Friday, 29 January 2016

Melbourne Holiday: The Pancake Parlour and Melbourne Museum

Monday on my little Melbourne holiday meant the last full day in Melbourne and it was bittersweet.  I adore my family and couldn't wait to get home to tell them about everything but I also never wanted to leave Melbourne!  It's one of my favourite places to be and I'd have no problems if I was told I had to live there.

For breakfast we went to The Pancake Parlour and I was keen!  I love pancakes and was looking forward to eating there!  We'd found where is was on a previous day when we were just walking around town so it didn't take us very long to get there. Because we had coupons we ended up getting a Short Stack which included 2 pancakes and then you got to select a topping.  I opted for whipped cream and also asked for some bacon which was yum!  I also picked up an orange juice as well because I felt like something other than water!

The pancakes were delicious and the staff were also amazing!  I nearly said they were delicious but no we're going to stick with amazing hahaha  I loved that you could partially see into the kitchen and see the meals being prepared!  I do wish we hadn't stuck to what was on offer with the coupons.  Sure they saved you money but it also really limited what you could buy and also I never really get to go to Melbourne and I can have normal pancakes any day at home so next time I'm there, I'm going to pay a bit extra and get something different!

After breakfast we had a look around a few stores and walked our breakfast off before going to get a free tram to the museum.  Free trams are great because you don't have to pay for them but it also means every other tourist is thinking this way so they do get a little squishy.  If you're not cool with people being in your personal space then the ride isn't the most comfortable.

It was a short walk from where the tram dropped us off to the museum and being a student who has studied architectural history, I was in awe walking around looking at the buildings.  They were just stunning.  There must have been a uni graduation ceremony happening because there were some students posing in front of the Royal Exhibition Building and I don't blame them!  Was an absolutely stunning backdrop!  Walking through the Carlton Gardens was also beautiful.  I love tree lined road and walking beneath the trees along the path was just so nice!

After taking just enough photos of the buildings we finally went into the museum and again managed to go to a place where a school would be also having a look around.  I was hoping that seeing as they were older than primary school kids, their manners would be a little bit better but I was wrong sadly.  It's just annoying sometimes, people can be annoying but you just have to grin and bear it.

Ever since I've been at uni, I have been a lover of museum and art galleries.  Might have something to do with my uni being right next to a museum and I'd go over there to whenever I had time to waste, but I do have a greater appreciation or art, artifacts, installations - I just love wandering through the spaces.  I've never been the biggest fans of dinosaurs, growing up, but it's interesting to stand beside the skeleton of them.  Like being up in the sky in a plane, you really see how small you are.  Some of their bones were nearly the size of me and I'm going, man I am TINY!  I don't know how I'd feel if scientists somehow manage to do their science stuff and bring dinosaurs to walk on earth again...  I personally liked looking to see what interesting shadows their skeletons could make!

As a book lover, Cole's Book Arcade was just magical and I spent quite a lot of time just admiring this bit of the museum.  I waited til everyone also left just so I could take a video to show mum!

The Milarri Garden Walk was such a nice area.  If you could smell what I was, oh my goodness it was amazing.  It was also nice to go to an area of the museum where no one else had ventured too yet and so I got to experience it all without any distractions.

I love rocks and minerals and was honestly devastated when the annoying message popped up on my phone saying that my phone had run out of memory!  My phone normally only wants to keep maybe 300 photos on a good day but for some reason, it was still going strong with nearly over a thousand photos and just as we got into the rocks and mineral part of the museum, I get that annoying message!  Well I deleted apps, messages, anything that was taking up space!  Mum said later on that I should have deleted music off my phone as well!  There was also a set of scales which told you how much you would weigh in gold, so I was like why not.  And apparently I'm worth $37,020.00 per kilo...


We had lunch at the museum as well and that was an interesting experience!  We got some vegetarian sushi and kept up our water drinking because when in Melbourne you just drink water, water and nothing other than water!  I do love me some sushi and was chuffed with myself that I'm not gagging or anything when I eat avocado however wasabi.  I have a bone to pick with you wasabi.  Why you feel like you need to look like a blob of avocado?  Because I saw what I thought was a nice dollop of avocado and so I was like right, time to eat this.  But was it avocado?  No, no it was not.  It was a massive dollop of wasabi.  Next few minutes were painful for me, funny for others, but I was not laughing!  Seriously wasabi, what did I ever do to you??!?!

Minus the wasabi incident, I really loved my time at the museum.  The building itself was incredible and I walked around looking at the details of the building, the materials, how it flowed, as well as what was on show.  If you're ever in Melbourne and have time to spare, I urge you to visit the museum!

We caught the free tram back and ended up going on a loop that the free tram takes.  Now it was a little cosy taking the tram in the morning but it was very squishy and hot and stinky on the way back.  I was barely on the seat and had someones butt in my face which was provided an interesting ride.  When the tram emptied, I moved to sit where there was a little breeze because I was uncomfortable and wanted some space!  And it was so nice!  Our little tram tour of Melbourne was nice and I regret not getting off to to the Melbourne Star!  I've seen it so many times and it's something which I wish I had actually just gone and seen even if it meant going on my own!

We have one last day of my little Melbourne holiday and then I have a blog post coming up on what I purchased and then that's it!  Going to be weird to not be writing out traveling and everything that I discovered and loved, think this means I'm going to have to save up some money and hop on a plane again!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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