You can create leaf graffiti on the fountain in Melbourne's City square, it's addictive.
Always a blinker
- A trip to the city - such a delight for we country mice.
- Easy cheap parking.
- The sparkling city skyline
- The meandering brown Yarra linking the country to the city.
- Elevators and escalators that still totally rock our children's socks
- Good coffee and delicious donuts and Danish overlooking the Yarra
- Edamame and Miso at Chocolate Buddha
- Lemon scented gum trees
- A sense of adventure
- Tall bells chiming in front of a beautiful tent
- Finding cheap tickets to Circus Oz on Ebay and then discovering those tickets were front and centre, the best in the house.
- Enjoying amazing stunts, acrobats, acting, costumes, magic and music. An excellent show that celebrated diversity and multiculturalism
- Green grassy hills, so perfect for rolling down
- Sunshine and clear skies in the middle of winter
- Happy healthy children, and parents, for a whole weekend
- Rainbows and double rainbows
- A golden sunset
- A Festival of Light
- Lanterns, beautifully made by children and given out for free
- A lantern dance to celebrate the winter solstice
- Sculpture, especially a gleaming metallic flying saucer
- Large paved surfaces and fake grass - a novel new play area for the kids
- Art, art and more art. Drawing on pictures in the gallery with textas (see next post).
- Free delicious lentil soup sipped near a campfire
- Big drums played loud and well
- A game of Carrom and enjoying the spirit of sharing with many cultures
- An amazing Melbourne event - The Light in Winter- one to be proud of
- A sleeping child
- A quiet moment
- Sushi trains and the joy they bring our children, the littlest devoured a whole bowl full of seaweed salad.
- Good wine.
- A lovely hotel - found after agonising over the bewildering array of choices. Lots of space and a comfy bed. You would not believe how hard it is to find a room for a family of five in the city.
- Waking to magnificent city views, a first for us. We always get the bargain rooms that look out onto carparks. We could see the sea and all the way to the hills of our home.
- A swim with all the Bowerbirds
- More good coffee and pastries - there was a lot of eating and a lot of walking.
- Royal Arcade, especially Babushkas, the smell of chocolate and the games and toy stores.
- The shot tower in Melbourne Central and a little vintage market lurking inside. There were even vintage clothes in Sportsgirl, real - old ones, who would have though the day would come?
- The strums of guitars and the sweet smell of donuts at the Vic Market. A visit to a pet store that has everything, from scorpions to hopping mice and Nemo.
- The free city circle tram arriving to rescue worn out feet and the kind man who smiled and was happy to share his seat.
- A 3.00pm lunch that sounded a little exotic for our children's palates, and was definitely a little late for their temperaments, but turned out to be perfect. The little Bowerbird said of the polenta chips "these are the best chips ever!" Great staff and a perfect end to the weekend at The Mess Hall.
I could really go on, such an indulgently good weekend.
Linking with Maxabella Loves 52 Weeks of Grateful
Happy 40th Birthday Stephen, glad I got to share it with you.