Melbourne (pron: mel – bin)

Yep, that’s right.  As soon as we arrived Down Under we were notified that if we are going to “fit in” we better pronounce Melbourne as Melbin.  So we do!  🙂

This was our first trip after getting back from the states. We were SO excited!!

Our first stop: The Qantas Lounge a.k.a. free drinks at the airport.  The absolute BEST way to start a vacation!

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We arrived in Melbourne late on Friday night.  We took an airport shuttle from the airport to the bus station in the Melbourne CBD and could tell just from our walk to our hotel that it was a pretty neat city.  The next day, we woke up to this view:

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It was SO AWESOME!

The majority of the time, we were just our own little tour guides in the city.  We went there not really knowing what we should do so we made it up ourselves!  Sometimes that makes for the best vacations, right?!

The main mode of public transportation in the city is their tram system.

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Some of them were super old, like the first one, but they had really new modern ones too.  My favorites were the older ones.  For some reason I thought they were just really neat!

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This is us on the free tram.  They had a tram that just looped the city.  You can hop on and off as often as you wish so we took it for a ride!

Here are some more random pics from around the city:

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The city was FILLED with these little alleys.  It seemed that every single alleyway between buildings was utilized in some way, either shops, restaurants, street music.  Really neat!

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This is kind of a weird picture but it’s of the Federation Square in the city.  I don’t have a picture of the entire area because it was HUGE!  Tons of steps and chairs were all around this open, bricked area.  There was a big TV that showed movies and commercials and other things going on in the city.  It was really neat and a perfect example of how the city caters to the tourists!

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This is just to the right of the picture above.  Everywhere you looked, there were the cables for the trams and every intersection looked like an electrical fire just waiting to happen!

I feel like it is this way in all the cities we’ve visited in Australia so far, but the architecture is really mixed.  They are old cities so they have the dated architecture which reminds me of some European city but right next to the old building there will be an ultra modern building – all glass and white and bright.  It’s really neat and definitely makes the cities very interesting!

We were told we had to see St. Kilda!  It was about a 45 minute tram ride outside of the city to the coast.  Everyone that told us to go was right!  It was so fun!  I love seeing public beaches and in Australia they all seem so legit! A bunch of adults hanging out with their friends, having a beer and taking in the rays!

We just happened to show up during an air show!

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I think the neatest part of St. Kilda were all the boats out on the water!  It was SO cool – there were hundreds!

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Lunch 🙂

More of the beach…I’m telling you – I love the look of a crowded beach!  And thanks to a nifty Instagram filter you might just mistake me for hanging out on the beach in 1973…

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The next day we woke up to boat races on the river outside of our hotel.

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And since we had taken in the most of what the city had to offer we decided it was the perfect time for both of us to visit our first aquarium!

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I think this little (huge) guy is at the bottom of the Lake of the Ozarks… *gag*

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Yes, those are sharks behind my little honey bun’s head…and now I’ve officially scared myself out of ever diving again. Whoops.

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The sting ray was legitimately the size of a VW Beetle.

Can you tell we were like kids in a candy store at the aquarium?!  It was a blast!

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We ended the day, before catching our flight back to Brissy taking in some of the best sushi in Melbourne!  It was my first experience with a Sushi Train! I know, sounds a bit *ahem* fishy 😉 …but all it is a moving platform. The sushi chef prepares each plate individually and puts them on the moving platform.  Everyone is lined up and when you see something you like you grab it and enjoy! So quick, so easy and not nearly as relaxing as one would think!  Since only one or two of an item come out at once someone might pick it up before it gets to you…yeah, I know.  Stressful and totally worth it!  😉

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A few hours later we boarded our flight back to our ‘home for now’!

Oh, and shout out to Qantas…your free cocktails on all domestic flights during the week is still a real treat!

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