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What's So Manly About It?

from museum to beach

sunny 23 °C

Today was one of those lovely days where you expect the weather to be overcast and humid (as Sydney has been lately. Ick.) and so you plan to spend the day doing something indoors, but you're pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining once you step outside, so the whole itinerary changes.

One of my favorite places to visit in Sydney is the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay, where they currently have an exhibit featuring photos by Annie Leibovitz taken between 1990-2005. She's snapped images of US presidents, movie stars, musicians and other performers, as well as desert landscapes and international travel. Her work has been published in Vogue and Rolling Stone magazines and I've always really admired how personal her photos are, but I wasn't too impressed with the photos on display; the curator seemed to have chosen the "safe" photos from her collection, rather than some of her more famous raw images. Who could forget this one?


Still, it was cool to see more of her work mounted on the wall, rather than small snippets in my magazines.

Since the weather was holding up nicely, we decided to hop on the next ferry to Manly Beach and go stick our toes in the ocean. We were greeted by several dozen dead bluebottles dotting the sand, but it was funny how unfazed the surfers appeared to be as they ran into the water with their boards. I certainly didn't go jumping back into the ocean after I was stung in Hawaii....

We have this favorite Mexican restaurant at Manly that makes a killer sangria and homemade guacamole, but upon realizing it had closed down, settled for another beachside spot that served Dos Equis with our chips and salsa. It was here that I witnessed my first celebrity sighting on this trip: Manly-based pro surfer Layne Beachley, who won seven world championship titles before retiring a few years back, was seated at the table directly across from us. I didn't know who she was, but I figured she was a pretty big deal when Paddy turned bright red and had a brief freak-out.

For photos of this excursion, click here

Posted by Alykat 18:34 Archived in Australia Tagged annie_leibovitz manly_beach layne_beachley mca

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