It is in no way a undesirable issue when your hometown surprises you, is it? Sydney’s accomplished just that this week with a run of warm climate. This taking place on our side of the clocks going back generally cheers persons up. The impending doom and gloom of winter can place a downer on issues.

But warms days coupled with a scrumptious meal at a regional Italian location, a trip to a single of Sydney’s amazing harbour beaches and some fascinating news from National Geographic sets this week up for exciting.

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Cheers – Jim & Christina xx

ReccoLab, Rozelle - northwestern Italian restaurant

Tonight, we’re out for dinner at an Italian restaurant in Rozelle in Sydney. ReccoLab Cucina Italiana – named immediately after owner Antonio Zambarelli’s dwelling town Recco close to Genoa on the Italian Riviera – specialises in Ligurian dishes.

I’ve been right here ahead of when ReccoLab launched their aperitivo hour. I enjoy this Italian snack tradition, and ReccoLab’s version of it undoubtedly did a very good job. So we’re excited to see what the rest of the menu is like right here.

In certain, we’re keen to see how the kitchen delivers the Ligurian speciality focaccia col formaggio – a type of pizza in its personal way, but created with quite thin focaccia bread. But the cheese they use right here is stracchino, an amazing kind of Italian cheese.

ReccoLab, Rozelle - northwestern Italian restaurant

ReccoLab cleverly jumped all the way onto the Aperol spritz band waggon – a cocktail trend that came from Italy and has swept by means of Australia like a scrumptious, refreshing orange wildfire. I enjoy this Aperol cart they have, and the spritz they make right here – utilizing correct Italian prosecco of course – are exceptional.

ReccoLab, Rozelle - northwestern Italian restaurant

Immediately after our Aperol spritz, Christina and I appear by means of the ReccoLab wine list, which is laden with Italian vino. I’m excited to see they have a Pugliese wine right here – negroamaro. It is a wealthy, dark red wine – excellent for what I’ve ordered for dinner.

But for all the particulars of our time at ReccoLab, you will have to wait till later this week. We’ll be displaying you in additional depth what Ligurian delicacies we enjoyed right here.

Watsons Bay beach and ferry wharf

With some of the horrible climate we’ve been getting lately, I seriously believed that we’d noticed the final of the summer season. On the other hand, nowadays the sun’s resurfaced, so we’ve taken the ferry ride to Watsons Bay.

This lovely portion of Sydney on the south-eastern limits of the harbour is a have to if you are going to Sydney for the very first time. But  even if you reside right here, it is a single of the greatest areas to come to when the sun’s smiling down.

Watsons Bay, Australia

Additional into the primary park (Robertson Park) at Watsons Bay, the views back across the water to the city in the distance are spectacular. It feels like you are a lengthy way from the hubbub and rush of town right here. But seriously the ferry only requires beneath 25 minutes to get you right here.

Watsons Bay and The Gap

On the ocean side of Watsons Bay is The Gap – a dramatic cliff view down into the crashing ocean waves under. From right here you can see out across the entrance to Port Jackson and Sydney Harbour to Manly. If you are in the mood, this entire region tends to make for a lovely coastal hike.

Doyle's chips at Watsons Bay - Green Point Reserve Camp Cove

We are not in the mood for that type of issue.

As an alternative, we grab some chips from the Doyle’s kiosk and head away from the crowded wharf towards Camp Cove. The chips at Doyle’s this time are a lot much better than I keep in mind – it could be that we’re right here ahead of the craziness of the lunchtime rush (about 11.45), and the queue to order and choose up our meals didn’t take also lengthy either. But the chips are fairly close to what I’d anticipate back in the Uk.

Perched higher above the water on Green Point Reserve, we munch on our lunch and love the view out more than the harbour.

Camp Cove beach Watsons Bay

Christina at Camp Cove beach Watsons Bay

Down at the beach of Camp Cove, the water appears so inviting – also inviting for Christina. She’s wisely brought her swimmers along and enjoys a swift dip.

She’s brave about it also – on the way up to our picnic spot she slipped on a wet rock and down she went. Fortunately my telephone, which she was holding at the time, broke her fall! Somehow it stayed in a single piece – almost certainly for the reason that we’ve currently paid for AppleCare – but her shin has taken a nasty knock.

At least the cool waters of an Autumnal dip will aid a bit.*

*A handful of days on and Christina’s leg is pretty much entirely much better. She applied a lot of arnica cream and the bruise in no way seriously created the way we believed it would.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Watsons Bay

We head up the path and back to the ferry. At the prime, we’re taking a couple of images and a lady asks if we would like a single collectively. She’s waiting for her buddy, who’s driving to park at the prime right here, but it is pretty much 1pm and there are no spaces anyplace.

It is a very good tip if you are pondering of driving to Watsons Bay. Either get right here ahead of 11am or take the bus or ferry.

Australian Museum, Sydney

These days, we’re at the Australian Museum for lunch with our ASTW mates. We’re meeting with representatives of National Geographic and Scenic, who have come collectively to provide a new type of travel knowledge.

We’re excited to be right here at the Australian Museum because its refurbishments. This was a single of the selections for our wedding venue at a single point, which would have been fairly cool.

Champagne view Australian Museum

The views out more than the city from the balcony of the museum’s occasion space are fantastic – and you can love this view from the cafe right here also.

We’re fortunate once more with the climate although. Due to the fact our trip to the beach, it is been touch and go with the rain.

National Geographic and Scenic Expeditions

More than lunch, National Geographic Expeditions and Scenic inform us about the variety of European river journeys they’ve have place collectively. They sound so compelling – the luxury, know-how and experience of Scenic as a travel provider with NatGeo’s 130-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration are the excellent mix.

We’ve been on a National Geographic voyage ahead of, so we know how very good these river journeys are going to be. For additional information on our trip about the Kimberley Area, click right here.

European river expeditions with National Geographic and Scenic start off in 2020. Click right here to obtain out additional about this exclusive partnership among these two ground-breaking travel brands.

Sydney Swans vs MFC at SCG

This evening, I’ve left Christina at dwelling as I head to watch the footie. I’m with my mates Anton, Paul, Bull and Dean to see how Sydney Swans go against Melbourne at the SCG. We’re right here early sufficient to snag very good seats in the members’ region. Let’s hope the Swans get up.

Sydney Swans vs MFC at SCG

I generally obtain sporting events in Australia so substantially much better natured than in the UK. Opposition fans sit in the identical stands – occasionally even subsequent to each and every other. There’s an amicable, exciting vibe in the air.

Down on the pitch, the Swans and Demons are not having on rather so nicely. But there’s a very good quantity of shithousery going on, which I generally love.

Sadly, our help is not sufficient tonight and the Swans capitulate immediately after a powerful start off in the very first two quarters.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Australian Museum National Geographic and Scenic

It is been a exciting week and we hope you have enjoyed reading about it.

Cheers – Jim & Christina x