Fun, discovery and inspiration – Sydney Day 1

We were back on our way to Sydney, leaving the Gold Coast around 10am and flying virgin airlines arriving on time in Sydney at about 12:30.
We caught a cab and went directly to our hotel – Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour. We arrived and checked in but our rooms weren’t ready as we were quite early, but we were offered free refreshments: we had cups of coffee, cranberry juice and a packet of nuts. Actually what we found out later was that this hotel offers free refreshments/snacks in the room and also in the lobby. So you can give yourself a small treat whenever you want. How great is that!

Arty Ovolo lobby
Arty Ovolo lobby
Friendly receptionists
Friendly receptionists
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Free snakes
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Self-made coffee
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Free snake bar
Lots of free snakes
Lots of free snakes
Our free refreshments!
Our free refreshments!

We decided to head out for a bit of walk, so we wandered around the Darling Harbour – an area which is very popular with tourists and quite beautiful. We then headed up to the city near the Queen Victoria building and wandered around the Pitt Street mall, Myer, Westfield shopping areas just taking it easy.

We stopped off for a really lovely coffee at Gumption Coffee in the Strand Arcade. We had read this was a great place to have a cup of coffee and certainly by the queues it seemed as if it really was a good place. We ordered a soy cappuccino and it lived up to expectations.

Gumption on George Street
Gumption on George Street
Busy busy busy!
Busy busy busy!
We still can smile when seeing the long queue!
We still can smile when seeing the long queue!
Gumption's specialty - Coffee!
Gumption’s specialty – Coffee!
Beautiful arcade in Xmas decor
Beautiful arcade in Xmas decor
Coffee on the way!
Coffee on the way!

After this we made our way up to Chat Thai to meet up with our Instagram bestie and have a lovely meal. We ordered a whole fish in red curry, some fish balls in a green curry and some crab-meat fried rice. The dishes were tasty, quite creamy and a good size. This was plenty for the three of us. We considered having some of the deserts but in the end decided we would head out for a walk and get some gelato. We paid the bill $72 for the three of us including a couple of soft drinks.

Chat Thai at Campell Street
Chat Thai at Campbell Street
Green curry fish balls
Green curry fish balls
Whole fish in red curry
Whole fish in red curry
Crab meat fried rice
Crab meat fried rice
Everyone seems hungry and cant wait until the photographer finished her job!
Everyone seemed hungry and can’t wait until the photographer finished her job!

Next, we headed out to Surrey Hills to RivaReno Gelato where the gelato is made on the premises. The gelato was really creamy and very flavoursome.Wwe ordered a premium Indian mango with yogurt gelato and a sheep milk Ricotta and caramelised fig gelato.

RivaReno Gelato, Surry Hills
RivaReno Gelato, Surry Hills
Gelato fatory!
Gelato fatory!
Our yummy gelatos
Our yummy gelatos

Next we walked back to our hotel and all and all for the day we did
about 20,000 steps. Tired but happy 😃😀

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