Okay this is where this post might get a little dodgy for some or TMI for others, so read ahead at your own risk. Packing for a holiday usually involves packing pajamas. And as I was packing for this trip, I thoght no different and put in my favorite pair of pj's. And at about this exact time, Brad walked by. He calmly and very confidently told me that I would not be needing those this trip and to leave them at home. I thought about it for a second and realized that he was correct, there would not be any children crawling into our bed in the middle of the night due to some scary nightmare involving The Lord of the Rings films that I exsposed my kids to at way to early of an age! So I happily took out my night wear and stuck them back into the drawer. And as I was doing this Brad started walking away and jokingly said under his breathe, "let's just hope that there is not a fire alarm in the middle of the night." We both just chuckled. HaHaHa..... Fast forward to Melbourne. We landed about 10pm Melbourne time, which is 12pm New Zealand time. We were both quite knackered (tired not drunk) and decided to call it a night. We both crawl into bed wearing well.....nothing at all, because remember my cheeky husband requested that I leave my night wear at home. And of course as luck would have it, yep...you guessed it, the fire alarm goes off sometime in the middle of the night!! We both laid there in denial, like we did not hear this deaf defying alarm that was ringing in our ears. The thought of having to crawl out of bed shimmy back into my skinny jeans, find my top, and then put on my sweater, and then go stand outside until the problem was solved was too much to think about. So we did not, and luckily because we were somewhere other than the US we did not have to. The guy on the loud speaker came on and told the customers of the hotel that until the emergency was figured out that we could stay in our rooms! Really, there could be a huge fire burning somewhere, anywhere in the hotel, but until they figure just exactly what the problem is, we could just keep sleeping. Considering our attire we were quite happy with the decision and feel back asleep. Just another example of how life down here in the Southern Hemisphere is so laid back, maybe too much at times, but nonetheless, stress free!
Disclamer: All these shots were taken with our iphones. My good camera in being repaired, it was dropped in SE Asia and needed a little TLC.
|The Beautiful Public Library that was located right in the middle of the CBD.|
|The Yarra river with the city in the background.|
|Loved these arcades. Could not afford much, but good window shopping.|
|A good example of all the different architectural designs in the city. Modern mixed with 1980's and an 18th century church.|
|An alleyway that they turned into a bunch of great little Cafes.|
|Our breakfast choice.|
|The Rod Laver Stadium where the Australian Open is held.|
|Flinders train Station|
|I happily stumbled across this Tea house one afternoon and insisted that Brad bring me here for tea. One of the best requests I have ever made......|
|Beautiful Street Art|
|An alley where certain art clubs are allowed to paint different scenes every few months.|
|Bike ride along the Yarra River.|
|This is the town of St.Kilda which is a 15 Km bike ride from Melbourne.|
|Brad enjoying the view at the restaurant.|
We are happily back home, enjoying the spring weather, and looking forward to our Halloween party, and getting out our paddle boards. It is still weird to me that Halloween is in the Springtime! The kids only have 7 weeks of school left before summertime. Another strange one for us is Christmas in the summer! Still not use to it, so we plan on heading back to the chilly, arctic temperatures of the midwest and east coast for the holidays. I am really missing family so the dates could not come soon enough for me. And Dad I promise to wear pajama's in your house over the holidays, pinkie promise!!