I spent a fantastic weekend in Melbourne, staying in an apartment in Bourke Street with one of my dearest friends and although the weather was mostly overcast and wet we walked many city blocks in search of bargains. I love the cosmopolitan nature of Melbourne, plenty of Greek, Italian and Asian cuisine and a range of design (fashion, homewares, art) from the quirky to the trendy, plus the coffee was excellent. We didn’t make it to any of the galleries or museums, choosing to spend our time chatting over a bite to eat, exploring paper shops or admiring Chloe, a well known painting in a Melbourne pub. Being so close to Christmas, the Myer Christmas windows were a huge drawcard for families and tourists, we lined up with the rest of the to ooh and aah at Santa and listen to Guy Sebastian singing ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’.
Melbourne has been declared Australia’s most livable city a couple of times over the last few years as well as being quite popular with tourists that want a different experience than Sydney offers. I can understand why and with cheap flights that take only a couple of hours from Brisbane, I plan on returning someday soon.