Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fun times in Melbourne

Sooo, Matt and I went to Melbourne recently for our wedding anniversary.  Our first weekend away with no kids.  Although I missed them, it was a nice change to not be limited by routine and set eating, bathing and sleeping pattens.

I love Melbourne.  Let me count the ways.
One; one of my besties lives in Melbourne.
Two, for the beautiful old buildings and the cobbled lined streets.  There is alot of controversy and sadness surrounding the demolition of heritage buildings in Brisbane, making way for new developments.
Three, the trams.  I can only wonder what Brisbane would be like today if the trams were still in operation.
Four, the yummy yummy food.  It is everywhere in all corners and stretches of the city and surrounding suburbs.
Me and my Bestie Peter Pooh Pooh.

I had no time for shopping in Melbourne but plenty of time for eating and drinking.  My 3 favourite places to eat were, The Breakfast Club for breakfast at Northcote.  I had Carlos' Eggs, best brekky ever.  Lunch at Ichini at St Kilda, best bento box I've had outside of Japan.  Dinner at the Vege Kitchen, at Northcote, where the 'Intention is Love'.  Two Taiwanese sisters make their own tofu and soy milk and offer a banquet of vegetarian yumminess.  I saw two burly men that looked like seasoned meat eater stroll in and go giddy with excitement over the menu.  Loved it.  Even Matt, who calls tofu toad food, loved it.

The lane ways lived up to their reputation, I think you need a holiday just to visit them.  This piece was fresh and wet and one of my favourites that I saw.

Matt and I drove the Great Ocean road, well a bit of it.  We got as far as the lighthouse that is in the TV show, Round the Twist.  So pretty and such a contrast to the business of the city.  On the way home we stopped at The Wool Shed Museum at Geelong.  There was an excellent exhibition there about real life Australian Femme Fatales.  Very interesting and some of the 1940's mug shots were a little spooky and a far cry from the glamorous pictures I usually look at from this era.  Geelong by the water was really pretty.
Cool trees on the Great Ocean Road

This is funny because it looks like Matt is skipping, he is not.

We went to the footy, of course.  It just so happened the Lions were playing.  It was good to see those boys in full form and not on the the telly, if you know what I mean.

The Blackman, which is part os the Art Series hotels, was awesome.  We got upgraded to the 17th floor and had a great view of Albert Park.  We felt on top of the world, baby!  The room was lush and the location was very central.  A perfect and very glamorous choice.

Pete and I went to Outre Gallery , it was so good to see these prints in real life and inspired me to pull my finger out and print again (that's another blog).  I could have spent thousands there.  I bought a book for the kids, that I will definitely be sharing some pages from soon.  We refuelled at a totally cool cafe, 1000 Pound Bend.  I wish 1000 pound Bend was down the road from my place, sigh!

Melbourne in Autumn is so pretty.  I have vowed to visit this awesome city again soon.
Pretty leaves and pretty spots.

1 comment:

  1. we'll have you living down there soon! if not, monthly visits will suffice.
    PS. i bet matt was skipping, shoes off and skipping! ^.^