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.
As we flew into Auckland, the country truly lived up to its Maori name ‘Aotearoa’ which translates to Land of the Long White Cloud.
Touch Down! And do we not have the coolest airport interior in the world?! As seen above!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our first stop was Combi located in Elwood.
Their menu is loaded with delicious smoothies and juices.
And good coffee too. Something Melbourne is very passionate about.
We placed our orders and stood in the warm morning sunshine whilst we we waited.
Coffees and juices in hand, we were now ready to face the day.
We wandered the streets of Elwood, popping into shops and bookstores along the way.
Next stop was Prahan. A very trendy part of town.
Walking the streets, you discover so many beautiful buildings!
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.
We hightailed it across the road into the store and fell in love with the interior and branding immediately.
We agonised for ages over which juices to choose.
And then we spotted the raw truffles, so those were quickly dropped into a brown paper bag.
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!
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.
We walked along Chapel Street, and decided it was time to turn our attention to another food based subject. Lunch.
Settling in at Yellow Bird Cafe, it was difficult to decide what to choose. Everything on the menu sounds so good.
I settled on a salad, which tasted as good as it looks.
Aimee with her sweetcorn fritters.
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.
To Be Continued.