Melb Moment

This post was drafted on 13/09/2016

In all honesty, I had just spent the past few days loosely drafting a post about the qualms of seating  requests on an aircraft when it dawned upon me that a) no one really cares and b) I completely forgot to share our little trip to Melbourne and all of the food that was consumed…and now, I am off on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Melbourne AGAIN because my sister from another mister, Jane, has a multi-sector layover and will be there for two days starting tomorrow. As will I!

The infamous "Taylor Smith" mural in Hosier lane

The infamous “Taylor Smith” mural in Hosier lane

So here is a little summary of mine and James’ mini break to Melbourne. Basically, before we left, it was lots of rushing to/from the airport for me (as I had work, a hair appointment and am a general stress head*)  and then once we got there, it was straight onto sand VOILA! Let’t just say I am the best short girlfriend a tall guy could ask for! He had the best seat in the house 😉

So off we went, in our separate cabins, to Melbourne where he dined on Neil Perry’s specially crafted Beef Goyoza and watched The Heart of the Sea with Dolby surround inflight headphones and I was in economy munching on chicken cous cous salad and a mars bar! Luckily I am a good sport, tiny, and the gentlemen who I sat next to was actually a good customer of ours and we had many a great conversation! Also I am not one to complain as staff travel is the best invention since air travel in general.

The city from Southbank by night

The city from Southbank by night

After we landed, we caught an Uber black which I stupidly confused with Uber x (idiot) so after our ride that cost 50 million dollars and the promise of my first born child, we were dropped at the Crown Metropol. This is where our first night was spent, due to an early arrival and our apartment not being ready yet. We were trying to find the Fish and Chippery, but it had closed for the evening so we settled on some gourmet seafood instead, as this was the only restaurant at the Crown that was still serving dinner on a Tuesday night. I’d also like to add that the burgers that we had planned on eating cost approximately $15 and the meal that we ended up consuming costed well over $100 (and the promise of my second born child). In the spirit of being on holiday, all caution was thrown to the wind (and lots of money out the window) and we had a lovely evening, which was complete with a cup of tea in our over-priced-but-completely-necessary Crown bathrobes.

Selfies that accompanied said bathrobes and tea nicely

Selfies that accompanied said bathrobes and tea nicely

Happy to be on holidays!

Happy to be on holidays!

The next day, we dragged ourselves out of bed (how I flew for a living is beyond me. The human body is an amazing machine! I was so tired after my 2am wake up, working all day then flying all afternoon that only an IV filled with coffee (or bacon) was going to perk me up. James has and never will be a morning person, so this was usual for him!) Anyway, we meandered to Degreaves Lane for some breakfast. Meander is a stretch. We grumpily stomped from Southbank to the city in search of warmth, shelter and caffeine. Once all cravings had been managed and hanger levels were practically non existent, we made our way back to check out of our hotel and into our apartment.

Our apartment was perfect! Central, clean, cute and best of all…it had Netflix! Perfect for unwinding after long days of eating and shopping. My only concern was that the apartment had only courtyard facing windows. This wouldn’t have been a problem, but the sun barely made an appliance the whole time we were there, and therefore we woke up to darkness every day, which made us feel as though we were perennially hungover. We weren’t. Not every day anyway! If you are looking or a place to stay, check out Rob’s Apartment!

Part of our charming little apartment!

Part of our charming little apartment!

I love all of these quirky lane ways in Melbourne!

I love all of these quirky lane ways in Melbourne!

The Yarra River with a bit of blue sky!

The Yarra River with a bit of blue sky!

My Mr Simple loved 'Mr Simple"!

My Mr Simple loved ‘Mr Simple”!

Consequently, every day that followed was spent exploring, shopping, eating, and taking photos (mostly captured by me. I am very dilligent/ irritating like that!) Highlights include Jimmy Grant’s, Donut Time, Bowery to Williamsburg, Munich Brauhaus, Milk the Cow and The Ducthess!

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My HALF pork knuckle with sauerkraut and mash from Munich Brauhaus

My HALF pork knuckle with sauerkraut and mash from Munich Brauhaus

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The best burger of my life to date- with the best date!

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Waiting for a mate! (just kidding- actually waiting for the tram to St Kilda

Waiting for a mate! (just kidding- actually waiting for the tram to St Kilda

The Iconic Flinder's Street Station

The Iconic Flinders Street Station

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All rugged up and ready to go (with a giant Starbucks!)

Sunny yet freezing St Kilda

Sunny yet freezing St Kilda

Told you it was cold!

Told you it was cold!

My "Please take a nice one for my blog" photo ;)

My “Please take a nice one for my blog” photo 😉

$38 worth of artisan cheeses from Milk the Cow in St Kilda!

$38 worth of artisan cheeses from Milk the Cow in St Kilda!

Chicken Waffles with Maple Sauce!

Chicken Waffles with Maple Sauce!

The graffiti work at Jimmy Grant's

The graffiti work at Jimmy Grant’s

YUM!!

YUM!!

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A cute little reading exchange corner in Melbourne Central. If only I had bought my books :(

A cute little reading exchange corner in Melbourne Central. If only I had bought my books 😦

All in all, a perfect little break! Here are some pictures of our much needed mini holiday! In the lead up to going away, I had been working more than usual, and James was swamped with uni, work and hockey committments. (As often is the case with life). It was really nice to just get away and switch off from reality for a little bit. Sometimes that’s all you need to recharge your batteries (love or otherwise) and get back on with it when you return home 🙂

Coming up next are more pictures and a post about planning another exciting trip for just over a month away! (and more posts about work too, as my own personal form of customer service orientated therapy!)

Happy Reading, Flying and Trying!

Taylor

*I am also more of a stress head now due to the the blood thinning injections that I must administer to myself before every flight. Since I developed a DVT earlier this year, it is a necessary precaution to ensure my blood doesn’t clot in flight and cause another DVT, or worse case scenario, lead to a blockage in my lungs or heart. I must inject myself before boarding (a bit tricky when on standby) and 24 hours after arrival. I have gotten used to this now, and it doesn’t really hurt…but it is a bit different to the pre-flight routine that I was previously accustomed to!

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