The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Sydney, Australia

The Boathouse Menu

The Boathouse Menu

First ever e-book I bought to my Kindle is Top 10 Sydney, of Eyewitness Travel series and the first ever thing I looked was where to eat in Sydney, and first ever thing I highlighted at my Kindle was the restaurant: The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. After a day out in Blue Mountains, with lots of walking, we thought that we deserved an “out of diet borders” dinner for the evening, with some wine and fine dining. So we made our reservation from this restaurant, took a taxi from our hotel and after about 10 minutes drive, there we were, in a romantic (would be without our son), dark and elegant fish restaurant, with a nice view of city lights and the Anzac Bridge.

Char Grilled Fremantle Octopus

Char Grilled Fremantle Octopus

Citrus Cured Marlborough King Salmon

Citrus Cured Marlborough King Salmon

When we travel with a child, the first thing we look in the menu is something to eat for our son (I admit that sometimes I look at it after checking what to eat for dessert). Nothing seemed suitable for him, but our lovely waiter offered him some fish and chips which he loved.

We on the other hand started our meal with some starters of Octopus and Salmon with the wine of the day, once more Pinot Noir, this time from Adelaide.

Nygeringa wineyard, Grower serries

Nygeringa wineyard, Grower serries

Wine of the evening

Wine of the evening

Our main course were Poached Local Ocean Jacket and a Roast New Zealand Hapuka, all very tasty.

New Zealand Hapuka

New Zealand Hapuka

Local Ocean Jacket

Local Ocean Jacket

And finally our desserts were Honeycomb Parfait, Buttermilk Pannacotta and Pistachio Cannoli. Yes, I do not know what they are either, but they tasted lovely and looked like these:

Dessert

Buttermilk Pannacotta

Dessert

Pistachio Cannoli

Parfait

Parfait

After finishing our meals, I asked the waiter to take a photograph of the menu and write down the things we have eaten, to note for my blog. Guess what? The waiter said that we may take the menu with us, as the menu is printed daily. How nice, now the menu is just by my lap top and making me remember this fine dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athens, Greece from the eyes of our son

Acropolis

Acropolis

3 years ago we wanted to go somewhere reasonably priced, somewhere convenient and somewhere warm in November and did a long weekend trip to Athens, Greece. I have written about how our son loves to be in ancient cities here. Athens/Acropolis would be probably on top 10 list of ancient cities to visit.

Actually Athens was a bit of disappointment other than the Acropolis. A day in Acropolis, with a good walking and climbing and an evening in Pire, a day trip to outskirts of Athens including Kifisia and Rafina was more than enough for a weekend.

Acropolis

Acropolis

Although we had a rental car, once again we preferred to get on a hop-on-hop-off bus, to go around the city and know what is where. So we understood that Acropolis is our only attraction point, as our son hates shopping, and father hates ordinary museums. Therefore, we got off the bus at Acropolis and played our typical ancient city game “pretend to be”.

Acropolis

Acropolis

Athena Nike tample, Proplylaia (the entrance), Parthenon, Dionysos Theater, Heredos Atticus Theater and lovely views of city of Athens from various angles, were all nice to visit on a warm autumn day.

View of the city

View of the city

Afterwards we walked down hill to the Plaka area, to find a local restaurant and some shops for a relax afternoon.

Finishing the city before 5:oo pm, we decided to get our car and drive to Pire maybe to find a restaurant or for a sunset view at a cafe, but maybe it would be better to get some idea from locals, as we could not find a nice place to sit, and there were almost nobody around except us.

Next day, with the advice of our eyewitness book of Athens, we decided to drive some other towns nearby. We started with Kifisia in the morning, which is said to be preferred by locals for summer season mostly. Nice houses, some shops and a natural history museum were what we saw, nothing close to History Museums in New York, Vienna or London.

Animals in Natural History Museum

Animals in Natural History Museum

Some insects, some butterflies, some animals and minerals were interesting maybe not for us, but for our son.

For the afternoon we went to the east coast to Rafina, another advice of our eyewitness book. Again not much to see, except some fish restaurants to have lunch by the port and to watch the ships coming and going.

So that was all for us in Athens. We simply did nothing on the third day. Had a long breakfast in our hotel – Hotel Novus, with the most lovely pie we have ever had- and drove around the city with our car before going to the airport.

Do you remember game:

Me: What do you remember of Athens.

Our son: Our hotel with the view of Acropolis.

Me: And?

Our son: And the Acropolis.

Me: And?

Our son: More Acropolis

 

PS. All photographs in this post are taken by our son.