We had a wonderful weekend in Melbourne - as well as the weather being perfect. Flew over Friday and started the weekend with a sleep-in and a relaxing breakfast. Went off to Brunswick Street where, thanks to Jacinta and Rae, I spent a fortune at Zetta Florence.
Then we had a late lunch at Madame Sou Sou which was very good indeed. A chance to practise our French.
Then we went for a wander around the Docklands - that area is growing so fast - Melbourne is such a metropolitan place after Perth - imagine Perth allowing the freedom of all those tiny eateries down the lanes - we love the atmosphere. The city is so alive.
Then we went back to our room and watched the rugby - pleased to say the Hurricanes won on Friday night although we missed the game and only saw 10 minutes of it. They must be now on the up and up. Ian seems to think he will support the Blues this year - only because they are now on the top of the ladder!
Then we went off for the reason for going - to see and hear Nigel Kennedy - what a fantastic concert and worth every penny. I consider it a privilege to have heard Nigel once again. His playing and virtuosity just blows you away and his generosity to his orchestra something a bit special too. If I was in the orchestra playing with him I think it would be the highlight of my career. The Beethoven was superb and the encores and starters wonderful too. He did say that he was too old now to go on and off the stage so simply stayed and played us some more 'stuff'.
Yesterday we went to the Arts Centre Makers Markets and wandered around. There is a Wine and Food Festival all over Melbourne - the wine tasting was over in Southbank but too early in the morning for us. We went off to St Kilda and had a long lunch at Mirka at Tolarno
then we walked to the beach and to the end of the pier.
The plane was on time, the food edible and we got good seats up near the front where we like to be but never are. Grant met us at the airport and Ian's front lawn is looking better so all in all a wonderful weekend out. And it even seems to be cooler here.