All most Mama’s want at the end of the school holidays is for their kids to go back to school. Amiright?
Eeeeek. Talk about a confession.
What could possibly top that scenario? How about: being invited to Melbourne for an event on Monday 1st May – which just happened to be the first day back to school!?
I didn’t even realise the timing in terms of school holidays to be honest because I’m not that on top of my game. But I did realise that I’ve never been to Melbourne and what a perfect opportunity it would be for me to go for the weekend prior to the event and check it out proper. I got on the blower to my gal pal Melissa from The Best Nest and suggested “Girls’ Weekend!”. She was in. Of course she was. It was after all, a genius plan!
It came around quick. The holidays flew by and before I knew it, we were winging our way to Melbourne ready for a lot of eating, and maybe a bit of drinking and shopping. Having recently completed (or actually still completing) a totally over-spent massive home renovation, my husband had made several little comments in the lead up to me leaving to ensure I wasn’t planning to really do much shopping, so there went that plan! Of course to go and do zero shopping was a ridiculous expectation – I just didn’t really keep up with me mates!
Jordan from With the Whittakers ended up joining us for our girls’ weekend and it was perfect with three of us. We rented an AirBNB that was so great and just what we needed and enjoyed a wonderful three days together. In fact saying bye as we went to our own hotel rooms on Day 3 was a little sad – no one to talk to. haha.
One of my favourite things about having a social media account with a few dedicated followers is the wealth of information it affords me and the fact that so many of you offered up suggestions and recommendations of must-eats and must-dos while in Melbourne was so appreciated. I made a big long list of everything people had shared and ticked a few off the list. With just 3 days in the city, it was going to be impossible to see and try them all, so I did what I could.
The highlights of this trip for me were:
- Rooming with the girls and getting a chance to talk about everything – we covered all kinds of things from kids (of course), life, blogging life, growing up, men and everything in between. Both girls were easy as pie to hang out with and our dynamic worked wonderfully.
- Discovering the cutest little eatery called Humble Rays – but saddened that we only ate here on our last morning because I 100% would have returned to try more of their offerings as the menu was incredible and it was very reasonably priced.
- Having a really decent break from my kids. I love them more than I can tell you – just like you love yours I’m sure – but it was so nice to just be able to chill out, not to have my day dictated by the next snack preparation or someone wanting to touch me and demand things of me all day long.
- Finding a bloody great (and cheap) faux leather jacket. I’ve been on the hunt for forever.
There was so much to love about Melbourne. The laneways were amazing, the number of eateries and the number of Asian/fusion establishments was overwhelming. I had no idea how influenced their culture was in this sense. The streets were full of shoppers, tourists, locals and beggars. The number of people sleeping rough was surprising. And the music scene was impressive. Every restaurant, cafe, shop or department store had a banging collection of tunes spinning while we shopped, ate and relaxed. I was loving it.
I’m going to hone in on my favourite foodie experiences, as that was primarily what I was there for, so stay tuned and when I’m done with a few upcoming deadlines, I’ll put together the next in my planned Melbourne series of blog posts.
Thanks for following along with me on Instagram while I was gone.