La Diva is BAAAAA-AAACK!!!

View of Sydney and Circular Quay from Lavender Bay in North Sydney with huge Gymea Lily in the foreground.

Hellooooo darlings, I am finally home! It's been a grand holiday but I'm soooo glad to get back home to Miami again. Three weeks in Sydney was plenty of time to catch up with old friends and family but Diva found the longer she stayed, the more she ran! The last week was ridiculous with me scheduling three to four meetings with friends a day! It was loads of fun but.....I need a holiday from my holiday!

My days pretty much went like this:

Run. Meet. Kiss. Hug. Drink. Eat. Gab. Drink. Eat. Gab. Drink. Gab. Drink. Repeat in two hours.

All in all, a wonderful time, I was able to do everything I set out to:

The wedding was beautiful.

My birthday was grand.

Catching up with old friends was fantastic!

I met some fabulous hip and strong women who were old school chums of hubby's and new partners of old friends! (Gotta love an Aussie sheila!)

La Diva ate seafood and Asian food until I could take no more.....(just one more wafer thin prawn cracker?! blech!)

I had a tranquil few days out of the city with gal pals and took a fabulous bushwalk.

I drank my weight in Aussie and New Zealand wine and sparkling.

Went to many beaches but only swam once.

Made the most decadent seafood dinner for special friends.

Sang with a good friend at the pub on a Sunday arvo in front of friends I've known for 20+ years.

But mostly, I ran, drank, ate, kissed, hugged, drank, ran, ate.......

Here's what I did on my first day back in Ol' Sydneytown:

Walk down to Kirribilli and around Lavender Bay

Our walk started north from Clark St. in Neutral Bay, down to the Harbour via Kirribilli and around the foreshore up to the top of Lavender Bay. The "2" sign indicates the Sydney Harbour Bridge while the dark orange line indicates the tunnel.

I can't remember what the name of this spider is but it's not poisonous and is quite large, about three inches long. These spiders make their silky homes all over Sydney and are an annoyance to those that walk tall. (but not me, naturally!)

Kirribilli is a Sydney suburb that sits on the north side of Sydney Harbour and is easily one of the prettiest and most posh parts of town. The Kirribilli Pub displays classic Art Deco architecture as do many of the city's pubs.

Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Kirribilli. You can click on all the photos to see more detail.

The Opera House and a well-timed ferry from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

One of the things I love about Sydney is the juxtaposition of classic architecture amongst modern new buildings. Vintage Federation terrace homes sit in front of office and residential high rises in North Sydney.

Bib and Bub are cartoon gumnut babies turned into 3D sculpture from classic Aussie children's books by May Gibbs. The Lavender Bay walk boasted many tiny sculptures based on fictional storybook characters.

View of amusement park Luna Park on the left, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and downtown Sydney from Lavender Bay.

More beautiful sculptures dot the walk around the cliffs and foreshore of Lavender Bay.

Did you hear what the Bee said to the Butterfly?

This lovely park sits at the top of the walk up the cliff above Lavender Bay and boasts flat green grass and benches for a peaceful respite from city life.

The view from the park at the top of Lavender Bay. This was a very special place to see again as it brought back beautiful memories of when DJ Nevah L8 and La Diva used to rendezvous here for picnics, wine and sloppy kisses!

Lovely to be back home, dears, more to come and see you soon! Ciao!


Heather said...

So glad to have you back! FB was bor-ing without you...without La Diva and Laura! Looks like a wonderful time. Nice to see Sydney through your eyes.

LaDivaCucina said...

Thanks CUZ! It was fun and not much computer or TV time, which was good. Have loads of photos and stories to share! Can't wait to c u in the summer!

Big Shamu said...

I second the motion of having missed you although I was quite envious of your adventures Down Under. What's up with the only swimming once? Can't wait for the fish market photos.

Buzz Kill said...

Poisonous or not, that's a big ass spider. You were missed in the throwdown and DSS challenges this month. Looking forward to seeing the food and the wine that you drank your weight in.

Welcome back.

LaDivaCucina said...

Thanks guys! Sham, I only swam once as it rained a lot and you can't swim after the rain as there is too much pollution from run off from storm drains and then everytime I had my bathing suit with me it was bad weather and then when I didn't have it, it was beautiful. Ticked me right off!

Buzz, you should have seen the Huntsman spider that ran across the garage floor in front of me, thought it was a crab! Click here

Floridacracker said...

Welcome back! Looking forward to your tales!

Jill said...

Great the sculptures. I can't believe three weeks have already gone by!

Happy Belated B-Day!

Karl said...

Good afternoon LaDiva,

Welcome back, glad you had a good trip.

Dani said...

We missed our Diva! Glad you're back. :) I love all your photos, but seeing pictures of blogging pals is the best!

moi said...

I've been trying for a couple days to get into your blog - stoooooopid Blogger. At any rate, WELCOME BACK! Thanks for sharing photos of what sounds like a fabulous trip. We missed you, but I'm glad you got in an abundance of kissing/eating/drinking/hugging/and running!

Boxer said...

My brother is there today!

Welcome back La Diva. Your energy and mad skills were missed just about everywhere while you gone.

Thanks for the fabulous write up.


Making Space said...

Hooray, Diva's back! Gorgeous photos, love your description of your daily routine. LOL Hope you're resting up...

TROLL Y2K said...

Welcome back.

Bobby Boy said...

Welcome back!
Sounds like those days when you didn't have a swimsuit with you would have been perfect for some topless Diva swimming!I guess the good news is that you do live in Miami, and swimming is a regular thingy for La Diva!

LaDivaCucina said...

Thanks everyone, I'm glad to be back home.

Thanks FC, heard the weather was still chilly while I was gone? heheh...

Hi Jill! Thanks, I love the sculptures too, what a beautiful setting!

Hi Karl, I liked your pepperoni egg sammich!

Yes, Dani, it IS good to not be too mysterious sometimes, isn't it?!

Moi, I wonder why you couldn't get on? It was great fun, shame it has to end. I get to the point where I feel like if I stay any longer, I need to get my own flat and a job!

HI MS! I wish I could rest, jet lag won't let me sleep when I want to! About 5pm is the hardest!

Thanks, Troll, nothing beats coming home.

Bobby! We MUST talk soon. Haha to the topless Diva, do you want me to give people a heart attack?! Sheesh!

LaDivaCucina said...

Oopsie, I missed you Boxer. Isn't your bro a chef?

Thombeau said...

Welcome back, doll face! MISSED YOU!!!

Big birthday smooch for you!


LaDivaCucina said...

Yay!~ THOM! MISS YOU TOO! xoxox