I don't know about everyone else ... but life in Middle Tennessee right now is reminding me much more of Rockefeller Center at Christmas time than the muggy honky tonks everyone expects. Sunday evening were were hit with a frigid cold front that left the us in a "State of Emergency" and everything in it's wake covered in nearly two inches of ice. Baby B and I finally made our way outside today and got a little human interaction, which was MUCH needed.
But now we're back at home, holed up in the apartment looking at the cold bleakness that is winter and wishing we were back in Melbourne. So, for today let's pretend we are!
And just like that, we're in city numero dos of the trip to the land down under. Catch up on the travel and our first city recap, Cairns and the second Cairns: Photodump here if you need to.
My absolute favorite city we visited on the trip. Such a great mix of awesome modern architecture, fancy canals and bridges that had a Chicago-esque feel, and one of the most awesome live renditions of Silent Night I've ever heard.
Tuesday, December 23
We landed in Melbourne on December 23 in the late afternoon and my child was being a HOLY TERROR. He was so tired and just completely over it, and it literally drove me to drink out of the mini bar in our room (that's acceptable right?). Although from this adorable picture, you would never guess this tiny sweet thing eating ice cream only a few hours earlier could ever be anything other than perfect. Ha!
Wednesday, December 24
The next morning we woke up and grabbed a quick coffee from the hotel at a place called Degani. Bennett opted for a blueberry muffin and couldn't have been more happy about it. After we had our caffeine fix we piled into a can and headed to Queen Victoria Market, the largest openaire market in Southern Hemisphere.
After our bellies were full we walked around, hit up some food truck donuts, shopped some of the local boutiques (shout out to Madame Proper and their ADORABLE little bags momma and I swooned over … and purchased, duh). Naturally, the boys tired out quickly and opted for a foot massage instead of shopping … some things never change (Look closely, Bennett laid on top of his daddy and snuggled him, cue heart melting).
And of course we had some sweet treats to top it off in the Oasis. Plus macaroons from The Cupcake Factory (not pictured) and I think they were some of the best I have ever had.
After the rooftop, we walked around a little more and grabbed a little sushi snack at one of those sushi carousels before Christmas Eve celebrations.
Thursday, December 25
We woke up early Christmas morning and exchanged very small love tokens before boarding the car with our mini Santa to head to Philip's Island.
Friday, December 26
Fun fact … McDonald's is called Macca's in Australia. WOAH. Mind Blown. After lunch we shopped along Bourke Street and took advantage of some Boxing Day deals. We checked out the Christmas Extravaganza at the hotel, and maybe took a tiny nap :).
Saturday we had an early flight and were headed to Sydney! Leg three of the trip is up next!