Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Planning a weekend in Melbourne

Next Monday is a bank holiday in NSW. I have been working for a bank for over 12 months, but last year I forgot about the bank holiday and booked a client meeting for 9am, which couldn’t be rescheduled as the client was travelling from interstate and in Sydney for only 1 day. After missing my first bank holiday, I decided to make the most of it this year. I am taking an additional leave day on Friday and Harry and I are heading to Melbourne for a long weekend.
We are planning 4 jam-packed days, featuring fabulous food, ancient Egyptian history, architecture, cocktails, vintage bicycles, a French film and a little shopping.
Our list of things to do includes:
A morning spent exploring the city’s boutiques.
Lunch at Seamstress Restaurant & Bar, housed in a 100 year old former textile factory, warehouse and one-time Buddhist monastery.
A visit to the ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ exhibition at Melbourne Museum.
Cocktails at Atrium Bar at Crown Casino.
Breakfast at Le Traiteur, which means ‘The Caterer’ in French.

A ride from Melbourne’s CBD to St Kilda Beach, through Southbank and Albert Park, on vintage bicycles rented from The Humble Vintage.
Keep the bicycles and a day spent exploring the best of Melbourne’s architecture, with a collection of 75 contemporary, historic and sustainable buildings and spaces open to visitors for one weekend only for the annual event, Melbourne Open House.
With a break at 1pm to watch ‘Tales of the Night’, an animated French film, at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
A morning spent (and perhaps a bit of money spent too) at Chadstone Shopping Centre, the first freestanding regional shopping centre in Melbourne and now the biggest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Back to the city for lunch at PM24 for a contemporary take on French cuisine.

We are staying at The Victoria Hotel. It’s nothing too fancy, but it has a great history as one of Melbourne’s first hotels, opening in 1880 (as pictured below). The rooms are decorated in a simple heritage style, but they are recently renovated and the hotel is very conveniently located in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD.
P.S. It’s my Mum’s birthday on the bank holiday Monday too. I had better bring her back something nice from Melbourne.

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