#55 - a great day in melbourne

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Me in front of the Flinders St Station

I loved my day in Melbourne!  :)

It started with a great run around the Albert Park Lake.  It was such a gorgeous day today - the weather was so much better than yesterday.  The lake looked gorgeous - it was all sparkly & blue & pretty.  (Yesterday it was more on the grey side!)  Anyway, I went on a run & then stopped at the Carousel restaurant for some poached eggs & a flat white.  (If you've been reading any of this blog you will know how obessesed I am with both of those). 

Then, I met up with Anita Poon's friend, Jonny, in Melbourne.  Anita worked with him in SF & Jonny had just moved out to Melbourne 6 months ago.

An awesome jumping pictures in Melbourne! Love this one.
  So funny that he lived in SF for 12 years and we just met each other in Melbourne!  Anyway, Jonny was a great tour guide & we pretty much walked all around Central Melbourne, checked out all the little alley-ways (I think they call them lanes or arades), went to the Queen Victoria market & pretty much laughed our way around town.  Such a fun day!  Oh and we also got our nails shined at one of those little booth-thingys in the mall.  It was hilarious - I had gone into the bathroom & when I came out Jonny was there getting his nails done.  They have this very special "system" that makes your nails super shiney.   For some reason, we ended up spending a lot of time chatting with the nail-people.  The girl I was talking to was leaving tomorrow for Christchurch to spend 5 weeks on the South Island of New Zealand!  So I gave her a ton of recommendations & then she ended up giving me a free nail-buffing thing!  I was so excited.
Jonny stuffing all that meat in his face.
  :)

Another particularly funny moment was when we were in the Queen Victoria Market looking at beetroot.  Jonny told me a very funny story about his scary experience the first time he ate beetroot.  I can still start cracking up just thinking about it. 

After walking around for awhile, we went back to one of the lanes/arcades/alleys & got a coffee & some food at the Brown Sugar Cafe.  There are all these tiny little cafes lining the streets - it's defintely a cool vibe.  And then after that - we walked around some more & then got a drink down by the river.   It was such a GORGEOUS day!  It SO felt like vacation sitting outside, along the river, in the sun, having a glass of wine. 

I think I had been suffereing from post-NZ-depression so it was great to have a day like today in Melbourne!!!  Thanks Jonny!  :)

Later that evening I went out to dinner with Steve & Naomi to Mecca Bah in the Docklands.

Jonny & me at the Brown Sugar Cafe.
  YUMMY mediterrean food.  And it was so fun to see another part of the city.  The Docklands are a new-ish area of town & it's all looks very modern, fancy-schancy, clean & bright.  There were also all these really cool art sculptures around.  Steve & Naomi told me that whenever there are new buildings in Melbourne, they are required to put some $$ towards artwork.  So cool. 

Very fun day exploring the city!  I think I'll do more of the same tomorrow - might go on a different running route, explore some of the museums, who knows....it's defintiely different to be in a large, very international city like this coming from New Zealand, but I really do love the feel of this city & I'm just going to embrace it.  :)

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Me in front of the Flinders St Sta…
Me in front of the Flinders St St…
An awesome jumping pictures in Mel…
An awesome jumping pictures in Me…
Jonny stuffing all that meat in hi…
Jonny stuffing all that meat in h…
Jonny & me at the Brown Sugar Cafe.
Jonny & me at the Brown Sugar Cafe.
Downtown Melbourne
Downtown Melbourne
Downtown Melbourne.
Downtown Melbourne.
Checking out one of the arcades.
Checking out one of the "arcades".
A police band!
A police band!
More of the police band.
More of the police band.
The police band was raising $ for …
The police band was raising $ for…
Jonny sitting in front of the libr…
Jonny sitting in front of the lib…
Im somewhere near the back behind…
I'm somewhere near the back behin…
The Queen Victoria Market!
The Queen Victoria Market!
More at the market - XX hot!
More at the market - XX hot!
Some more of the market.
Some more of the market.
What a meat market!
What a meat market!
Hello trout!
Hello trout!
Some cool looking eggplants.
Some cool looking eggplants.
Ah - beetroot!  Jonny told me a st…
Ah - beetroot! Jonny told me a s…
Jonny sifting through the garbage.…
Jonny sifting through the garbage…
Some cool inside shot.
Some cool inside shot.
Jonny stopped to get his nails don…
Jonny stopped to get his nails do…
Brown sugar cafe guy glaring at me.
Brown sugar cafe guy glaring at me.
Brown sugar cafe guy smiling at me.
Brown sugar cafe guy smiling at me.
More cool shots of downtown Melbou…
More cool shots of downtown Melbo…
Yes - the jumping picture!
Yes - the jumping picture!
Me at the Yarra river.
Me at the Yarra river.
Guess where?  CBD Melbourne.
Guess where? CBD Melbourne.
Random picture.
Random picture.
Give me some of those tots!!!
Give me some of those tots!!!
A shot from the restaurant along t…
A shot from the restaurant along …
Me back at Steve & Naomis on thei…
Me back at Steve & Naomi's on the…
funky statues in the docklands
funky statues in the docklands
Mecca Bah.  GREAT restaurant w/a b…
Mecca Bah. GREAT restaurant w/a …
Me standing in one of the statues …
Me standing in one of the statues…
Naomi & Steve & the statues.
Naomi & Steve & the statues.
Limonetto.  Yum - gelato!  But did…
Limonetto. Yum - gelato! But di…
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