style spotter: sydney day & night

Throughout our RTW, most of the things I missed revolved around food: pizza, bagels, Shake Shack… you know, the usual. Material stuff, on the other hand, wasn’t bothering me. I adjusted to living out of a backpack pretty quickly, and, surprisingly enough, I didn’t miss having a diverse wardrobe the way I had expected. At least not at first. For the first three weeks, it was easy: beach hopping around Hawaii and Fiji doesn’t require much. Then, month two kicked off in New Zealand, and between the camping and the plummeting temperatures, all I wanted to do was wear all of my clothes and eat Ramen. Fashion shmashion, I said! (Probably even literally, we drank…

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ultimately sydney: wining & dining our way through a new city

I’d like to take a moment to thank the genius who invented food tours. If you already know a city like the back of your hand, it’s the perfect way to navigate a neighborhood you may not frequent. Alternatively, if you only have a few days to explore, what could be better than eating your way through a new city? Seeing as the latter was our situation in Sydney, I can tell you: little is better. We spent a half day with Ultimately Sydney, and by the end of it, I saw the city’s food scene much differently than I had expected. It’s not all shrimp on the barbie & fish and chips, after all!…

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relaxing in rocks square (or, how i fell in love with a house in ruins)

After our morning tour of the Sydney Opera House, the hubs and I decided to stay close to the harbor. The weather was absolutely gorgeous on our first day in Australia, and after the chill of New Zealand’s South Island, we were craving more sun and waterfront views.  As we wandered, we eventually found ourselves in The Rocks, which, as it turns out, was one of the best ways to spend our mid-morning. To be honest, it’s clearly a super touristy area. It was reminiscent of New York’s South Street Seaport, and some of the stores and restaurants were the cheesiest. Still, in a city that feels so new, it was a nice little reminder…

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sipping wine in australia’s hunter valley

It’s true: the hubs & I didn’t last long in Australia without heading to the vineyards. On our second day in Sydney, Rae from Boutique Tours Australia picked us up bright and early. Along with a motley crew of fellow tasters, we made our way north to Australia’s Hunter Valley for a day of vineyard==hopping. Hunter prides itself as Australia’s oldest and most renowned wine region. After prepping ourselves on the region’s offerings with their free iPad app, we were excited to focus our day on the smaller, independently owned wineries in the area. We kicked off our tour at Iron Gate Estate, whose Italian-inspired cellar door made for the most beautiful place we visited. Unfortunately, the…

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