Sunday, August 14, 2011

Our long weekend in Melbourne: part one

This post is slightly belated as our long weekend in Melbourne was a couple of weeks ago, but as they say… better late than never. I rarely seem to have the time to put together a proper post, I really don’t understand where all my 'free time' goes.
 
Anyway, our long weekend in Melbourne was fabulous. The weather was nice apart from a day of patchy rain on Saturday and the food was fantastic. The whole weekend turned out to be quite a gastronomic affair, which was more than fine by me. After all, when I am on holiday, I simply like to eat, shop and explore… no resting on the beach or poolside for this girl.

After checking into our hotel on Monday, we kicked off our foodie weekend with savoury French crepes and coffee for breakfast at Roule Galette. We found this place tucked away in a tiny little laneway off Flinders Lane.
 
 
We wandered aimlessly around the city until lunchtime, when we stopped for a two-course lunch at Seamstress.
 
 
The food was amazing! I took pictures, but they turned out too dark so I won’t share them here. I’ll just say that if you’re visiting Melbourne, this place is definitely worth a stop… especially if you can take advantage of the mid-week lunch special like we did. Also, the décor is quite funky, playing up the fact that this space was once a textiles factory, with draped rolls of fabric in oriental patterns and vintage sewing machines.
 
After more aimless wandering around the city, we headed to the Melbourne Museum to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.  The exhibition was really interesting and we were exhausted after spending more than 1.5 hours discovering all it had to offer. We headed to the Atrium Bar at Crown Casino for a pre dinner cocktail. I ordered a Raspberry Kiss.
 
 
We’re not really the casino type, but last time we were in Melbourne I stumbled upon this cocktail after making a trip to the casino to pick up a purchase from the Louis Vuitton store. This time, we visited the casino just so I could order this cocktail. It is creamy, chocolatey, raspberry bliss.
 
 
We headed back to Seamstress for a casual dinner of hokkien noodles with crispy slow-cooked melt-in-your-mouth pork belly pieces in the underground bar, Sweatshop.
 
 
On Saturday, we picked up our rented vintage bicycles from The Humble Vintage and started our day with a deliciously healthy breakfast from Trunk Diner.
 
Then we kicked off Melbourne Open House with a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
 
 
We rode our fleet down to South Wharf, where I bought a new Fossil handbag and a few books. Then we continued on through Albert Park where we stopped to eat some Byron Bay cookies we had picked up the day before.
 
 
We rode through St Kilda and all the way to the Brighton Beach Huts.
 
 
From that point, I realised perhaps I had pushed myself a little too far. Why are bike seats so uncomfortable? We rode all the way back to Melbourne (more than 13 kilometres) with me refusing to stop because I was afraid that if I got off my bike, I wouldn’t be able to get back on it. To top it off, it started raining. There was one positive, we saw a double rainbow on our way back into the city.
 
 
Harry had some grand plans for this day, unbeknownst to me, but I shattered them due to my cranky behaviour… more on that in the next post.

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