Detour | Melbourne – Day 1 Part 1

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Leaving China, I was finally en route to New Zealand.  The second leg of the UK-NZ journey always takes FOREVER!  It feels like you’re flying over Australia for days.

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As we flew into Auckland, the country truly lived up to its Maori name ‘Aotearoa’ which translates to Land of the Long White Cloud.

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Touch Down!  And do we not have the coolest airport interior in the world?! As seen above!

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We also have the friendliest customs staff too. I was through the airport in record time and out into the arrivals hall to be greeted by this welcome home poster made by my niece and nephew.

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So, I was home in NZ, for two days.  But then Melbourne was on the agenda, and before I knew it, I was back at the airport with passport in hand, ready to fly out to see my friends for a few days.

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I hadn’t seen Dale, Aimee and Saskia for two years, and I walked out into the arrivals hall to Aimee and I in matching outfits.  This is not the first time it’s happened and it won’t be the last!

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Spending Friday night catching up over take out dinner, we were up early on Saturday, starting off the morning with some Christmas present exchanging.

Saskia decided that a marshmallow lollipop was a perfectly acceptable food group for breakfast before we head out to explore Melbourne for the day.

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Our first stop was Combi located in Elwood.

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Their menu is loaded with delicious smoothies and juices.

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And good coffee too.  Something Melbourne is very passionate about.

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We placed our orders and stood in the warm morning sunshine whilst we we waited.

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Coffees and juices in hand, we were now ready to face the day.

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We wandered the streets of Elwood, popping into shops and bookstores along the way.

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Next stop was Prahan. A very trendy part of town.

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Walking the streets, you discover so many beautiful buildings!

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And then we stumbled across Greene St Juice Co.  I have been following them on Instagram for some time, but had no idea where in Melbourne they were located.

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We hightailed it across the road into the store and fell in love with the interior and branding immediately.

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We agonised for ages over which juices to choose.

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And then we spotted the raw truffles, so those were quickly dropped into a brown paper bag.

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Saving the juices for later, we broke into the paper bag of raw truffle heaven and I can honestly say they were so unbelievably good I still have a craving for them!

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We can never get enough of looking at food, and so we made our way through the Prahan Markets, full of fresh produce, smoothies, cakes, and all manner of deliciousness.

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We walked along Chapel Street, and decided it was time to turn our attention to another food based subject.  Lunch.

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Settling in at Yellow Bird Cafe, it was difficult to decide what to choose.  Everything on the menu sounds so good.

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I settled on a salad, which tasted as good as it looks.

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Aimee with her sweetcorn fritters.

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Back to the train station, we head back to the house for a short sit down and to drop the smallest of our gang off with her babysitter for the evening.

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To Be Continued.

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