It just so happens that many of the friends we have met whilst travelling are Melbournians so our stay here has felt like a home away from home with lots of days out, nights in, coffees and catch ups.
I have never experienced a coffee scene quite like Melbourne’s. It is treated like liquid gold and God forbid if you don’t like it. Milk and sugar are a no go, it contaminates the coffee and a cold drip is a daily must have for many Melbournians.
A big thank you to Eamon who got us box tickets to watch Melbourne vs Richmond at the MCG. I had no clue what was happening but loved the atmosphere and the fact that the pies at half time were in the shape of Australia.
We had the best time with Eamon and Yvette. Whilst on Brighton beach, we asked a lady to take our photo and it turned out she was quite the photofanatic – she put us in lots of different positions and we ended up with about thirty photos.
We stayed with Luke’s friend Owain and his wife Jen during our time here. Owain works in the wine industry so we were taken around lots of gorgeous vineyards and taught all about legs, noses and mouths. It was really interesting learning about how wines from certain regions have particular characteristics and how you would identify them as well as what differentiates a chardonnay from a sauvignon blanc or a shiraz from a merlot; don’t worry though, there won’t be any yuppy wine chat over dinner from me. Just give me glass of shiraz and I’m anybody’s.
This beautiful vineyard in the Yarra Valley also had a very interesting art collection that you could brood over whilst sipping on one of your favourites bouquets. Fancy.