Continuing Laura’s journey in Australia our next stop was Melbourne! We left sydney on a very wet day and arrived in Melbourne on a chilly but sure enough sunny morning. (ps Adrian writing i know its shit) We booked a cute little air bnb on flinders lane a few doors up from the infamous cumulus restaurant. It was on the ground floor but from the apartment it seemed we were on the third level looking down an alley. The place was so character filled; full of books and music that both Laura and I spent one night listening to all night long whilst it poured down rain (perfect) We did what every tourist does venture out through the city’s winding and secret laneways; degraves and central place to name a few.
Laura was astounded by the cute boutiques and the art that seemed to be littered around the city. We looked at drawings and paintings went to the NGV and shopped down all the streets I could think of that had the most interesting shops. A shop full of door knobs (which Laura purchased); a barber and an old english sailors shop owned by a northerner. Very cute indeed. I bought black boots from Jack London and boy did we eat.
Laura claimed to have eaten the best steak sandwich she has every had, had pesto pasta which she adored and we had amazing Asian infusion at Chin Chins (after having several drinks at Cumulus of course whilst perving on the hot bar tender which we both seem to have giggled about for hours on end)
It was freezing and it rained a lot but I don’t think a great trip to Melbourne would be a sunny one. We ended the trip by taking Laura to my favourite bar. Captains of Industry. Secreted down a dumpster filled laneway through an old wooden door up 2 flights of stairs and you find yourself in a charming old world yet decrepit cafe. Cute bartenders, unique fixtures and furniture and small stores of leather goods; mens apparel and a barber line the walls. I had a coffee whilst I grabbed Laura a cola. The best dam cola we have ever had named Fentiman’s. Seriously do try it.
It was such a great few days! stay tuned for the final update!