Spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon walking through this very historic and eclectic area of the city. Although I have been to Circular Quay many times, my adventures never seemed to take me to the other end, under the bridge, to the cobble stone pathways.
We decided to take an Uber, from our apartment, as we never know where we may end up or where exactly we should park. Our driver was the sweetest man, he and his wife are originally from England, and they have lived here, on and off, for many years. He talked with us the entire ride, sharing stories of his son, who is a chef in Melbourne. He and his wife own a home in Spain, this they rent out on Air BNB...
We arrived at the Opera house and started the fairly short walk around the water, to an area that seemed tucked away under the bridge. I couldn't believe that I had not made it over the this side... I've obviously seen the area while being out on the water, but never fully understanding what this beautiful hidden gem held in store for us. Now when I say "hidden," It really only pertains to me... I guess its one of the highest visited areas of the city by tourist! Well, it is a treasure and I was fortunate enough to have my son join along.
The streets were packed with independent vendors, similar to Paddington Market, only much bigger. There were a ton of art galleries, small independent artist displaying their photography, digital artwork or handmade jewelry. The market area was jammed with people - not what I expected for a Sunday afternoon in November. The markets are all decorated for the holidays, Sydney does not disappoint when it comes to beautiful holiday art installations, lights flickering over every awning and even authentic gas street lamps.
In contrast to the simplicity and authenticity this quaint little area offers, there was still room for an petite sized high-end shopping center. Louis Vuitton, Channel, Burberry, Cartier and more... it seemed out of place, yet still inherently right. This area is a tourist attraction and there seems to be a lot of money to spent here!