Monday, September 29, 2014

Melbourne Day 1

Travelled to Melbourne last week for a quick getaway. It was a well-deserved 4-night stay after striving hard in uni and work. I needed that break, so did my friends. Our initial plan of staying over for a full week ended up to be a shorter, sweeter escape.

But how I wished that we stayed for longer.


You know it's Melbourne when the streets are bustling with urban hoppers


First stop upon arrival was lunch on Saigon Pho, Lygon Street.





Best Pho I have had so far. The Pho we have in Adelaide are pretty good, but this one has mega win. The soup tastes sooooooo beefy (in a good way), but still refreshing and clear. The Vermicelli salad was also refreshing. Maybe because we were all very hungry, but the first meal in Melbourne was a win.

We stayed in an apartment on Lygon Street for 4 nights, of which I booked through Airbnb. Perfect location, I must say. The apartment is just a 15-20 minutes walk from the city, surrounded by busy Italian restaurants and ice-cream parlours. 


Great flavours in a cup.


Passed by the Old Melbourne Gaol when we commute by foot to the city every day



Mischievously visited the Melbourne State Library to annoy the quietly-reading/studying people.


Love the dome



I wanted to take a picture of the streets by standing in the middle of a crossing. Friend said I am crazy, I didn't have enough courage. But here's the outcome.



Doing the things a tourist should do


Every walk in Melbourne is an uphill climb :P



Chinatown


Tramlines



Hunger knocked on our stomach doors at 5.00pm, when we had our lunch not long ago.
Discovered the amazing Korean barbeque place called Changgo, which had no signboards whatsoever, but people waiting outside before the doors were open.




Adrenaline continues to invade our systems. Hungry at 8.30pm, settled for supper in another Korean restaurant, Mook Ji Bar. Before that we visited a dessert place called Max Brenner, but decided to give up over-priced chocolate desserts for Korean fried chicken and rice wine.





Day One, end.

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