I am FINALLY starting to share our Honeymoon adventures. I am excited to be writing these posts because as much as I want to share them with all of you, I also want to write them to keep them for my memories. They will be detailed with lots of links to the places we stayed and what we did in Sydney, Auckland and Rarotonga.
As most of you know, Ryan and I were married on August 15.2015. We went on our Honeymoon in October of 2015. Australia was a country that was on both of our bucket lists. Late one night, I was searching Groupon for trips and saw one for Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and Rarotonga. We jumped at the opportunity to go. We started our planning our trip with Down Under Answers. They were so helpful and lined everything up for us, like our flights, transportation, activities and hotels.
We flew out to LAX and had a few hours between flights. Since we had to re-check all of our luggage, we decide to go to Dave and Busters near the airport. We played some arcade games and watched some football. After that we headed back to LAX to board our overnight flight to Auckland. It was one of the largest planes that I have flown on – 3 by 3 by 3. They had served us some airplane food and we landed in Auckland in the morning. We had one more flight to Sydney to begin our adventures.
Once we arrived in Sydney, we had gathered our luggage and met our driver to take us to the Cambridge Hotel in Surry Hills. When we arrived we had a whole day ahead of us to explore. Our hotel was in the perfect location because we were able to walk to everything that we wanted to go see. Ryan and I went to Darling Harbour and ate at a Baked Potato Bar called Georgie’s Spuds & Snags. I had a Hawaiian Chicken Spud. You will notice that a lot of these blog posts will have food photos! I am a foodie and schedule my days around my meals 🙂 I love trying new things and was lucky to do so on this trip.
At the Darling Harbour, we walked around the Australian National Maritime Museum and captured this awesome photo! It is the HMB Endeavor Replica.
The next stop was the Chinese Garden of Friendship where Ryan and I had some tea and relaxed. Ryan had Strawberry Tea and I had some Black Tea. This place is magical. You walk in and you feel like you are in a completely different area. They had metal cut outs of the Chinese Calendar animals.
After this, we went back to the hotel and fell asleep at 6:30pm. We didn’t wake up until 4:30am! We may have been a bit messed up on the time from the flight. Since we had a good nights sleep we found a coffee shop that opened up pretty early and began our next day. We walked down towards Circular Quay and stopped to visit St. Mary’s Cathedral. It was so big and so beautiful both inside and out. It is an English Style Gothic Church founded in 1821. A few photos are below to show the inside.
This is Sydney Tower Eye. We could see this from the Church and decided not to go to the top 🙂
These next few photos are kind of out of order from our trip, but we did do a few other really awesome things like touring the Sydney Fish Market. Ryan and I both love fresh fish, so having something like this in Sydney was pretty neat. I wish we had one back in Nebraska!
The evening of Day 3 we were trying to figure out what to do. We decide to go to a show at the Sydney Opera House. We had picked Velvet, which turned out to be a burlesque/cirque de sol type of show. It was pretty surprising, but a lot of fun!
On our last day in Sydney we did a little shopping and this was the very first place I tried a macaroon. It was so good!!! We also went through Patty’s Market and purchased a Boomerang, coasters and wine corks.
Ryan and I went to Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney to eat supper before we went to the Matilda Broadway Show. We had some Bruschetta and some Mac and Cheese.
We also went to the Star Theater and saw the show Matilda. It was Ryan’s first broadway show. The singing and the acting was amazing!! The Trunchbull was pretty manly and Matilda and Miss. Honey were spot on in comparison to the movie. I am so excited because they are bringing the show to the Lied Center this coming year and Ryan and I have tickets!
Stayed tuned for the next post which is all about the Opera House and Whale Watching!