IF YOU’RE reading this early Sunday morning, I’m about to board a plane home to North West Tasmania after four days in muggy, wet Melbourne. If you’re working on QantasLink this morning, apologies, that smell is eminating from MY suitcase. Need to invest in some more powerful deodorant, I think.
I’ll have a few posts this week about my trip, but some highlights were:
- The location of Medina Executive South Yarra couldn’t have been more perfect. It was actually a coincidence, but it ended up being close to EVERYTHING we needed to get to. I highly recommend it.
- We became so familiar with South Yarra as we drove around in our Ford, courtesy of Thrifty Car Rental, Ella began to notice familiar sights. The Bloke in The Shed introduced her to the Treasury Building and when seeing it a second time, she piped up with: “Look Dad, that’s the building that has treasure in it’’.
- DFO South Wharf was probably one of the better DFOs I’ve been to in Melbourne. I am the world’s worst shopper (Julian outdoes me in this department), but I still managed a pair of Guess jeans, some heels and too much clothing for the girls. Always the way.
- Meeting so many bloggers in one spot at the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch was truly fantastic, not to mention inspiring. It was nice to put some more real-life faces to pint-sized avatars. Although, once again, the main comment I received was: “you sound so much bigger on your blog’’. My only regret was not meeting everyone or spending more time with those I had brief chats with.
- And on the Bloggers Brunch, there were a few brands which really stood out for me. I’m hoping to introduce you to some of those over the next few weeks.
- There was so much rain at the Melbourne Zoo for our visit we noticed zoo staff building an ark. Despite the weather, an animal-loving one-year-old and four-year-old thoroughly enjoyed it. The highlight was the giraffes, because Ella really wants one as a pet. For The Bloke in The Shed and my brother it was this animal:
- A picnic dinner at the Royal Botanic Gardens with good food and even better company was a relaxing start to our trip. Ella and her new friend Bliss hit it off so well, you’d swear they’d been friends for years. You would be astounded to hear the type of adventures that await highly imaginative pre-schoolers in the gardens.
- I have fallen in love with the Prahran Market. I am seriously considering moving to Melbourne now. Ella was salivating as she eyed off all the olives. I’m ready to head back for a Caramalised fig and almond gelato.
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