|Chillin' in a Sydney cafe...|
May in Sydney is usually a month of delicious weather, and this year was no exception. By June, the rain had come. For tow weeks of family, friends and quite a bit of nostalgia, I enjoy what only Sydney could turn on. Here’s a gallery of snapshots:
The Sydney Writers’ Festival: a day at the Walsh Bay wharves and theatre precinct, listening to authors with ideas and hanging out int he glorious sunshine with like-minded bibliophiles: bliss.
|Waiting for our author...Sydney Theatre|
|Evening falls on the Festival, Walsh Bay Wharves|
Balmoral Beach: at it’s winter best. Palm trees, sun on the soft waves, breakfast at The Bathers’ Pavilion: bliss.
|The divine Balmoral Beach|
|The apple beignets at The Bathers Pavilion..mmmmm|
|"No Burn Walk"!|
|They're off...they're crazy...|
The Vivid Festival: Sydney’s effort to lighten the dark days of winter (except it’s not that dark). Vivid includes a round-up of arts performances, but its centrepiece is the lighting of CBD buildings every evening for a couple of weeks in a garish display of coloured lights. The Opera House ‘sails’ are a prime target. Dotted around the streets are various plastic and perspex objects that look boring in the daylight but brilliant after dark. City skyscrapers glow red or green or multi-coloured stripes. But this year’s pìece de resistance was unanimously the Customs House at Circular Quay: the light show followed the architecture of the colonial building, telling some kind of crazy comic book story, washing up and down the facade, while the diners at the chic Cafe Sydney on the rooftop were silhoutted in the light.
|Sydney Customs House becomes Vivid|
|Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney - the new wing.|
Revisiting favourite restaurants and cafes and finding new ones: in particular The Tea Cosy Cafe at the back of the Irish Shop in Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, The Rocks. I mean, what’s not to like about fresh scones, a pot of Irish Breakfast tea, and knitted tea copies everywhere?
|Cosy in The Tea Cosy|
|Fortifications for an early winter afternoon.|
Hearing the Australia Quartet, one of Sydney's newest and hottest classical music newcomers, starring my dear buddy and pianist extraordinaire, Tamara Anna Cislowska (die-hard blog readers may recall that Tamara was the musical genius behind the Great London Birthday Concert of 2011). All four musicians are quite marvellous: Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano), Veronique Serret (violin), James Wannan (viola) and Thomas Rann (cello). Read about them here.
|Australia Quartet take bow.|