Saigon escape: a month in Bangkok, Sydney and NYC

Hi! I’m back in steamy Saigon after an amazing month away, and luckily, rather than suffering post-holiday blues am feeling happy to be back (first stop was the new Quan An Ngon restaurant on Pasteur – if you’re in Saigon check it out, the building’s beautiful and the food is the same delicious menu as the original).

Our time away began with a long weekend in Bangkok, reacquainting myself with the Siam neighbourhood (read: shops, shops and more shops, cough cough…). Oh and food. Lots of great food. We also caught up with some friends who have moved there which was lots of fun.
Next – a week and a bit in Sydney, which was alot of catching up with family and friends and friends’ new babies and old babies (and unborn babies!). We went to some of our favourite places – Zumbo’s in Balmain, Sulfaro’s (for pizza & coffee) and Colefax Chocolates in Haberfield, Berkelouw Books and movies at the Dendy in Newtown, restaurants and bars in Crown Street, and our old suburb, Dulwich Hill, where I was very happy to discover a new cafe has opened at the end of our street which will be pretty convenient in future! We also went to some of the new ‘small bars’ popping in Sydney (a la Melbourne or New York – yay!) like Pocket Bar in Darlinghurst and The Hive in Erskineville.
Then, bidding little Z adieu, we headed off on something of a post-babymoon to New York City!!! The feeling of walking through an airport without being encumbered by a pram and a big bag full of baby paraphenalia was the best feeling! And being able to read, watch movies and listen to music on the plane was bliss. I didn’t even care that it took about 22 hours to get from Sydney to New York, and felt a bit sorry for the tired, haggard mothers disembarking at the end with screaming baby in tow (in a ‘so glad it’s not me’ kind of way!). Our New York stay featured 10 days of eating, drinking, shopping, art galleries and wandering all over. It was one of the best holidays of my life. Lots of gushy posts to come featuring our favourite neighbourhoods and food finds!

4 Responses

  1. shantiwallah November 2, 2009 / 3:10 am

    Sounds fantastic! Great to see you back and looking forward to reading all about it.

  2. Niamh Griffin December 21, 2009 / 2:26 am

    I’m rediscovering the shops of BKK this month and loving every minute! We take these things for granted when we live here but so appreciated on a return.

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