adventure day

to celebrate Gracie’s engagement, I took her out on an adventure day.

here’s what we got up to:

we caught the tram & monorail into the city to visit Sydney Tower

Mel & Grace @ Sydney Tower

A bit of background: when we were 14 we took a trip from Newcastle to Sydney on the train for a day out in the ‘big city’! We did the touristy thing and went to Sydney Tower (or Centrepoint as it was then known) to  have lunch. Being crazy teens, Gracie stole the entire table setting including the cutlery and the cup & saucer! We walked in fits of suspicious giggles all the way to the lift while the bag jingled and jangled with her stolen wares! I wanted to revisit to reminisce her past klepto ways!

Gracie pretending to steal the cutlery!

Sydney Tower Centrepoint opened in 1981 and hosts two telecommunications transmission levels, a couple of restaurants, a cafe as well as the observation desk and Skywalk. At 304m high, it’s ranked as one of the safest building in the world and can withstand earthquakes and extreme wind conditions. In April each year it hosts the Sydney Tower Run-up in which athletes from all over the world race the 1504 stairs (insanity!!!). Renovations were recently undertaken which included the development of a new Westfield shopping centre at the base of the spire and the rebranding of Sydney Tower with the iconic red Westfield logo.

the northern view
coffee with a view
The Skywalk [pic source: Westfield Sydney Tower Attractions website

We then head out for a peruse of the shops (Zara, Cotton On, Veronika Maine) before a white gloved, silver serviced High Tea sitting at the QVB Tea Room.

QVB (Queen Victoria Building)

The QVB opened in 1898 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The original Romanesque architecture has been through Art Deco remodelling over the years before having a massive renovation in the early 1980’s. It originally housed a concert hall as well as government offices but it is now tenanted by fashion boutiques, specialty stores, cafes and the beautiful Tea Room.

QVB interior
ornate ceiling of the QVB Tea Room

We have the Champagne Afternoon Teaa set selection of cakes and pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and preserve, tea or coffee served with a piccolo of French Champagne.

champagne and tea
tea fit for a queen (or a couple of pampered princesses!)

We then catch the bus back to Broadway where we have a mani & pedi at Sexy Nails.

Sexy Nails Broadway
Gracie getting pampered
matching nails!

Later that evening we meet up with Jay and Ian at The Cushion Room for dinner. It’s really good Turkish food which we wash down with copious glasses of Reni Yaki (a traditional Turkish spirit that tastes like aniseed) and finish off with some grape & mint Hookah Shisha pipe. Jay even gets up to dance with the Saturday night belly dancer!

it’s amusing watching Grace fold her long legs into the compact cushion booth. she looks like a gangly spider!
Ian & Jay
Turkish dips
sharing Turkish meze plates
Gracie downing the potent yeni raki!

My phone runs out of battery so I don’t get any pics of the shisha or the cocktails we have at The Different Drummer before dragging our tipsy tooshes home to bed!

What a fabulous day with my bestie!


2 thoughts on “adventure day

  1. That is really lovely! I want to have some of that yummy high tea and I’m seriously considering pouring this mug of tea into a cup with a saucer…

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