Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 10, 2012

A day in Sydney

My day started well in Sydney. The sky was blue when I headed out from my hotel in Potts Point. I walked to the end of the point for a view of the city across the top of the Woolloomooloo wharf.

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The sun was still shining when I walked in the park along the point and saw the gorgeous banksia and agapanthus growing, and the birds were singing.

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In a flash, clouds rolled in and the day changed.

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I had hoped to show you the beautiful harbour, or the walk from Bronte Beach to Tamarama, but the weather conspired against me.

We went to Bronte anyway, but it wasn’t looking its best.

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A strong wind sprang up and any thoughts of a day by the water were dashed, so I decided to walk around the inner city suburbs of Paddington and Woollahra to show you the beautiful old terrace houses.

The terrace houses in Sydney were built in the Victorian and Edwardian era to cater for the population boom caused by the gold rushes in the 1850s.

Come for a walk around this gorgeous area and see the lovely houses. It is a bit like walking is some of the villages in Italy…just a bit.

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I find green doors everywhere.

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The wind was so strong the water from this fountain was horizontal at times.

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Iron lace is one of the features on these houses. I think the balconies look beautiful.

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Old and new sit side by side.

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I think the next one looked like a doll’s house. It needs a bit of love.

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There are some beautiful tiny gardens.

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Some of the terrace houses have been converted to shops. These are in William St.

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This shop had the most gorgeous displays inside.

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Later in the day I walked through the Domain for a view of the harbour.

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Thank you Sydney for a great day.

The previous day I attended a workshop with delightful Carla Coulson who has written several wonderful books, including my favourite, Italian Joy, which is sitting with friends in my bookshelf in Italy. Take a look at Carla’s blog, and our fun day.


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  1. Thanks for the tour, I know many of those houses you have photographed. Lovely Sydney.

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    • Sydney is a gorgeous city, I need to go there more often.

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  2. The last few pics around dusk, look amazing! Thx for sharing!

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    • Sydney harbour is magnificent. Next time I hope to get out there on a boat.

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  3. i lived in wollahra for a while but my mother grew up there and my grandparents had a shop in ocean st. love sydney but only for visits now. chris

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    • forgot to put my name in havent had my coffee yet

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      • I hope you get that coffee soon.

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  4. Thanks so much for the tour. That wrought iron work is so pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I love wandering in the back streets of any city, and Sydney is so pretty.

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  5. Everything looks so clean and tastefully done. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. After looking at your pictures, my dream is renewed!

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  6. I would love to have shown you the lovely harbour and coast…next time.

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  7. I knew nothing about Sydney except the opera house. So thanks for the sweet tour around various neighborhoods! I’d like that little doll house with the chipped paint, please.

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    • That one appealed to me as well. It just needs a lick of paint.

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  8. I have always loved those terrace houses! Sydney is such a wonderful city. Thank you for sharing your trip, Debra.

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    • The Paddington area is lovely. How lucky we are that the houses weren’t torn down.

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  9. I’ve only been there once but I really loved Sydney. Such a beautiful city! Great pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Sydney.

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  10. wonderful walk through of some marvellous areas of Sydney! I love all those old terrace houses

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  11. Sydney terrace houses trimmed with their gorgeous Sydney lace balconies are divine…
    Thanks for making me remember why I love that graceful lady even in the wind and cold.

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  12. Oh you were here! It has been such odd weather lately, very cool and that wind has been quite wild. Glad you had a good few days Debra.

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    • I had a great time in Sydney, despite the weather.

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  13. I lived in Sydney for 18 months and absolutely loved it. I miss it so much….but thankfully I now have Bagni di Lucca.

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    • I love Sydney too, I should visit more often.

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  14. This is a wonderful tour of the city – thanks!

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    • I love to wander back streets wherever I am.

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  15. The beach looks awesome, even in the bad weather. Funny to see the snow falling on your southern hemisphere. LOL Best of both worlds, isn’t it?
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    • Bronte is a beautiful beach, and it would have been much better with some sun and without the wind.

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  16. Wow! Sydney is high on my wish list of places I would love to visit. One day, one day. I love the mix of architectural styles in the images and the lace iron is absolutely gorgeous.

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    • Sydney is a beautiful city. Next time with a bit of luck I willshow you the harbour and Coogee Beach, my favourite.

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  17. THOSE side by side houses!!!! WOW! Sorry for comparison, but Netherlands comes to mind. I think this one in Sydney is much more interesting now because it’s lesser known. Hehe ๐Ÿ˜€ Again, SO COOL to look at the houses. A BIG Thanks for sharing it to us.
    Ow, how I wish I can fit in your luggage without getting caught at the airport!?

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    • The terrace houses are a bit like the ones in Amsterdam, but not as high, or as crooked.

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  18. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and love the photos. I am a Sydney girl and this brought back great memories. Thank you

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    • A day or 2 is not enough to see the city, but it is better than nothing.

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