Australia Day 9: Last Day in Sydney with an AMAZING friend & local showing us the ropes in Manly Beach

Hi Love Bugs,

It is 10:05pm in Fiji, and I am sad to say this is my last Australian post. We had such an amazing time, and the memories will truly last forever. I can’t stop reflecting on how blessed Sean and I are to have shared this experience with our dads. It brings a tear to my eye knowingΒ we were able to bring them on such a journey. This trip does not even scratch the surface as to how filled with gratitude we are to have been blessed with such amazing parents. This does not even thank them in the slightest for all they have done. We feel blessed, and lucky to have such amazing families. We miss you.

On our last day in Sydney, we met up with an old friend Mick from our internship in Chapel Hill, NC in 2011. Mick just so happens to be from Canberra, Australia, and we were so excited when plans worked out to meet him in his homeland, the beautiful Australia!!! Mick drove 3 hours to see us! We had no idea Sydney was that far away. We feel so blessed and honored that he did that for us. Thank you so much, Mick! Thank you, thank you, thank you. We honestly had the best day ever. He showed us around Manly Beach which consisted of gorgeous beaches, delicious burgers, great drinks (multiple drinks…who are we kidding), another amazing cliffside walk, and a tour of his university…which just so happened to be the very place the Great Gatsby was filmed. Wowza, did we have fun! Follow along for some pictures of our day! πŸ™‚

Just hanging out with the street performers before the ferry
Just hanging out with the street performers before the ferry…

On the ferry ride (my favorite mode of transportation) to Manly Beach.
On the ferry ride (my favorite mode of transportation) to Manly Beach.
The front of the Opera House! This was the first time I went that direction, and got to see this new view!
The front of the Opera House! This is the first time I traveled in this direction, and got to see this new view!
The beautiful cliffs on the way to Manly Beach
The beautiful cliffs on the way to Manly Beach
They were huge...just stunning!
They were huge…just stunning!

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Random cliffs everywhere=perfection! Wish we had more of this in Flat Florida.
Random cliffs everywhere=perfection! Wish we had more of this in Flat Florida.
Manly Beach
Condos on cliffs in Manly Beach. The surf was great!Β 
A little dark, but Sean and Mick in front of Manly Beach.
A little dark, but Sean and Mick in front of Manly Beach.
The university where the Great Gatsby was filmed!
The university where the Great Gatsby was filmed!
This was used as his mansion, and Mick just so happened to graduate from here...very very cool!
This was used as his mansion, and Mick just so happened to graduate from here…very very cool!
The weather was not in our favor, but on a clearer day you could better see the outline of the city between the Manly Beach cliffs.
The weather was not in our favor, but on a clearer day you can better see the outline of the city between the Manly Beach cliffs.
Unfortunately, the beauty of the cliffs on this gloomy day does not transpire through the photos.
Unfortunately, the beauty of the cliffs on this gloomy day does not transpire through the photos.
He is my sunshine on a gloomy day! :D
He is my sunshine on a gloomy day! πŸ˜€
Breathtaking views and cliffs on our walk in Manly. This was my favorite!
Breathtaking views of this cliff on our walk in Manly. This was my favorite!
The colors of the sandstone get me every time! Just beautiful.
The colors of the sandstone get me every time! Just beautiful.
Mick, Sean, and I !
Mick, Sean, and I !

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On top of the cliff!
On top of the cliff!
He is just the best! Great shot, Mick! πŸ™‚

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Yep...we went right past this sign! Sorry dad, I know you told me to stay off the cliffs. Atleast, we are alive!! Plus, there are no cliffs in Fiji, nothing else to worry about. LOVE YOU! :)
Yep…we went right past this sign! Sorry dad, I know you told me to stay off the cliffs. Atleast, we are alive!! Plus, there are no cliffs in Fiji, nothing else to worry about. LOVE YOU! πŸ™‚

Australia treated us very well. We can’t wait to come back. If Sydney was closer, we would live there. That is a promise. Once again Mick, thank you for showing us around. We had such a great time, and we are so glad we got to see you! Hopefully you will be visiting us in the states before you know it. That was the last of our Australian adventures…stay tuned for Fiji. It is fabulous.

Until next time, Love Bugs!

Christina

2 thoughts on “Australia Day 9: Last Day in Sydney with an AMAZING friend & local showing us the ropes in Manly Beach

  • The memories you made will last you a lifetime. You gave daddy a precious gift…..time with his daughter to share an incredible journey, a journey that in his heart meant the world to him. Christina we have cherished every moment with you since you were born and the joy you have brought has no words to describe. I look forward to the future journeys that you will share with us…..You and Melanie are our priceless gift from God and we love you both to the moon and back and infinity and beyond……you amaze us!!!!!! Forever your biggest fan……mom

  • The cuteness of your love for life, your family, and your handsome Seansy is so refreshing and sweet Chritter, I am so proud of the sweet, loving young woman you have become, never change your ways, you are absolutely perfect! Love you baby ❀ ❀

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