We just got back from spending Christmas and New Years in Melbourne with Nic’s family. The trip was filled with moments of joy and laughter, mostly while we were doing things that we hadn’t done in years. Things that reminded me of my childhood, that made me feel like a kid again, except that now I appreciate these moments in a way I never did when I was that young. We rode bikes to the Royal Botanical Gardens and wandered amongst the flowers. We lay on the grass and watched the clouds idle by. We flew kites with the family. All we needed was the blue sky, the green foliage, and a puff of wind.
This trip we also explored regions of Melbourne and outer-Melbourne that we hadn’t before. Lunch in St Kilda. The National Gallery of Victoria in South Bank. Wineries and cider in the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley. Spectacular views from the top of the Dandenong Ranges. We did it all.
And the food, oh the food. Christmas is a time of feasting for nearly everyone, and Nic’s family is no exception. There was course after course of deliciousness, on both Christmas day and New Years Eve. And plenty of champagne to toast with. Other days we met up with friends and drank our way through Hawthorn’s pubs, and on another night, though the trendiest bars in Fitzroy. We had pizza in Lygon Street with one of my lovely girlfriends. We raided the Queen Victoria Markets for cheese. And Nic embarked on a burger tour of Melbourne – his mission: to find the best vegetarian burger in the city. I’m not sure what his favourite was, but mine was the tofu burger at Huxtaburger – a chain where all the burgers are named after members of the Huxtable family from the Cosby Show. You can see more pictures of our exploits on Nic’s instagram account.
I hope you all had a lovely holiday period – I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s updates on their blogs. I promise to try to post again soon! x