Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Our long weekend in Melbourne: part two

Sunday was the day we had dedicated to Melbourne Open House, but with my body aching after Saturday’s marathon bike ride we didn’t get around to many places.
 
We visited the lavish Myer Mural Hall.
 
 
The murals were lovely…
 
Above: Revelation of Fashion
 
…but I was mostly infatuated with the light fittings.
 
 
We also visited Denmark House, where I posed with my dream sofa, the Poeten by Finn Juhl.
 

And we visited Council House 2, the first sustainable building in Australia. It was very interesting hearing about all the features of the building, including the fact that fresh outside air is pumped through the entire building every 30 minutes.
 
We stopped for coffee and strawberry éclairs from Laurent.
 
 
Then we had a very late dinner of delicious tapas and sangria at Movida. This is another restaurant I would recommend to anyone visiting Melbourne, just don’t forget to book as this place is very popular.
 
After dinner, we took a walk along the Yarra River and met this cute little guy.
 
 
Then Harry popped the question. That’s right, he proposed and now we are engaged! He had planned to do it on Saturday’s bike ride, so that was the grand plan I ruined. I almost did it again on Sunday night because I wasn’t sure that I could be bothered going for a walk after all that food. Poor Harry, I’m lucky he is persistent. Here was our view from the other side of the Yarra River.
 
 
On Monday morning, we took a ride through the beautiful Botanical Gardens before returning our bikes.
 
 
This was our French food day, starting with breakfast at Le Traiteur. This was the best café breakfast I have ever tasted: toasted brioche with spinach, mushrooms, poached eggs and an amazing béarnaise sauce.
 
 
Harry’s breakfast looked equally delicious: baked eggs with pork belly, beans and sourdough toast.
 
With full bellies, we headed to Chapel Street, South Yarra for a bit of shopping. Then back to the city for a six-course lunch at PM24. That was amazing! Sorry, I was too wrapped up in the great French food and wine to remember to take photos. My lunch included: bread & French butter, chicken & vegetable soup, sea scallops, rotisserie lamb (their specialty), a cheese course, hazelnut praline (an éclair filled with hazelnut mousse and a side of hazelnut ice cream), home made marshmallow and coffee.
 
After all that food, we took a walk through the city before heading to the airport and home.
 
 
It was so nice to spend four days in only each other’s company, unwinding with great food in a city full of interesting things to explore. We should really make an effort to take these little breaks more often.

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