Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hump Day Holidays: Melbourne

I never really got Melbourne.

Sure the shopping and the food is great, but what about the crazy weather? Not to mention the weird-arse turning rules when driving?

But on my recent stay in Melbourne for Nuffnang's Blogopolis, the city worked her magic.

My trip from start to finish was fab.

I started it by falling into the embrace of a warm cab, whose friendly driver made getting me to the conference venue in the shortest time possible a personal endeavour.

Then after a fab day talking blogs and meeting some of my favourite people, I walked back to my hotel whilst admiring a double rainbow over the Yarra.

My room, a last-minute Wotif mystery deal was the Melbourne Citigate Hotel, where the staff were friendly and the rooms were quiet, despite the fabulous location.

There was a small hiccup where a bunch of us jumped into a stinky cab, and the driver abandoned us at what appeared to be the middle of nowhere for the after-conference party.

Finally, after a few emergency calls and with the help of strangers we found our way to the venue on the banks of the Yarra.

Next morning, I had a few hours to wander the beguiling alleyways surrounding my hotel.

I was entranced by the food, the shops, the smells, the buzz and of course, the coffee.

And I cursed the fact that I had booked one night instead of two, and reluctantly made me way back to the airport. This time with a suicidal mini-bus driver who almost knocked down an old lady in his haste to get us to the airport in double-quick time.

Next time, I'll be staying longer.

Readers, when did a destination surprise you?

At Blogopolis, I once again became one of Kelley's biatches.  

Afternoon tea at blogopolis. Chocolate mousse to die for.

Rainbow ...

My room at the Citigate. With a big bed just for me. Sigh.

My room AFTER I'd been in it for a few hours!

Room with a view ...

Sunday morning. How I would have loved more time to explore ...

On your bike!

Street art 

Says it all really!


Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Use to live in Fitzroy as a teenager to me Melbourne really had nothing to offer me apart from Melbourne Goal where Ned Kelly was hanged. That was always good to check out.

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Sannah said...

I have always like Melbourne, never thought I would be living here, but I'm enjoying getting to know it. There are definitely some great spots.
The destination that surpised me was London. First time I went I was 20, and felt the description 'london is like a public toilet - you have to go there but you don't want to stay too long' fitted it quite well. Then we lived there about 3 years ago, in the south west london, and still didn't really take to it. then during my last week there, i stayed with a friend, who lived in a flat in one of the best central suburbs of london, and had a couple of days shopping and dining, and it was spectacular. she showed me what london could be at its best.
glad that you liked melbourne this time round :)

Jo @ Little Melbourne said...

Melbourne rocks, that's why we have a website all about the fun places to go for Families!

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One of my Hobby Blogs said...

I always wondered where they put those "mystery" wotif rooms! great pics! Glad you liked our Melb, that is what you are saying isn't it??? lol

Brooke, WhyGo Australia said...

Aw I love that Melbourne surprised you -- always a pleasure when a trip leaves you wanting more :)