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What to do in Melbourne

sunny 70 °F

20 April 2018

Sunshine and sleep are a great combination. Now, we needed to add food to the mix. We were told that the Brunswick Street area would be a great place to grab breakfast (brekkie). Out the front door and turn left, what could be easier...other than we actually needed to make one more left.
We ended up walking down Lygon Street, a nice area but not where we thought we were.

Asking for directions, we got headed in the right direction and ended up at a cute little creperie (Breizoz French Creperie) on Gertrude at Brunswick. My first Galette (buckwheat crepe) was delicious and it didn't hurt that our French waiter was very friendly and incredibly handsome (but I digress).

Morning Cappacino

Morning Cappacino

The crepe maker

The crepe maker


As we ate, we tried to decided what to do - loving museums as I do, I really wanted to go to the Melbourne Museum but it was such a lovely day (and we understand that that can change minute by minute) so we decided to take the 230pm Free Walking Tour. The tour meets in front of the State Library on Swanston Street - note there is also one at 1030am - check out their website. www.imfree.com.au

Melbourne State Library

Melbourne State Library


We had time to spare, so after we located the library, we wandered around Chinatown. Melbourne's CBD is very compact (we would come to find out it's history on our tour) and very multicultural...and young. Waiting for our tour to be begin, we found a bench which gave me a little "people watching" time.

Our tour started promptly at 230pm. There were about 60-70 people and two guides. We were split in two and we "ended up" with Desmond (only kidding Desmond - you did a great job). With frequent stops, our group wandered the streets of the CBD for about three hours. (Note: this is a WALKING tour - if you decide to do it - wear comfortable shoes. A few young ladies in heels started the tour but after a stop or two we never saw them again). Desmond lead his merry band from one end of the CBD to the other. We represented all ends of the earth. I think we were the only Yanks, and there were Canadians, Portuguese, French,Dutch, Asians, Italians, Aussies and even a lovely Irish lass from Kerry - a Rose no less. We hope to meet up when we're there in August.

Our free tour begins

Our free tour begins

Chinatown gate

Chinatown gate

Fountain in front of the Exhibition Hall

Fountain in front of the Exhibition Hall

Street Art - not graffiti

Street Art - not graffiti

Desmond (our tour guide) shares an uncommon resemblance to Ned Kelly

Desmond (our tour guide) shares an uncommon resemblance to Ned Kelly


The Notorious Ned Kelly

The Notorious Ned Kelly

More Street Art

More Street Art

Street Art on Dosier Lane

Street Art on Dosier Lane

I highly recommend this tour. We learned about the beginnings of the Melbourne area and a bit about Melbourne today. We saw the main thoroughfares and small laneways - new structures sprinkled alongside buildings dating back to the early 1800's.

By the end of the tour, Jim was hungry....really hungry which means "find food fast". We tried two different places that we had scoped out but it was a Friday night and there is also a Comedy Festival in town. We decided to head to Lygon St and stopped for Italian at The Spaghetteria. The evening was lovely so we ate in the sidewalk cafe area. Good food, good wine - after walking 25K+ steps we rewarded ourselves with gelato on the way back to our room.

Needless to say - we slept really well!!!!! Tomorrow is another day and we'll be ready for it.

Posted by pjburke 23:21 Archived in Australia Tagged french creperie breizoz Comments (4)

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