A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting my best childhood friend, Chelsea who came to visit me for one week! Chelsea and I have been best friends since year five, and although we have now lived in different cities for more than half the length of our friendship, we’re still close and enjoy any time we are able to spend together.
It was a short and sweet visit, but we packed it with fun things to do including visiting some of her friends here who I had the pleasure of meeting, trying to find all sorts of wonderful doughnut shops (turns out Chelsea has quite the fondness for these scrumptious rings of flour) and even taking a day trip out of the city to the blue mountains.
I was so excited for Chelsea to finally meet my wonderful boyfriend on her trip, and we spent the first day having lunch together at a local cafe after strolling though the Kirribilli markets together (they have some great trinkets if you ever happen to find yourself there!) and then moved on to wander through the city, enjoy the award winning Messina ice cream harbour side and then stroll through the Strand which is one of my favourite buildings in Sydney! As Chelsea flew overnight on a red-eye flight (her flight took off at 1am Perth time! eeek! Thanks for suffering for me!) we set for an early night.
On Chelsea’s second day in Sydney we adventured into Chippendale on recommendation of one of her close friends in Perth to a tea house located in the entrance of the contemporary Chinese art gallery. I never thought I would experience tea and dumplings together, but I certainly am glad that I have! We drank traditional Chinese herbal tea which felt cleansing and good for our souls, while catching up eating dumping which we found so good, we had to order more! The gallery was called the White Rabbit Galley, and definite must if in the area! I love playing tourist when friends come to visit!
Having not been to the Blue Mountains in years and knowing how beautiful it is, we drove Chelsea up to the blue mountains stopping at Wentworth Falls for a quick coffee break just before we reached Echo Point to see the Three Sisters. Peaceful and vast, you really feel as though you are out of the city and have reached the countryside. You know that feeling where you feel like you can truly, breathe? That’s why I love the blue mountains. My next favourite thing is the town of Leura, a quaint little town with really wonderful shopping! Chelsea, Mama & I shopped up a storm, picking up candles, tea cups and home decor pieces!
Our last few days together we spent shopping in the city back in Sydney and on Chelsea’s final morning in Sydney we went to the Grounds of Alexandria, a gorgeous almost inner-city farm like food haven, which I have posted about before here, and here.
It was so precious to have Chelsea come visit and spend some time together in person again! No matter how much technology keeps us connected, nothing can replace the feeling of spending time together in person.