Sydney Opera House & Circular Quay

About a month ago, my good friend, Christine, was able to visit me in Australia. I took the train to meet her in Sydney, where we were going to spend a few days exploring the area. I had a huge list for us to tackle, and while we didn't do everything, we were able to check off quite a bit!

We started the adventures by walking the streets of Sydney—from Hyde Park all the way to Circular Quay. Along our way, we were able to stop at St Mary's Cathedral, where we took some time to watch a bridal party exit, as well as sit inside and have a deep conversation among the stained glass and stone pillars. After a while, we made our way out of the cathedral, and through the Royal Botanical Gardens, where I grabbed some fresh, mint lemonade.

Neither of us were quite sure when we'd reach the harbor, where the Sydney Opera House is located. But before long, we turned a corner, and were greeted with its big sails. Christine and I were giddy as we took turns taking each other's pictures. It was a sight we had both dreamed about for years. As we got closer to the Opera House, we were surprised to find that it's made up of small tiles that aren't perfectly white, as either of us had imagined. But from a distance, the building really does shine in the daylight.

As the sun began to set, we made our way down to the shops for dinner, and ended up with pizza from Eastbay Cafe. Its sat right along the Quay, with a perfect view of the Harbor Bridge and Luna Park, across the water. We took our time, eating more than was necessary, and enjoying our conversations, the warm weather, and the stunning sights.

Once the sun had disappeared behind the horizon, the cityscape lit up in spectacular fashion. We prolonged our evening by grabbing some gelato from Gelatissimo, even though by now, it was too cold for a frozen dessert, and checking out a couple street performers, before turning in for the night at our Airbnb.

(While I don't recommend the Airbnb we stayed in, you can always receive a $20 Airbnb Credit towards your next trip, here -