Merci, Melbourne

Thursday, 26 April 2012





















I fly back home today, so this post is my fond farewell to Melbourne. I managed to squeeze in quite a bit of shopping, gallery and museum visiting, eating and coffee drinking in my little visit. A few of the highlights include ...

:: meeting the Publications Editor of The Australian Ballet and having the most decadent Italian hot chocolate with her at the NGV's beautiful tea-rooms :: wandering on every floor of the gallery I could fit into my schedule and soaking in all the art :: peeking into a ballet class at The Australian Ballet :: having an endless supply of great coffee at my disposal :: sharing a bed with a very pretty feline madame with the biggest blue eyes (my brother's cat, Simba) :: spending time with my brother in his swanky apartment by the sea :: the food, everywhere, you can't go wrong in Melbourne :: and the bookstores (need I say more?) ::

There were so many other highlights though, I really enjoyed myself - even if I did manage to get drenched by soggy Melbourne weather. I can't wait till my next visit Melbourne! I am however looking forward to catching up on all your blogs tomorrow. Thanks for all the Melbourne tips and emails, I really appreciated them.


Rambling Tart said...

Ohhh, it looks like you had such a wonderful time, Hila. :-) Hot chocolate? Cuddly cat? Bookstores? Art? Sigh, it sounds heavenly. :-)

Gracia said...

Looks like you had a great time here in Melbourne, fitting in as much as possible. It is always a nice feeling to see photos of somewhere I know well... that familiarity feels nice.

Look forward to seeing you next time when we are all a little less busy.

g xo

TC said...

:) sounds good esp gallery and museum visiting! more photos and stories about Melbourne, Hila! :)

rooth said...

Oh my, it's an overload of gorgeous photos Hila. I'm glad you had a wonderful time. And that cat has such soulful eyes

Teresa said...

Oh Melbourne! I really need to visit there again soon!

It looks like you had a wonderful time and I love your photos. Especially of the buildings. Very pretty and very Melbourne!

Have a safe trip home. :)

Stephanie said...

These images are beautiful! Looks like you had an amazing time...I could look through these photos all day!

Petra said...

great pics. looks like you had a fab time :)

louise said...

Sounds like you had a ball, sorry about all the rain, and sorry we didn't get to meet up. Looking forward to a hot chocolate with you when next you are in Melbourne.

etre-soi said...

uhhhmmm those cakes :)

Nit said...

Wow, the colors on that row of houses! And that's a wonderful Art Gallery.

Debie Grace said...

Oh, my! Melbourne is so pretty!

Laura said...

Melbourne is so pretty! I've never really seen many pictures of it, and I've never been anywhere near Australia, so it's lovely to get a little glimpse of it!

Jessica said...

Oh Hila I hope you told the Australian Ballet that their marketing is SO beautiful. I am a huge huge fan of it, and of Beyond Ballet which you get to write on you lucky duck. And thank you for these Melbourne pics!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Wow, this looks a very successful adventure. Italian hot chocolate in a tea room would be so nice right now... Lucky you.

hungryandfrozen said...

Your photos are incredible! Almost like paintings. I mean, I know there are some actual photos of paintings in there, I mean the other ones around those ones...glad to hear you had a good time in Melbourne, would love to get back over there again considering the last time I went was 1990 or 1991. Also, Simba is a beauty, love those big blue eyes.

Sally said...

Such pretty photos, I want to go! (and what a uniquely beautiful cat!)

Siubhan said...

I'm glad to hear you had a grand time. I don't think I've seen many photos of Melbourne before, but it looks amazing, so I can't imagine why not. I really like the buildings in the second picture, I've never seen anything like them before - so unusual. Also, that cat is incredible!

If Jane said...

great photos and glad to hear that you had a wonderful time!!!!

Jane Flanagan said...

Oh I've missed you! I'm glad to hear what a wonderful time you've had. I understand (think I relate) to how disorienting travel is... I always find myself spinning for week, though there's sometimes something pleasant in being disoriented like that. Anyway... hope you're relaxed and settling back xx

laura said...

nice shots and looks like you've had a great time in melbourne! i love that city!

laura said...

welcome back hila!! i have a lot of blogs to catch up still as well and i can't ever get myself keep up with everything these days.. looks like you've had an amazing time in melbourne, great shots!! i love that city too!

bronwyn said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. I love the first 2 photos. melbourne looks like a fairytale.

Sophia said...

I always enjoy to look at pictures from far and away lands and these images of Melbourne are beautiful!

megan said...

Such wonderful photos, Hila! So glad you enjoyed your trip. Have an excellent weekend. :)

Chuck said...

These pictures are so lovely. I would love to visit Melbourne (Australia full stop). X

Hila said...

Rambling Tart: I know, I wish I lived in Melbourne now. I'm a bit down to be back in Perth.

Gracia and Louise: I'm sorry we didn't manage to see each other this time round - I promise, next time. xo

TC: I'm afraid I was working too, so my stories may be dull.

Rooth: she is a little terror sometimes though.

Teresa, Debie and Laura: Melbourne is indeed very pretty and very photogenic.

Stephanie, Petra, If Jane, Sophia and Megan: Thank you!

etre-soi/Sofia: yes, they were quite delicious (at least the ones I tried).

Nit: those buildings were so pretty - they were actually shops.

Jessica: I love everything about the Australian Ballet, so I feel very lucky!

Denise: it was honestly the best hot chocolate I've ever had.

hungryandfrozen: aww, thanks! And yes, you should definitely visit.

Sally: she's a beauty, and she knows it :)

Siubhan: there are some pretty fantastic buildings in Melbourne, I love its character.

Jane: some of the disorientation was thoroughly pleasant as it took me out of my regular routine. But I could do without the airports, ugh.

Laura: oh I understand, I'm so busy too!

bronwyn: apart from the rain :)

Chuck: yes, do come to Australia.

Olga said...

You said there are lots of bookstores in Melbourne? Hmm, in Toronto, small bookstores are disappearing before our eyes. Excellent photos!

anabela / fieldguided said...

Melbourne looks like such a beautiful place. I really hope I can visit at some point in my life! I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

Ana said...

Your photos are beautiful Hila. I really would like to visit Melbourne... or any Australian city. Your country looks so interesting and I know so little about it.

However, thanks to you and other nice bloggers I've been following for quite some time now, I'm feeling everyday more compelled to learn a little bit more about Australia.


PS: Also, Simba... adorable!

Mary Lou (not really a pseudonym) said...

Melbourne sounds and looks so appealing!

Hila said...

Olga: I saw tons of them. Plus every second shop is a cafe. Melbourne is my kind of city.

Anabela: Thank you Anabela, I had a wonderful time! If you ever do make it to Australia, it would be lovely to meet you - I'll show you around :)

Ana: I think Australia is pretty fantastic. Although I think most places have their own charm. Yes, Simba is incredibly adorable, furry little thing.

Mary Lou: it is, the pictures don't lie :)