Very early on in our marriage, Lane and I set a goal to travel around the world. This morphed into “go on an awesome vacation when Lane finishes his MBA”. Little did we know, those plans would become travel to Sydney, Australia just before Lane starts a new job related to his MBA. We are so thankful for an opportunity to travel and for the perfect timing with Lane’s job transition. So with that, let’s get on to the pictures!
We started with a day in LA to break up some of the flying. Lane planned a really nice hike into the Hollywood hills
Sidenote: Other than this park, Hollywood is nothing like it looks on tv. It’s very run down and over-crowded.
While in LA, we spent a day with Lane’s cousin and her sweet family. They showed us around Santa Monica Pier, which we loved.
And there were so many fun playgrounds for the kiddos (and me!)
Once we arrived in Sydney, we wasted no time getting to the best zoo ever. We were able to pet wallabies, kangaroos, emus, peacocks, goats, and sheep! We had to pull ourselves away…
Wildlife photographer is inching its way up my list of dream jobs
From Featherdale Wildlife Park, we headed into the Blue Mountains. There some really spectacular views
Our hotel was just a few blocks from the Sydney Opera House. We enjoyed running through the Botanic Gardens to the Opera House that morning. Lane is convinced we’ll never have a better running route.
We did make our way inside the opera house for a tour. I love how the concrete is visible from the inside, which makes for views like this
We honeymooned on the Celebrity Solstice in 2011, and were so surprised to see it docked in Sydney! It was so fun to reminisce about our cruise (and plan our next one…)
We squeezed in a beach day at Bondi Beach. After the Chicago winter we’ve had, it was so fun to spend a day at the beach
Being the hopeless romantics that we are, we spent Valentine’s day at the Sydney fish market. Nothing says “I love you” like a room full of dead fish:) Joking aside, we loved the fish market. We were able to tour the auction floor and see the fish being purchased by the restaurateurs.
And for fun, one more shot of the harbor
More pictures are posted on my flickr page.