Our Melbourne Holiday
Our recent trip to Melbourne was booked to attend the wedding of our good friends, Jessa and Dandy. We also had the intention to relax and spend the holidays in probably one of the most beautiful cities we know. Fortunately, we did have a great 4-day holiday in Melbourne and despite the very very cold weather back then, we were able to enjoy and immerse in the city's cosmopolitan vibe.
Although we have a list of places and restaurants to visits, we were not able to follow it because of the weather. Unexpectedly, it was raining very hard when we arrived there on a Friday. Instead of going around the city, we decided to just spend it indoors. After having lunch, we quickly went to Federation Square for photos and spend most of the afternoon in the National Gallery of Victoria. Inside, Leon had a great time in the Laura Hall are playing and goofing around with other kids. We then went to South Melbourne and had an interesting coffee experience at St. Ali's Cafe.
Luckily, we had a relative in Melbourne who allowed us to stay in her place. (That helped us save a lot on accommodation cost!) Apart from letting us stay in her home, Tita Naty also toured us around Melbourne and introduced us to new friends and family members. It's always fun to meet new people and expand your network.
I spent the Saturday attending Jessa and Dan's wedding. I am always amazed on how catholic weddings are when they are held overseas. The church ceremony is somehow shorter but the reception was very very impressive. It was my first time to attend a wedding reception in a barn and it is the best! The reception was very intimate and the place is just so beautiful. Fire pits are provided to keep us warm, beers and drinks were heapingly served and the food was wonderful. Most importantly, the love and the happiness was sincerly felt.
Since it was already my second time in Melbourne, we did not really pressured ourselves to go to different places. So on Sunday, we spent most of the day meeting new family members and friends. Afterwards, we watched the sunset at Brighton Beach. The beach may look ordinary but the colorful houses (that costs $200-300,000 AUD) were an interesting sight. The beach was just instagrammable.
We were supposed to go to 12 apostles but since we were quite worried with Leon's health, (he had a cough during our trip), we dediced to postpone it and just visit the place next time. Usually, the weather in 12 apostles is a lot colder than the city - and we did not want to risk it Instead, on our last day, we just made a quick tour of the city - Grafiti Wall, Melbourne GPO, St. Paul's Cathedral and did a lot of eating in between. It's always tough to travel with a little kid but it made the experience all worthwhile.
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Of course no holiday is complete without a child throwing a tantrum every now and then. And as parents, dealing with them is part of the adventure.
xx, The Mommy Roves