Melbourne

Australia

Chris Alwin James

Thanks to a few friends, had a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of work life, and spend a weekend in Melbourne. Such a welcome break in such a beautiful city. :)

Yet to properly write up this post, but I'll let the pictures sit here for now. :)

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

A beautiful sunset to start off the weekend. :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Landed in Melbourne! Let the weekend begin! :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

It was our first time trying Airbnb as a service to find accomodation. And I have to admit we were quite plesantly surprised.

This was one of two places we got, where 4 of us stayed.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

And then it was a night out in the town. :)

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Stop one, Gazi! :D

An amazing Greek restaurant with a roof of clay pots! :)

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

One thing Melbourne is famous for, the amazing food! :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

And we also tried these Vodka Coffee shots.. Seriously a hit to the head!

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Souvlakakia!! :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Following our rather heavy dinner, we went out for a walk around this ever bustling town. Some seriously nice architecture here..

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Landed up at this really neat rooftop bar (10 grueling flight of stairs later..).

That's one thing noticed about Melbourne, there's a whole lot of these little neat and retro bars and places to hang out.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

The view from the second accomodation we got.. That was quite something. Not to mention this place was just next door to the Crown Casino.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

A great view, and awesome company. It was a great night. :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

The Next Morning

Up early, and out exploring.

The others slept in a bit after our long night, so I decided to go exploring this interesting city.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Honestly, the coolest places are in random alley ways, all over town. A spot of breakfast at The League of Honest Coffee.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Left hook turns... wat wat?

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Hosier Lane, the graffiti face of Melbourne.

Some seriously amazing pieces of art can be found here. And they change everyday! I visited here twice that day, and there was new art! :)

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Met up with the gang for brunch at Operator 25, this super cool brunch spot in town. Again, design, design and great design! :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

With the girls gone shopping, Keds, Ankit and I took the opportunity to see more of the city. First stop Victoria State Library.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Hosier Lane, round two!

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Watching the artists work their magic!

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

On Ankit's recommendation, we went to The Lui Bar, just as the sun started getting ready to set.

All I can say is.. What a view. :D

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Later that night, the whole gang regrouped and we went out for dinner. Unfortunately we weren't able to get seats at the restaurant we hoped to visit: Chinchin.

(Note to future-self: Go out early for dinner, especially if in groups. It's almost impossible to find seats after 7-8pm.)

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Fortunately we found another restaurant (in an alleyway) which had just enough space for us, and so we dined. :) And the rest of the night was partied away... :P

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

The last morning

After another crazy night, and getting back home at 5am, I was once again up and out early. We did have to check out by noon.

This morning's adventure involved getting some coffee to help wake up the others, and also hunt down some legendary 'Cronuts'. After waking up the others, Brinda mentioned that it'd be really nice to try these 'cronuts' which Melbourne is meant to be famous for. And so I set out.

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Long story short, I was unsuccessful in my quest to find these 'cronuts'. However a lot of people I met along the way kept mentioning that a donut truck at the Queen Victoria Markets was really worth a visit. And after a 30 minute walk, I reached.. And they weren't kidding that it's famous. There was a line of about 30 people when I got there!

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

Making yummy, fresh, jam-filled American donuts! Bought a pack of ten to take back to the others.. And they did not disappoint! :)

Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography
Melbourne Australia city exploring  by Chris A James Photography

It's been a great weekend :)


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