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A Melbourne Love Affair

November 27, 2013

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I’ve visited Melbourne many times in the past, and I always enjoyed it, but this past 2 weeks it seemed that Melbourne managed to carve “I LOVE MELBOURNE” in to my heart.

I’m back in Sydney, and coming down from the highs and lows of the holiday. I managed to get sick by the second week and had to cancel a few of my plans. My body wasn’t quite used to Melbourne weather (the first thing I bought was an Umbrella!) and I turned into a grumpy snot making machine. Oh, and on the flight home, my luggage got lost! Luckily it was later found and delivered to me, though my suitcase is DEAD.
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Melbourne’s architecture is just so beautiful. I could have happily just walked around taking pictures of old buildings and ALL the street art. They have so many random sculptures and art installations.

The transport is great! I actually managed to catch a bus, a train & a tram. The whole bus thing was big for me, as I get really bad anxiety on buses. The hotel I stayed at was in a great position, but I’m pretty sure the bed was made of stone.

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The food! Good lord THE FOOD! I tried Ramen for the first time & my manΒ friend taught me how to use chopsticks. I had some amazing crepes at Roule Galette, and of course managed to drop by Lord of the Fries.

My favourite by far was the dinner I had at Cumulus. Serious NOMS! I’m a huge oyster fan, and having a range of different fresh oysters was such an interesting experience. You don’t realise how oysters from different areas can taste so different.

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If you’re ever in Melbourne, you HAVE TO stop by Chokolait. Best Hot Chocolate EVER. I was a bit of a skeptic at first, you know, hot chocolate is hot chocolate, but nope, this was heaven in a glass!
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Surprise, Surprise, I didn’t actually do a lot of shopping! Well, I window shopped, but I only ended up buying a pair of shoes, a lipgloss and eyeliner! I was so tempted by many things though.

Sorry about the lack of posts! I hope to get back into normal scheduled posting soon! I can’t wait to tell you about The Blogcademy!

A couple of pictures of me, and of the crepes were taken by my buddy Sarah!

 

  • I’m laughing at your comment about Melbourne PT. I guess it’s good compared to Sydney (I’ve heard Sydney’s transport is rather crap), but I hate it here. I live in the outer ‘burbs and it’s crap.

    Melbourne is pretty awesome though, I have to admit. I rarely go into the CBD nowadays because I work on the outskirts but when I do, I remember all the good bits.

  • I have to agree with Kathryn, our PT system is sub-par. But at least it clearly didn’t muck up on you! It is harder being in the outer suburbs, I know it’s better in the inner city though. Your photos are so pretty, and I love reading about what others get up to in Melbourne, it helps give me ideas of where to go

  • You look adorable in that middle photo at the top. The architecture looks amazing! I’m a big architecture nerd.

  • P

    Did i detect a mention of a boyfriend ?
    Glad you had a wonderful time Nat.

  • Sydney transport is a bit ehh. I have a BAD phobia about Sydney buses after being harassed on one, and the trains, while they go to a great deal of places are still a bit iffy. I dunno, I just found the transport more accessible & cleaner. The 2nd week I stayed in Oakleigh and I had no trouble making my way into the city.

  • You did indeed! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you! Oh me too, I love architecture and it’s a mix of old amazing buildings and then new quirky things they’ve built. I was constantly ohhing & ahhhing over it all!

  • I’m just used to Sydney I guess, and I just find the sydney transport CRAZY.

  • I love Melbourne too! My littlest brother just moved there, so I’m thinking a trip is in my future. I totally get what you mean about buses, they’re terrifying! So glad you had a good time, apart from the snot and the lost luggage! x

  • That’s great. Sometimes on get on the train and the recorded announcement is completely wrong, saying the wrong station name and I think it must be really hard for tourists, not to mention the train line names being changed all the time.

    Buses here are usually horrid. On our line, the drivers often use their mobile phones while driving! I’ve never been harassed though. I live in a very bogan area but they are nice bogans and are the first to hop up and help mums with prams or old ladies, even if they are driving their cans of beam and coke on the bus (during the morning commute).

  • What amazing photographs! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, lovely… I’ve loved all the snippets I’ve seen of your adventures!

  • Michelle

    Ummm hellooooo, boyfriend? Details or he is just made up! lol

  • Yeah, the train announcement was a little out the day I went into the city, but that was because they had to skip Central because it was flooded. But in Sydney we don’t even always get announcements and sometimes you can’t hear or understand them anyway. The trains are also teeny too! I’m used to like 14 carriages and 2 stories!

    Its been awhile since I’ve caught a bus in Sydney, but I noticed Melbourne taxi drives are completely batshit insane! Everytime I got in one I was scared I wouldn’t make it alive.

  • Haha, he’s not made up! It’s still early days, and it’s long distance, but you’ll probably hear/see more of him in the future. :p

  • Eee! Thank you! I had such a great time! Can’t wait to get back!

  • Yes! Melbourne trip! Ugh, buses are just, I hate them. It’s actually something my psych and I have been working on for months now.

  • Sarah Collins

    You’re making me miss Melbourne! Haha, I love that city. I’m from Perth so don’t get to go very often but I have wonderful memories of hanging out with my friend there

  • pioneerpat1

    Was there 20 years ago and I do want to go back big time.
    Great pics.