A Cottage in Clarkville

October 30, 2009, 9:59 pm
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A serious lack of updates lately. The weekend before last we decided to take a last-minute trip to catch up with friends in Melbourne. After swapping a few shifts, making sure people were going to be home in Melbourne, finding someone to look after the house and animals and finding some cheap tickets we were all set. We left 5 days after deciding to go and had 3 full days in Melbourne. We had a great time, the weather was pretty good to us, and apart from some passport dramas all went very well. Day one we went and did a bit of shopping, we had an exciting tram ride as the driver refused to let on a chap with a big roll of carpet. The Jacks (Police) were called but after a bit of to and fro the carpet man got off and we were back on our way. After an afternoon nap to catch up on some sleep we went off to meet friends of friends at what is apparently one of the top 10 cocktail bars in the world. I drank beer and my pregnant wife had a drink that tasted like pure sugar. We then had a meal at a Greek restaurant where we were looked after by a very stern Greek. Good food.

On day 2 we were involved in Super Saturday! That is what the paper was calling it the next day after a red-hot day in the Melbourne real estate market. A friend of a friend was in the market for a house so we went along to see a house up for auction in Richmond. A very nice but small Victorian 2 bedroom place. The bidding started a$500000 and then sold under the hammer for $720000. It was just like on the telly with quite a few people standing around on the street watching the action. It turns out over 800 houses went up for auction that day and over 82% sold. In the afternoon we went for a lovely walk through the botanic gardens, before having a drink on a rooftop bar in the CBD.

Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Off Trail in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Rooftop Bar

In the sun on the Rooftop Bar

We then went and did an art walking tour where we were shown some street art and a couple of artists studios. That night we had a fantastic dinner at Guiseppe Analdos on the South Bank before trying to see a gig at a pub.

On Sunday we headed out for brunch at a very hidden cafe, very trendy, great food.

Trendy Cafe

Trendy Cafe

We then headed for the Yarra Vally to check out some wineries. It was great to get into the country side and check out the Aussie Reds. Tarra Warra

Tin Cows

Tin Cows at Tarra Warra

It was then dinner in a North Melbourne pub that had very retro decor. 2 of the pictures on the wall certainly brought home memories of home!035

So a great trip, thanks to all our friends for taking the time to hang out with us and also for looking after us so well.


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