach that can be reached from Blenheim. My regular readers may know that I frequently visited Blenheim when I was younger as part of our summer and Christmas holidays. Every two years we would come down for a week. One of our favourite activities was visiting Rarangi Beach. In later years, we began documenting our travels.

Every two years we returned, we remarked on how the place looked the same, but we ourselves were growing, and changing as a person.

Every time we return, I wonder what stories places like these can tell. So many people, animals, sticks, driftwood and seaweed pass through, from back to the time the beach itself was created.

Even footsteps on the beach don’t last. They fade as the waves wash over them, even while we watch. Not to get too morbid, but we ourselves are transient, we’re only here for a short time compared to the environment around us. I didn’t mean to end this on a somewhat dark note, so let’s end it here. Cherish these little moments, where you’re with your family, on a holiday, or just playing on a beach.

Angela.

New Zealand 101

Hey guys. So this is slightly inspired by my dear friendΒ Alli, who does a series where she researches places she doesn’t know much about, then enlightens us all on what she learnt. I’m taking a bit of a different route, and talking about a country I do know a lot about, and that I live in. It’s going to be slightly informative, but also poking fun a little at my lovely home country.

So, hey, where is New Zealand?

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Thanks Map of World.com

Yes, there we are in the corner. We are often forgotten in most maps in a lot of forms of media, and other things. I have a game called Pandemic, and we like to point out that NZ is barely on the map. In fact, in many movies, if a map comes up, see if NZ is on there. Most times, it’s a no. Which means in all wars and zombie outbreaks, we must be safe and laughing at the rest of the world as it crashes and burns.

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So, let’s learn more about this tiny country made up of a few islands at the bottom of the world.

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