Detour: Sydney, Australia

If we were still living in the United States, I doubt we would’ve ever traveled to Australia. It’s just too far. But now? Not so much. So, off we went to the Antipodes.

In Sydney, we played tourist for a bit; we took snapshots of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. But we also spent time in the suburbs, including Bondi, Surrey Hills, and Paddington. There’s something special about eating in neighborhood cafes and playing in neighborhood parks.

By far, my favorite suburb was Glebe, just south-west of Sydney’s central business district. And, yes, it was because of the plethora of new and second-hand bookstores. We spent hours at Gleebooks and browsed its treasure trove of children’s books. The booksellers were knowledgable and passionate. We walked away with a stack of children’s books, all set in Sydney!

If you go: While away an afternoon in Glebe’s Victoria Park (above). This vast park has widespread grassed areas for bird-watching, a swimming pool, and a children’s playground with unique, adult-friendly equipment.

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