We visited a part of Australia last month, mainly the Blue Mountains and Sydney. We have a friend who lives down there, so we stayed with her kind family. Since we love walking in nature, we’ve walked 2 to 3 hours every day wondering in the canyons and forests while in the Blue Mountains. We were blessed with the good weather there, and enjoyed every moment in outdoor.
In the Blue Mountains, there are countless waterfalls everywhere; they come in all different sizes and locations but all of them possess such beauty.
There were beautiful and colorful cockatoos and parrots in wild deep in the mountains and near the residential areas. Australian opossums are everywhere in vicinity near the mountains. They are different from the cousins in the North America. Australian opossums are, I heard, marsupials. We saw one big one and the other one was a bit smaller running and chasing on the top of the friend’s roof one evening. It was hilarious to see them!
On such occasions, we were usually outside cooking on the BBQ grill or reading or/and chatting on the porch. One lovely evening, we cooked tender lambs and red-meat kangaroo! It was our first time to eat kangaroo. Against my previous thought, I became a bit courageous and tried the meat. Guess what!? It was really good! Sylvain grilled the meat just perfectly so that it didn’t get tough. He served it with a succulent sauce with a hint of fruit and spices. The kangaroo meat was amazingly good, I tell you.
I also tried so-called “Ginger Beer” which, to me, is sweeter and stronger than normal ginger ale.
In Sydney, we went to meet some koala bears. But they are not actually bears. They are marsupials similar to Wambat. They usually sleep more than 20 hours a day!
We visited an astonishing botanical park near the Opera House which was enjoyable and lovely in the early evening.
Sydney is such a pleasant city. It’s stimulating but with a good atmosphere.
We saw a just-married couple on front of the Opera House.
During our walk in the City, I found the Louis Vuitton shop. Its display was uniquely artistic! This one depicts an Australian Crocodile decorated with the Vuitton’s bags.
One day we had a 30-minute ferry ride to Manly. It’s a beautiful seaside town with lots of visitors on the beaches.
The water was pretty cold!
This is near the Circular Quay. It’s good walking around there with lots of small sophisticated shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.
It’s like a huge ship but under there was several restaurants. The air was light and pleasant.
The view of the Opera House from the Luna Park area at night. It was simply gorgeous!
It was a heart-warming and truly enjoyable trip! Thanks to our friends down under!!! One day we shall return there, for sure.