When Mr NASD asked me to keep a weekend in November free, I was naturally curious. He offered little information other than the significant detail that it would be a KID FREE weekend. He arranged for the girls to go to his parents for two nights and he told me nothing else. The destination was a mystery.
When I told my friends about his surprise plan they were impressed and curious in equal measure. ‘But why is he doing this?” they asked. A fair enough question. It wasn’t our anniversary. He wasn’t going to propose. And it wasn’t my birthday! In the many years of our relationship, both before and after marriage, I can’t remember him pulling off a stunt like this. Admittedly, I like being in control so his reticence to take charge is, well, rather understandable!!
The motivation for a weekend getaway was actually pretty simple. He wanted to spend time with me. Quality time together; something most parents know is pretty elusive with kids. We’ve had a pretty intense year with seesawing emotion. There’s a lot of uncertainty in our lives right now and we’re at a bit of a juncture. Contemplating the direction of our lives has taken up a great deal of mental energy and so a mini break was in order. We needed a MOOD BOOST!
When he told me we had to leave home at 5.30am I had a hint that we would be heading to the airport. And I was right. The destination for our escape was……… Sydney!!! Here’s a few scenes from our weekend getaway.
Do you think I look happy in this pic? I am not usually a morning person but in this instance, I practically jumped out of bed. Ok, jumped may be a slight exaggeration….
First stop: Manly. We took the ferry across to Manly and ate at Hugo’s restaurant thanks to a tip off from a loyal NASD reader. She couldn’t have been more right. The service, setting and meal at Hugo’s was sensational. In fact, I would go so far as to say it was the best Mushroom and Taleggio pizza I have ever had. Which is fitting considering Hugo’s won the award for the best pizza in Australia! I followed this with creme brûlée; my all-time favourite dessert, and a nice glass of Prosseco. We worked off lunch with a long walk along the beach afterwards. We covered more conversation in that walk that we ordinarily would in an entire month!
More champagne back at our hotel with this as a backdrop!
One Sunday we took the ferry to Balmain which may or may not have been motivated by my desire to visit Adriano Zumbo’s famous patisserie….
And the macaroons were……heavenly.
Sydney is such a beautiful city and she put on her best performance on Sunday and literally shone.
Can you imagine if this was the way you commuted to work each day?
And I managed to squeeze in some time for shopping. Picked up this cute feather top from the The Rocks Markets, and the dress from a boutique shop in Balmain.
Sydney was an awesome destination for our kid-free weekend but we could have been anywhere. We enjoyed great food and wine, uninterrupted conversation, but mostly we simply enjoyed each other’s company. I know not everyone has the opportunity to go away without the kids for a night or two, but if you do, I highly recommend it. A good injection of romance and adventure has given me a much-needed pause from my domestic life, and Mr NASD is feeling pretty pleased with himself for putting a big smile on his wife’s face.
Have you ever taken a mini break without the kids?