Tales of a minibreak – Part 3

Today was a real highlight of our break so far. After grabbing a brekky wrap at the little coffee place down in Sussex Lane, we found our way to The Rocks. A walking tour was what we wanted to do and I’d hopped online over breakfast and booked two spots.

We stopped off at the ever-intriguing Museum of Contemporary Art and spent an hour there before continuing on our way.

Sally from The Rocks Walking Tours was our guide for the afternoon and she was so lovely! I was pleasantly surprised at how happy she was to accommodate everyone in our little group. She walked slower for those who were a little less mobile, she walked through the entire group showing photos so each of us could see them and she answered any questions we had with a great big smile and a lovely manner. I couldn’t speak higher of Sally and the Walking Tours group. For just $25, it was such great value and took a neat 1.5hrs to see all the behind-the-scenes spots in The Rocks. We really loved our time wandering about the historic area.

For a late lunch we found ourselves at The Fine Food Store and the food really was nice. Pity the service was a bit yucky – having never been there before, we had chosen meals from the menu but were abruptly told that it was just “whatever is in the window”. The lady serving us seemed to be having a really bad day so I chose to believe that maybe her pet had died or she’d found out some equally bad news that made her surly and abrupt. The guy I presumed to be the chef, was so lovely and took the time to help me choose something from the window, which helped make me feel more at home.

After another big day out, we took a break and then went for a swim. Dinner was made in our apartment tonight and we took great delight in setting up our simple pasta and salad meal on our little balcony, complete with a wine glass full of chilled orange juice on ice. Little moments like that remind me that you don’t need a lot of money to enjoy a ‘fancy’ meal. Moments are what you make them.

Oh and also, we watched the end of JFK. Overall, I thought it was good but a little awkward. Not sure how else to describe it. It was spooky to realize that very soon it will be 50 years since Kennedy died. What a coincidence!

Here are some snaps from today…

The side of an original gas lamp. The local council has been restoring them and placing them around the area.
The side of an original gas lamp. The local council has been restoring them and placing them around the area.
An ornate grate in one of the old sandstone buildings.
An ornate grate in one of the old sandstone buildings.
I loved the mouldings around these windows.
I loved the mouldings around these windows.
One of the beautiful old buildings with original signage.
One of the beautiful old buildings with original signage.
Here, you can see the Harbour Bridge right next to one of the old store house buidlings.
Here, you can see the Harbour Bridge right next to one of the old store house buidlings.
Some of the amazing sandstone brick work created by the hands of the convicts.
Some of the amazing sandstone brick work created by the hands of the convicts.
A close up of the sandstone  mortar that was mixed with seashells to save money.
A close up of the sandstone mortar that was mixed with seashells to save money.
A modern carving into sandstone in The Rocks.
A modern carving into sandstone in The Rocks.
An old stairwell going nowhere.
An old stairwell going nowhere.
Wood meets stone.
Wood meets stone.
Always remember to look up at all the beautiful architecture!
Always remember to look up at all the beautiful architecture!
Stunning old trees growing through a walkway.
Stunning old trees growing through a walkway.
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