Sydney Part 1

Back home again after a few very enjoyable days exploring the delights of Sydney. Walking for me is always the best possible way to explore and this is just what we did, covering many kilometers over those few days, exploring new areas and revisiting old favourites.

The area around Sydney harbour is one of those favourite places , it never fails to delight my senses.
This was taken at Balmain , one of our new discoveries, an interesting area full of history and character. Balmain is one of Sydney’s oldest working class suburbs , and was once home to dock workers and factory workers who lived in the many small cottages and terrace houses. This has now changed and the areas historic properties have now been renovated and fetch sky high prices.

 No visit to Sydney is ever complete without views of the iconic Sydney Opera House . I have toured the Opera House some time ago and hope to do so again and hopefully one day will enjoy a performance in one of its many halls.

 Another joy is visiting the many arcades containing many and varied shops and services. This one is the Strand Arcade and was established in 1891 and is the last surviving Victorian arcade in Sydney.

 These old sandstone warehouse buildings now house many fine restaurants. Behind these buildings is the area known as The Rocks , the oldest area of Sydney containing many preserved buildings of great historical importance.

 This is a favourite spot of mine , I love the intertwining of old and new architecture.I must admit this city really calls my name and as much as the idea of living here holds so much appeal , the reality is a much different matter so I will stay put and enjoy my annual visits.

 My travel wardrobe always consists of clothing I love and wear and know works for me, so I travelled with my Moyuru skort and pants , a leather jacket , my little tartan top , light tops in black and this waterproof jacket from Paula Ryan and a collection of beads and of course my walking shoes.

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.
P.S. Apologies for strange text layout, my tech skills am not sure why this happens and are not sure how to fix it. Any suggestions, most welcome. Jill xx



  1. Tiina L
    May 26, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Sydney loks like a very interesting place, I hope to visit one day. And you look as stylish as ever, the tartan jacket is so cute. About the layout, just go to edit mode, click on the photo and position it 'centre'. It seems to be placed 'left'. Then click 'update'.

  2. Jill James
    May 26, 2015 / 9:33 am

    I do hope you make it to Sydney one day , I'm sure you would enjoy it and if do I would love to meet you. Thanks for your kind comments and your helpful suggestions re my problem.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    May 26, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    It seems you fixed the little formatting problem, Jill – it all looks great from over here! The photos are just wonderful. You do look at home in this city – stylish, contemporary, with great appreciation of the past. Isn't it interesting how we people rediscover the past, and things that used to be trivial become important and cherished? The Sydney Opera House is such an amazing building – I remember how fantastic it seemed to me when I first saw it… and it still does, brilliant architecture! The Strand Arcade is beautiful and charming, I can see you enjoying shopping there (and would love to join you there!). Thank you for sharing your trip, Jill – it really is wonderful to see Sydney through your eyes. You look very stylish, true to your style and comfy – perfect for travel. Love the colorful necklace with this futuristic looking jacket, so unexpected! xxx

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2015 / 2:07 am

      A little help from Tiina helped sort my format problem.Sydney does have so many things that I love, I was pleased to share Sydney through my eyes. The Sydney Opera House is amazing and I never tire of the views.Glad you enjoyed it dear Natalia.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    May 26, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    I'm constantly amazed at the amount of quality old architecture you show us from Australia, not sure why I thought there wouldn't be any, or do you always gravitate towards it? Love the cute tartan jacket and your Jackie O style shades!

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2015 / 2:10 am

      I must admit I do tend to gravitate to the history of the places I visit. I know they are nowhere near as old as in England . I must admit this liitle tartan jacket has become a favourite.

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    May 27, 2015 / 12:36 am

    I would love to visit Sydney one day, just a long plane ride! The architecture, the opera house and the arcade, I love the pictures and the history behind places. My husband and I seek out historical finds as well. You look great in the red tartan, and I also love the silver jacket on you as well. Sounds like a great time!Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2015 / 2:14 am

      Distance is always a problem and I am with you on the long plane ride, not my idea of fun. History is fascinating, glad you and your husband also share this joy of discovering the past. Thank you for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday.

  6. Anonymous
    May 27, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    I've been having some struggles with my text and photo sizes on my blog and it's hard to guess what our readers are seeing as opposed to how it looks on our own computers. But your blog looks great. When I did that one post Around the World in 20 Blogs I ended up doing something to my blog and it malfunctions occasionally and often won't let me post comments on blogs.The photos here are gorgeous. I would love to go to Australia one day. The old buildings are very intriguing and I want to see those floor tiles up close. I adore patterns like that!Looks like you brought the right clothing along on your trip. Your jacket is functional but very glamorous!

    • Jill James
      May 28, 2015 / 6:34 am

      I do hope you make it to Australia, I am sure you would enjoy it, Joni. Sydney has many well preserved buildings dating from First Settlement.The jacket came in handy as it rained several times.The very kind Tiina helped me with my technical problem, I do wish I had more skills sometimes.

    May 27, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    I hope one day you can show me around in your glorious tarta.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      May 28, 2015 / 6:35 am

      It would be a pleasure to show you around my dear.

  8. Olga Rani
    May 28, 2015 / 7:43 am

    I always enjoy such type of photo-walks with you, Jill! And you look gorgeous! I like when a woman looks stylish during her travelling, too. Love that jacket on the last photo, what a beauty!

    • Jill James
      May 30, 2015 / 5:18 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed seeing Sydney with me Olga. I must admit I am with you on still looking good while travelling, I have never understood the I am away from home and no-one will know me attitude. Thank you Olga.

  9. dan
    May 29, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Your photos left me breathless! Sidney sounds like a dreamy city to me and I wish I can visit it one day… in the meantime, your wonderful post allow me to have a nice tour with you!!!I love the mix of new and old building too…Your outfit is perfect! I can guess that the necklace is one of your fantastic ones! ( not well visible in photo ) and the colour of your jacket beautifullly matches to black

    • Jill James
      May 30, 2015 / 5:27 am

      Sydney is a beautiful city Dan, I am sure you would enjoy all it has to offer.I am glad you spotted the necklace , I now realise it didn't get a mention. I always tend to take several with me to dress up my basic black.

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