San Fran Bucket List

I'm going to San Francisco!!!

I am soon jetting off to Los Angeles, with a quick stop-off in San Francisco. Now, this is a dream come true, I have wanted to go to San Francisco for so long. I can't wait. So as you can probably imagine, I have a wish list of things that I would love to do whilst there. Here's my Top 10. Let's see how many I can cross off my bucket list! 

  1. Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Alcatraz
  3. Lombard Street
  4. Cable Car Experience
  5. Golden Gate Park (Especially the Japanese Tea Garden)
  6. Sea Lions at Pier 39
  7. Coit Tower
  8. SF MoMA
  9. Balmy Alley
  10. Chinatown

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A Few of My Favourite Things...

Sydney is by far my favourite city in the world. There's no better feeling then arriving in the place where there is so much to see, do and explore.

My Top Ten Favourite Things to do:

1. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge - The best experience ever! Heights aren't my favourite things but climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge was something I had wanted to do for a very long time. The morning of the climb, my nerves kicked in but as soon as I arrived and put on the jumpsuit, I couldn't wait! And boy was it worth it. The most amazing views from the top. 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

2. Spend a day in the Botanic Gardens - The perfect way to spend a summers day. A book, picnic and views of the beautiful Sydney Opera House!

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

3. Head to The Rocks Markets - A charming little spot, away from the crazy busy city scene, with cute stalls selling a variety of products. From hand-made jewellery, gifts, original clothing to amazing food and drink, there's something for everyone. What's more, there's plenty of talented musicians busking all day long! - Like the amazing Mark Wilkinson (check him out, you won't be disappointed!). 

4. A day of culture at The Art Gallery of NSW - Check out the fantastic art and exhibitions and get lost in the galleries all day long. 

5. Spend NYE on the Harbour - There's no better way to spend New Years Eve in Sydney than being in the middle of the craziness in the Harbour. Watch the Harbour lights parade (or if you're lucky, be in the parade), see the 9pm fireworks and watch in amazement as Sydney rings in the new year in style! One not to be missed. 

NYE, Sydney Harbour

NYE, Sydney Harbour

6. Relax at Darling Harbour - Perfect restaurants, bars and coffee shops, to fill your day with complete relaxation by the water and visit the Chinese Garden of friendship to experience the peaceful atmosphere like no other. 

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour

7. Shop till you drop at the QVB and Pitt Street Mall - So many shops to explore in the busy part of the city. Take in some culture at the QVB and admire the beautiful building. 

8. VIVID - See the city in a different light! 

VIVID

VIVID

9. A ride on the Manly Ferry - This is a must! Experience the beautiful city of Sydney in a whole new way and the THE BEST photographs of the Opera House and Bridge together!

Manly Ferry, Sydney Opera House

Manly Ferry, Sydney Opera House

10. Animal fun at Taronga Zoo!

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

All Aussie Adventures

Five weeks. No work. Sunshine. Australia. Yes please! 

So early last year I knew the only place I wanted to spend my 30th birthday was Sydney. It's my happy place, I lived there for a year and I can honestly say it was the best year of my life (more about that later)! So my birthday is early December, so it made perfect sense to stay for Christmas and New Years. The best way to end the year! 

My Aussie Adventure started at the Marriott Manchester Airport on a cold Wednesday evening. The hotel was lovely, close enough to the airport and  perfect for a quick overnight stay. What made it even more lovely was the fantastic San Carlo restaurant adjoined to the hotel. The pizza was amazing, one of the best ever! Followed by an early night ready for the morning wake up call. 

Waking up before my alarm (something that always happens when travelling), I quickly got ready, grabbed my luggage and headed to the airport. Flying with Singapore Airlines Business Class meant check in was quick, easy and left time to chill in the lounge. 

The journey from Manchester to Sydney via Singapore was so long! For someone who doesn't really like flying, it wasn't something I was really looking forward to. However the staff on board the plane were fantastic and being able to lie down on the comfy flat bed was amazing. It made the whole journey a lot easier and definitely more bearable. Flying with Singapore Airlines is something I will be doing again! 

Landing in Sydney was the best. The happiness and excitement I felt was just a small taste of what was to come. I was home. 

Gorgeous Sydney Harbour - Feels like home. 

Gorgeous Sydney Harbour - Feels like home. 

Five weeks in my favourite place in the world. Let the adventures begin...

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Welcome to Wonderland

Welcome to Wonderland!

Where you will find stories of travel adventures and life with my Cavoodle Teddy. 

My name is Katie and have been wanting to launch this blog for a long time now, but didn't know where to start. Having just turned 30 I thought it was about time I did all the little things I never go round to doing in my twenties, starting with this blog. So here goes...