Sydney Life: Sculptures by The Sea, Bondi

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Bondi beach is one of the more famous and wickedly popular beaches of Australia and it’s currently host to its largest yet Sculptures by The Sea art exhition with more than 100 sculptures on display.  Due to its massive popularity as an event, Anh and I headed to Bondi beach very early Saturday morning to try to firstly avoid the crowds, but also avoid the heat as it was forecasted to be 34 degrees that day.  We got to Bondi by 8am and it was questionable at that point if we managed to avoid either the heat or crowds but we lucked out and found a free parking space a few blocks away from the beach front.

It was a beautiful day with the sun blazing down on us we started on the walk from Bondi to Tamarama which winds along the beach front.  I was able to see the Bondi Icebergs, outdoor swimming pools filled with the sea water right beside it and it was remarkable. There was also people doing yoga beside the pool, and I can only imagine how much sweating was going on there.

The walk itself was very nice, and stopping often to see the sculptures.  There were a few annoyances such as the flies that seemed determined to land on my face despite all the bug spray I used, and the joggers that were set on their usual route despite the fact there were several hundred extra people there (bumping into people and huffing in pompousness annoyance as they passed).  There was also sweetly hilarious sights to behold with lot of young families and toddlers who had no interest in trekking in hot weather to look at weird shapes, “I’m so tired and hot! Can’t we just go to the beach yet?!?” – one little girl whined a mere 10 metres into the walk.

After looking the sculptures we headed back towards Bondi to have some brunch as it was still quite early.  We stopped in at Bondi Hardware, which according to Urbanspoon had a good rating and we shared a couple of plates of sliders and a chorizo hash to share.  Everything was tasty and satisfying, with the fried chicken slider tangy slaw being a perfect complement to the crispy chicken. We didn’t want to go overboard as we had our eye on Gelato Messina Gelato.  Unfortunately it didn’t open for another hour so we took the opportunity to walk around the shops and discover the organic markets where they were selling beautiful produce, flowers and several food stalls selling food truck style food.

It’s easy to see why Bondi is so popular and I certainly fell in love with the beach, the food and the fact an amazing mall is a mere 10 minutes away.  Despite the hour drive from our house, here’s to hoping Anh and I can make beach days at Bondi a regular occurrence this spring and summer.

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Chain Reaction – Michael Van Dam

metamorphosis - to the sky. Tetsuro Yamasaki

metamorphosis – to the sky. Tetsuro Yamasaki

to take care of. Hannah Streefkerk

to take care of. Hannah Streefkerk

dark shine night 2014. Takahiro Hirata

dark shine night 2014. Takahiro Hirata

look who's here... Janaki Lele

look who’s here… Janaki Lele

the boot pool. Ian Swift

the boot pool. Ian Swift

overconsumption. Kerrie Argent

overconsumption. Kerrie Argent

babies three pieces. David Cerny

babies three pieces. David Cerny

save our souls. Cave Urban

save our souls. Cave Urban

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that tranquil moment. Stephen Marr

that tranquil moment. Stephen Marr

nevermore. Jonathan Leahey

nevermore. Jonathan Leahey

house of mirrors. NEON

house of mirrors. NEON

redtrumpet redtable. Philip Spelman

redtrumpet redtable. Philip Spelman

gift of the rhinoceros. Mikeala Castledine

gift of the rhinoceros. Mikeala Castledine

we're frying out here. Andrew Hankin We forgot to get a wide shot of this giant frying pan!

we’re frying out here. Andrew Hankin
We forgot to get a wide shot of this giant frying pan!

permanent sunrise.  Alejandro Propato

permanent sunrise. Alejandro Propato

evidence based research - crossing the line. Julie Collins & Derek John

evidence based research – crossing the line. Julie Collins & Derek John

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