So it’s been ten days since my last post- and I think, in the history of this blog, that’s the longest I’ve gone without a post since about 2009. I have a good reason, though, and if you’ve seen my Instagram/Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook you’ll know that I’ve been in hospital for exactly a week now. It was a sudden admission (as most of them are) due to cardiac strain, a low heart rate and low blood pressure due to a dangerously low weight. To say the least- this sucks- but I have had the week to stabilise everything and get me going on the path to health. If all things go well I hope to be out by the weekend, but I’ll keep you updated. Thank you for all the get-well wishes, it’s made my time here that little bit more bearable. ❤
Because I can’t really take photos of myself here in hospital, I’m throwing it back to May with a little city guide to Melbourne. Basically where I ate, wandered and shopped. Enjoy! You can see the full feature on the Shellys blog.
8:00 to 10:30
Wake up, get dressed, and head to the Queen Victoria markets. Open five days a week (Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday), it’s the place for organic produce and kitsch trinkets. Grab a freshly baked doughnut for now and a selection of olives and cheeses for later. You and your stomach won’t regret it.
10:30 to 11
Sit down and catch your breath at the Café Victoria. It’s right next to the markets and has a vintage, worn-in feel about it. Usually packed, but the chai latte is worth it. Trust me.
Two things must be done frequently throughout the day: wandering and admiring. Walking the streets is the best way to take in the iconic scenery. Stumble across a bookstore or two (The Book Grocer is a recommendation) and drool in front of store windows filled with garments you’ll never be able to afford. It’ll be romantic and Holly Golightly-esque.
Catch a tram to Federation Square for lunch. The local Melbourians despise it because it’s so busy, but there’s always something new to see. Catch an exhibit or a show, followed by a light lunch. You want to try everything the city has to offer, so don’t fill up on one thing.
You can’t visit without a browse on Bourke Street. It’s a tourist-y attraction, yes, but the place for shopping. One other thing: alleys and lanes are always a good idea. Not as creepy as you would think. Some of the best (and least tourist-y) shops and cafés can be found down alleyways. Hosier Lane, filled with ever-changing graffiti, is a great photo opportunity.
Take the tram trip to South Yarra. Slightly removed from the craziness of Bourke Street and inner city Melbourne, it boasts shops like Topshop, Gorman and- wait for it- the Lindt store. Have a macaroon and rock out to the DJ’s beats in Topshop.
6:00 to 9:00
Dinner time! Yes, you do end up eating most of the time you’re in Melbourne. I would probably go again just for the food. From South Yarra you can take a tram, since my recommendation is found in the heart of Little Italy- Cantina Napoletana. Authentic, Italian-speaking people serving authentic, Italian-tasting food. What more could you want?
But most importantly, don’t stick to a schedule like this one. Roam the streets, have an adventure, try new things. And then tell me all about it.