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Slumming it in Melbourne

sunny 22 °C

Face at Luna Park entrance

Face at Luna Park entrance

Well, we're sleeping in a brewery. A very nice one - the old Victoria Brewery on Victoria Pde, East Melbourne, which was converted to apartments about five years ago. Wotif had a good deal for 5 nights accommodation so we took it. Our serviced apartment is mostly surrounded by residential ones and it's fascinating to live the inner city urban lifestyle, even if just for a while.

People are obviously very comfortable with neighbours looking into their apartments. The floor to ceiling windows seldom have blinds drawn. We were waved to by some friendly 20-somethings this morning from the apartment across the alleyway. We waved back as if that was what you did! Love the astroturfed balconies too. They are only a few square metres, but one balcony near us is a mini-backyard: green plastic grass, a red outdoor furniture setting and a Weber. Very clever. Am I sounding like Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs?

Our first full day in Melbourne involved walking across Fitzroy Gardens, stopping at Captain Cook's Cottage, tramming it to Southgate, then catching a ferry to Scienceworks under the bridges across the Yarra. In the afternoon, we went to Luna Park at St Kilda 'just for fun'. Here are a few photos from there. Hope you're having fun too.
Mosaic at Luna Park

Mosaic at Luna Park

Posted by kecasumi 04:08 Archived in Australia

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Hi Carrie, It sounds like you are having a fantastic time. When we went to Melbourne for Christmas we stayed with Tim's brother in a warehouse conversion in Richmond which is very like where you are staying with full ceiling to floor windows and very inner city dwelling. I would be interested to find out what is cheap for 5 nights in Melbourne. Tell Susie and Michael to get used to puppies for when they stay with us and our german shepherd/dingo is there for them to play with.Lee

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