E's Birthday!!!

Having a birthday abroad is hard.  No one else even knows your name and there's only one person you are with that both knows your name and your birthday!  No pressure...  So, after learning through last year's birthdays we were a bit more prepared with what to expect.  We planned an awesome tourist day in Sydney to splurge a little and celebrate the day. 

The morning started off with a walk through the botanical gardens on our way to the Manly Ferry.  We both loved that the city surrounded such beautiful areas for everyone to get outside and relax!

Boarding the ferry, we headed off towards Manly.  There's something about being on the ocean but it not smelling like the Pacific Northwest aroma that we are used to. 

Manly was pretty, but a bit cold and windy so we headed to a coffee shop.  I don't know why I don't have a photo, but we happened into The Showbox, a coffee shop with all things SEATTLE!  Needless to say, the coffee, the people, the food, the everything was amazing.  We chatted with the owner who had flown to Seattle for 12 days to enjoy the Soundgarden concert last February.  So fun to talk to him about our city!

Here are some photos of the beach.

Vietnamese was on order for lunch at a delicious spot by the Manly Ferry terminal.  We felt like we were in Vietnam, squatting on low tables, on the sidewalk!  Delicious food that we enjoyed before heading back to the ferry and the city.

The afternoon was spent walking around and then crossing the Harbor Bridge.  We enjoyed more gorgeous views looking back over the city. 

Winding the day down, we enjoyed champagne and the views from the rooftop deck of our AirBnB. 

For dinner we took a bus out to a suburb for delicious Lebanese food that was recommended to us by our AirBnB host.  We had SO MUCH FOOD that I'm still full, writing this post some 12 hours later!  We stuffed ourselves with delicious food and wine, and topped it off on the way home with some gelato at their favorite, Gelato Messina.  What a birthdays for, right?!  No photos to share of this part of our evening but it was much enjoyed.

The emails from friends and family at home were really special and we can't wait to continue the celebration when we are home in a few short days!