Well it's a rather exciting affair when Hubby says:
"Marty (my Dad-in-law and my Boss) is flying us all to
Melbourne for the Siren Awards"
"1 shriek, 2 squeals, an uncoordinated happy dance
and the embarrassing (involuntary) "Nooo Way!?"
You see ....
... I LOVE Melbourne ever so much.
(not just because it's cold and I get to wear my winter threads)
It's where I first moved to when I left home....
... It's where I met Hubby and fell in love
(accepting his proposal after only SIX days... not kidding)
It's where I made many a happy memory with dear
friends and family...
It's where I hope to live AGAIN one day
(with any luck in the above building... I mean get out of town!
Me..... LIVING in the "Tea House" .... Pffff!)
It's a city filled to the brim with everything and anything.
We stayed in apartments situated in the heart of town.
The building itself has quite a history.
Built in 1884 and designed by renowned Australian architect William Pitt.
(The above image is taken from inside the inner courtyard)
We only had to step outside the foyer and we were within spitting distance of
trams, restaurants, bars and theatres.
Further down the street is China Town
A colourful spectacle of clashing cultures and architecture....
.... that has to be seen to be....
Hubby and I ventured to favourite haunts where
we reminisced over the past ....
... as well as planned for the future....
(crazy, dreamy, pie-in-the-sky plans... the best kind)
... you see Melbourne is very grey... very wet and
ever so ... dare I say it... London...ish.
So for two "wanna be Brits" ...
... you can just imagine the fun we had.
Coincidentally Hubby's birthday was on the Saturday and so,
in honour of this auspicious occasion, we embarked on a culinary skirmish
that began with a French Cafe and ended with a Thai feast.
(he was a very merry bear indeed)
With so much to see and do we knew we needed to
squeeze every second out of every day - as a result we've returned feeling
much like one does when one runs a marathon... in heels.
I need to make mention of one particular store....
... by the name of Mark Denver
Loosely coined as "Vintage Industrial" but I feel
better described as .... well ....
Definootilly my style. I could easily have stayed
in here for another two hours but we had a lunch booking
and I had to settle for a quick peruse (drool) and a brief chat
with the friendly Jenny (Mark was out back) - who informed me
that they do ship across Australia .... sigh.
I think the thing I love the most about Melbourne
is the ease with which one can get around and the
variety of things you can experience. It's what
a city should be... exciting, unique, cultured and vibrant.
I had the good fortune of
stumbling upon one of my favourite design houses
(situated off Brunswick street in
the funky and arty district that is Fitzroy)
To be honest I could ramble about this great town
for eons. It has an atmosphere that I adore and
I'm especially proud of how "anything goes"...
... how people here blend in because their colours - no matter how
vivid (or dull) are all just a fitting match to the eclectic backdrop
of a place that oozes "unique"
I know I'll be back again soon....
... but until then...
... Thank you for having us Melbourne.
PS - Congrats to Marty for doing well at the awards!
(and a MAHOOSIVE thank you for letting us come along to celebrate)