Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Well, I have just returned from a fabulous 4 days in Melbourne.  We left early Friday morning and I crawled into bed at 3.30am this morning. Yawn! So that meant 4 very full days of shopping, eating, drinking and sightseeing. I lived close to Melbourne back in 1991 and spent a lot of time in the city, so I was looking forward to going back.  However, it has changed immensely and there has been a ton of development.  I didn't recognise some parts of the city, but other parts haven't changed at all.

 On Sunday we went to St Kilda on the tram. Trams are such a great way to get around Melbourne and we caught the tram just about everywhere. St Kilda is a fabulous wee seaside suburb about 15-20 minutes from the CBD. It that used to be famous for its red light district that developed after the war and then it developed a slightly alternative lifestyle with many bohemians and artists living there.  In the 1990s, as more and more people decided it was a great place to live due to its proximity to the sea and the CBD, the image of St Kilda changed and the lower socio-economic group was pushed out. It has lots of fabulous old buildings and architecture and I had fun wandering around exploring.  It is well known for its markets on a Sunday there and I managed to find some lovely gifts for family back home.

It was incredibly hot there. The temperature got to 31 degrees Celcius and the humidity was terrible.  I don't know how these people were managing to lie out and bake in the sun. 

Every day was hot with temps around 30 degrees C.  Here we are trying to keep cool in the shade of a tram stop!! It wasn't working.  

One of the little shopping lanes sprinkled throughout the CBD.  I spent lots of time shopping. Managed to find Material Obsession One and Two by Sarah and Kathy at a great price. These books were on my Xmas wish list so I bought myself an early Xmas present! Also managed to pick up some quilting mags that I have never seen in NZ and the latest edition of Australian Homespun.   Didn't come across any quilting shops though, which really didn't matter as there was so much else to look at.

Anyway, back to work and reality tomorrow...sigh

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