Name Dropping in Sydney

 Lingering over windows in Sydney has the effect of leaving you with your mouth open – so many expensive shops. I couldn’t help admire the gleaming window displays; less is more.

I never shop where they don’t show the price in the window.




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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

54 thoughts on “Name Dropping in Sydney”

  1. I’ll namedrop too! Last time I saw this kind of lineup was Dubai airport, and before that Prague. Not shopping where there’s no price is an excellent principle. I used to shop at David Jones – as a student. Last time I visited it was in pursuit of my niece’s wedding list, and I treated it as an art gallery. Last time I shopped there I bought a very expensive pair of very ordinary white cotton undies – if you want to know. One year a replica of Michelangelo’s David was on display at the foot of the escalators, suitably fig-leafed: it was, after all, Sydney in the late 1950s.

    Bet you didn’t expect to unleash such a flood of memories!

    1. David Jones looks like our Selfridges or John Lewis which are just posh department stores (well Selfridges was, not so sure now) and I do rather like JL. I never noticed these types of shops in Prague – I obviously wasn’t in THAT area. Nice to have memories…

  2. It is not easy to take shots of shop windows, so a fair bit of exposure skill exhibited there Jude.
    The shops remind me of when I worked near Old Bond Street. Uninspiring T-shirts priced at £100, and jewellery so expensive, if you walked into the shop, you couldn’t afford even the very cheapest item. Another world, best avoided.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Just around the corner from the conference hotel and so I passed them by to get to anywhere else, otherwise they are not the type of shops I look out for 😀

  3. … and that’s why I avoid these areas. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE shopping, but I prefer not to browse where my wallet is going to get an inferiority complex 🙂

  4. A wallet with an inferiority complex! 😀 😀 Love your catch phrase, Joanne.
    Certainly well photographed, Jude, what with the glare of lights and windows. Did you actually SEE any customers inside? In Macau we window shopped such highbrow name brands. The stores were empty and the clerks bored.

    1. Had to wait ages sometimes for the worst of the reflections to pass by (buses, trucks, people) and shift from one side to another to avoid the lights. I must say ALL the windows were extremely clean! I didn’t look inside – even the store assistants terrify me 🙂

      1. Well, the wait was well worth it.
        I know. The store assistants have that superior presence as well.
        My apologies for typing in your name incorrectly. My brain must have been on overload. 😦

    1. No Worries Jo! I’ll do my best – I have a few more in the wings for next week 🙂 and the David Jones Christmas windows are to die for – honest!

  5. Or where there’s a price tag, but it’s turned over and you can see an item #, but not the price 🙂

    It keeps us riff raff out of their stores, eh, Jude ?!?

    1. I loathe shopping at any time or scale, but these shops just scare me off – definitely needed my Louboutin heels on to venture inside one of these shops 😉

  6. I think these horrendously expensive stores aren’t meant for us mere mortals. I peep inside as I go past, and more often than not, there isn’t a single customer. 🙂

    1. Well they have branches all over the world so SOMEONE must be buying their clothes/shoes/bags/scarves/jewellery/ – must be the WAGS 🙂

    1. Yeah, but that’s because you are a savvy shopper, me, I’m just a cheapskate 😉 Seriously, shops like these scare me!

    1. There. Or right now about 20 km from there. Would you like me to pick you up a scarf darlin’? Are you back from your gorgeous house in Palm Beach?

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