Not so sunny Melbs
After nearly ten months we finally made it to Melbourne(!), which was originally going to be where we decided to live, but for some reason landed in Sydney and never left. But nevertheless we made it to Melbourne eventually.
As far as cities go it's a good one. It's not as picturesque as Sydney but it does make up for this with heaps of decent bars and good food. We arrived on Friday evening so naturally the first place we visited was a bar. Melbourne is pretty hipster and there is a joke that all their bars are left at the bins, down an alleyway and into the basement. Melbourne did not disappoint. The first bar we were taken to (Fall from Grace) was through another bar, out the back and through a bookshelf. Behind the bookshelf was an amazing speakeasy bar. After a swift one there we went into china town and filled up on dumplings before going left at the bins down the road to the next bar, Sister Bella.
The next day we were taken along the sea front (they do also have beaches there!), which we were surprised to see. Not as good as Sydney's beaches but hey, we're from England, so any beach that gets some sun is a winner. We were headed to St Kilda where we met up with some of our friends for brunch before heading back to theirs for a game of ping pong. After a quick walk through South Melbourne markets we headed over to the river and pitched up in a lovely cafe/bar called the Boat Builders where we spent the afternoon and met some more of our friends living in Melbourne. After a few drinks at the next bar, which was under a bridge, we made our way to the casino.
We spent a few hours watching the Aussie Rules Football game. Despite having a proper Australian explain it to us we are only slightly more clued in and still not remotely interested. Luckily the rugby was also on another screen. After an Elvis impersonator, more drinks and losing $20 on the roulette we decided to call it quits at the casino and head home.
On our final day we went our for another delicious and well needed brunch before meeting up with our friends again and taking a look around the Queen Victoria market. It's the biggest market in Melbourne and you can get some useful things there along with the usual tourist toot; fake Ugg boots, cuddly toy koalas and Australia hats. We just bought donuts. They were freshly made, warm and tasty.
Before we left to catch the plane back to Sydney I had to check out the H&M. It only opened in Melbourne a few months ago and the queues were around the block. It is the only one in Australia and I felt it would be rude not to have a look (and the queues have now subsided - thank goodness). It's in an amazing building but you won't be surprised to know, it's just like H&M in the UK and not all that exciting. By the time we got back we were well and truly exhausted, but we had an awesome weekend and will definitely be going back again soon.