This weekend we went down to Melbourne from Thursday night til Sunday, and had a really great time =) Our friends Phil and Beck (you might remember their wedding back in February) have moved down there for 12 months, and were kind enough to offer us a bed for the time we were there, and as a bonus we also got their fantastic company =D
We went down late Thursday evening, and had a nice smooth flight down and no delays (thanks Virgin Blue!). The taxi driver we got from the airport out to their apartment at Docklands was a funny guy, chatting almost the whole way about his broken gas/fuel gauge. I love Melbourne’s design and architecture, the big random spike things coming into the city from the Airport have no purpose what-so-ever except to look pretty, and I love that. I spent a lot of time just looking at the buildings, there’s so much variety in styles, materials and concepts, it’s fantastic. I wish we had more exciting architecture in Canberra. This is the interior of the Convention Centre:
Friday Phil and Beck had to work, JA and I met up with Miri-moo who was also down over our school holidays and had some lunch, then Miri and I went and hit the shops. We moseyed over to the DFO at Southbank and found a fantastic sale on at Metalicus, oh gosh we went a bit nuts! It was 30% off already marked down prices, I bought 7 items for $130. If that’s not the most amazing bargain, I don’t know what is.
Later we went to dinner with our hosts to a great Indian place by the water, and stuffed ourselves silly, it was SO YUMMY. I tried a beer. It was gross. I think I’ll stick to nice, healthy, natural thirst quenching water for now =)
We had brunch on Saturday and these tea sticks tickled me (and JA):
Saturday was Burton Day. After our yummy brunch, we went to the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI. Oh gosh. I said it in a Facebook status update and I’ll say it again: Tim Burton = Brilliant Genius. I luff him. I love his sketches, drawings, paintings, sculptures, ideas. His style is brilliant, so bright, so twisted, so inspiring. I could go on all day… I loved looking at his early drawings from art college, before he worked on any feature films. I bought the exhibition catalogue book from ACMI so I can enjoy it all again and again =) Of course there was no photography allowed inside (I respected this while others did not!), but here we are in the foyer, and the Bat Mobile:
After the exhibition the boys went home to watch the AFL grand final replay (yawn) and Beck and I wandered down to the Art Gallery and took in some more culture. There were portraits which were interesting (not really gob-smacking) but a nice little surprise was the designer collective we stumbled upon with famous chairs designed by the likes of Eames, Le Corbusier, Reitveld and more… I was almost squealing with delight! It was a treat to see these genuine pieces in real life all in one place =)
Afterward we trammed it back home, where the football was just finishing up the 1st quarter. I decided to go back downstairs (their apartment in on top of Harbourtown Shopping Plaza) and do some more shopping, and am so pleased with my many more Melbourne bargains that I acquired that day! We finished up the day with Nando’s for dinner and many hours of trashy TV which was great as always haha…
Sunday came too quickly and it was time to fly home again. Another good flight (I am not a good traveller at all, when I say “good”, I mean “at least I didn’t want to vomit the entire time”…) and we were back in rainy Canberra by 12.30pm.
Home, naps, then another adventure at Chloe’s house for the NRL final! I was going for the Dragons, but didn’t care enough to actually watch the game, so just hung out with my besties (Caz is down with Ashleigh again yayayay!) for the evening and had a good feed, it was fantastic. Bad quality pic care of my iPhone:
All in all a really great weekend! =D
6 days until I go back to work…