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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Last Stop in Australia: BONDI BEACH!

For me, Bondi beach was magical. It reached above and beyond all expectations of what the best beach in the world should be. Then again, I come from a place of Jones Beach, not the most exotic. The beach could be viewed in its entirety from miles around it seemed. The bus dropped us off at street level, set above the beach near all the shops and restaurants. I feel like I stepped into the inspiration board for the creative teams behind Roxy, Hollister, and Quicksilver. Surf shops were at every corner, and on Sundays there is the Bondi Beach Market with independent Australian designers selling clothing, accessories, jewelry, vintage clothing, art, home goods and more. Down on the beach, the waves are incredible. Surfers are out, rain or shine. It is a bright blue ocean followed by golden sand followed by a field of grass.
Bondi Beach
Walking the boardwalk
The Bucket List inside
The Bucket list outside
Crate stools for tables outside

The sun would come and go, then a few sprinkles of rain would pass through. It wasn't weather for laying out, but with the town overlooking Bondi, we decided to sit outside at The Bucket List and soak up the view. It's an indoor/outdoor bar and eatery serving up Pimm's pitchers and buckets of prawns to those who come in from the beach for lunch. Inside, there's wicker lampshades, pastel picture frames, and teal banquets with white painted wood. Outside, colorful milk crates double as chairs with painted wood boards attached as seat cushions. Don't forget to check your surf board at the door upon entry. We sat down with a pitcher of sangria and did some people watching and wave watching over the Bondi Pavillion.

For lunch we moved on to Ravesi's. Again, overlooking Bondi Beach, we sat upstairs and enjoyed a Thai beef and prawn salad, an avocado beet goat cheese salad, and shrimp and chips. To finish out our day, we went for happy hour at Bondi Social. We sat on the upper level balcony overlooking one of the most famous beaches in the world.
Enjoying our last day in Sydney at Bondi Social
Bondi through the eyes of Pinot Grigio

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