Thursday, January 31, 2008

Alannah Hill Shopping Mayhem

Beverly found out about an Alannah Hill factory outlet sale being held in Paddington, so Bev, Lise and I trouped off tonight to check out the sales.

The one thing I don't like about sales is that it removes the pleasant buying experience. Instead, you get girls competitive about grabbing things in their size. It's really shopping at its worst, but I can't resist a great bargain.

Here we are, emerged victorious from our excursion.

My buys below - I got the lot for $380. About 60 - 70% below retail cost on all items.





Monday, January 28, 2008

Melbourne Long Weekend - Day 3

We booked into our hotel - the Grand Hotel managed by Sofitel on Spencer/Flinders Sts. It's perfectly located, near the Google office and right near the shops, water and trams. It's a really lovely old school hotel, beautifully refurbished with modern amenities. We had a problem with our hot water, but they were extremely helpful so no complaints here!

Alec takes a look from the balcony.


Our awesome room.

Out and about. The giant purse is awesome.

The heritage-listed Shot Tower in the middle of the shopping centre.


Alec takes a break in Fitzroy Gardens.


The museum complex.


Hot Rod show at the museum complex.

Cars with amazing paint jobs.


On a tram!

All aboard!

At the Melbourne Aquarium.

I couldn't get this guy in focus, but he was super cute.

View of Melbourne from the aquarium.

Alec checks out a strange exhibit.

I don't remember what this was ...

Jellyfish ... ewwww.


Blubbery!

Japanese spider crab. Freaky!

Giant happy ray.


The fish viewing room. Cool!

We met Alice and Jamie for dinner at the 100 Mile Cafe. It serves only food that has been sourced within 100 miles.

This bread was yuuuum.





Alec's entree. No idea what is under that green stuff.

Alice's seafood spring rolls.

My entree - I don't remember what it was called, but it was full of vege stuff and had an amazing dressing.

My vege plate.

Alec's beef.

Jamie's vege dish.

"I'm not a tree hugger!"


Walking back to the hotel we saw all kinds of cool sculptures lit up around the city.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Melbourne Long Weekend - Day 2

A cruisy day in Ferntree Gully.

The adorable house in the bush where we stayed.

The Davies' old dog, Chicka - a half-cattle dog, half-dalmation mix.

We did the 1000 step walk in the Dandenongs, which was a beautiful walk down hill (ow my thighs!) through the bush - we saw a wallaby! - followed by about 760 steps back up. Not 1000 steps. Go figure.

The track going up the stairs is also called the Kokoda trail in memory. Along the track are several memorial markers with info about Kokoda. Really interesting stuff and a great idea.

It certainly felt like a long way!