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sunday snaps: sculptures by the sea

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After almost 10 years together, we thought we might have run out of ‘firsts’ together – hang on, this is beginning to sound like the “How I Met Your Mother” episode where Lily and Marshall have a similar conversation while stuck in the bathroom together. Who’s seen that episode? Actually, let’s not get off track…

Back to “our first” yesterday… it was the first time we both went to the Sculptures by the Sea but also the first time ever in our 31 years of life in Australia had we even walked the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama. We can’t believe that we have never done that walk – its so easy and so beautiful! We are now keen to walk more of that coastal walk especially if we want to do the Camino de Santiago (it could become part of our training).

So Sculptures by the Sea is running from Oct 25 to Nov 10, and has been going since 1997. It is free to see the exhibits & there are donation buckets around to help keep the events free. The sculptures are available for purchase & we assume it could set you back a few dollars, we don’t know as we didn’t check.

The walk takes about an hour depending on how much time you spend photographing and learning about the artwork. We walked through and stopped along the way to take some pictures and that took us an hour and half return. We got up quite early to go to hopefully avoid the crowds. Arriving at 8am, it was already pretty crowded!

If you manage to dodge the morning joggers, dog walkers and other sculpture enthusiasts, it is a really lovely walk especially when the sun is out. Then afterwards, you can enjoy breakfast or coffee at the many eateries along Campbell Pde.

Hope you enjoy our photo essay!

Disclaimer: Our descriptions of the sculptures are OUR opinions and do not reflect what the sculptures are really called!

Morning view of Bondi Beach
Morning view of Bondi Beach
Sun peaking through the clouds over the ocean and Icebergs pool
Sun peaking through the clouds over the ocean and Icebergs pool
And now for the scultpures
And now for the scultpures
Artwork on the edge of the water on the rocks
Artwork on the edge of the water on the rocks
Stairway to heaven?
Stairway to heaven?
There is a pea at the bottom of that mattress pile
Is there a pea at the bottom of that mattress pile?
Jelly baby gymnastics
Jelly baby gymnastics
A huge pencil sharpener
A huge pencil sharpener
Loe the white contrasting with the backdrop
Love the white contrasting with the backdrop
Recycled world
Recycled world
Looking in the crystal ball - if you look closely, do you see a someone on a paddle board?
Crystal ball – if you look closely, do you see a surfer?

Just realised this is also our first every post about our home state, New South Wales. Wow, lots of firsts for us with this one 🙂

our top 10 for turkey captured in photos

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So we’ve been back from our trip for 6 days now and we have been back at work for the past week. Our body clocks are probably just about adjusted now despite having daylight savings to contend with too.

Now that we’ve kind of regained consciousness from the holiday coma, we are beginning to relive our Turkish adventure with our family and friends. Looking at photos also helps us with reminiscing about our trip. People always want to know what we thought of a place and would we go back again. They ask whether we had a good time or what was our favourite. In the past, wherever we’ve been we’ve generally got positive things to say and this time is really no different.

We’ve been rattling off the following phrases quite easily: “Turkey was brilliant”, “Loved Turkey! We had an amazing time.” “We saw so many things and learnt so much in Turkey that we hadn’t expected. And that’s probably because we didn’t really know what to expect”.

About Dubai on the other hand, well “Dubai isn’t our cuppa tea.” But more about that in another post as this is a Turkey post 🙂

Now to kick start our holiday debrief for Turkey we have a photo essay of our favourite & top 10 pictures/moments/experiences. These are in no particular order. Hope you enjoy the photos to start with and sit tight as there will be more stories and experiences in our subsequent posts.

1) Turkish Delights

Turkish Delights - the taste and texture is simply divine
The taste and texture – simply divine

2) Gallipoli

Visiting ANZAC Cover and reading this sign was very moving
Visiting ANZAC Cove and reading this sign was very moving

3) Pergamum

The amphitheatre at Pergamum was a real treat
Trying not to take a tumble down the stairs of the amphitheatre

4) Ephesus

The Ephesus library
The Ephesus library

5) Virgin Mary’s House

Visiting the Virgin Mary's House was a very peaceful and spiritual experience
What an extremely peaceful and spiritual experience

6) A sunset in Kusadasi

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So spectacular watching the horizon gulp up the sun

7) Amphitheatre in Aphrodisias

Amphitheatre at Aphrodisias - insanely long
Long and well preserved

8) Pamukkale

Being able to wade through the water in Pamukkale was definitely an adventure
Being able to wade through the water of a UNESCO Heritage site 🙂

9) Hagia Sophia

Inside Hagia Sophia - shame for the reconstruction scaffolding around the insider but still a magnificent ancient sturdy structure
Inside Hagia Sophia – shame for the reconstruction scaffolding around the inside but still a magnificent ancient sturdy structure

10) Kayakoy

Careful not to get lost in Kayakoy, the ancient deserted Greek town
Careful not to get lost in the ancient deserted Greek town