Some of my fondest memories growing up were our school holiday trips to the city. We used to visit the Myer “kids” exhibitions, whether it be Barbie or Lego, have “all-you-can-eat” lunch at Pizza Hut on Bourke Street (sadly no longer there!) and visit the lolly bar located at the Lonsdale Street Myer, spending the $1 or $2 we had choosing lollies before the train trip back home to Frankston.
Now that I’m the Mum, I of course want to recreate these childhood memories for my children and teach them that we don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun and most importantly teach them to appreciate how lucky we are to live where we do!
So, last school holidays (while Stella was in creche) I took advantage of my “free of the two-year-old” day and took my big boy into the city for a day of discovering, shopping (!) and play. It was a great day and with Nana in tow we managed to snap the following photos which captured our trip to Melbourne perfectly.
We drive everywhere, so catching the train was exciting for Lenny!
First stop; Flinders Street Station, then a short walk across the road to Degraves Street.
Where we enjoyed an espresso and bubbachino while taking in the smells of freshly ground coffee and people watching in this bustling city lane way.
Next Stop; a leisurely stroll down Swanston Street before turning left into Bourke Street, stopping along the way to listen to the buskers and enjoy the street sculptures.
Next we popped into H&M for a quick squiz at the latest fashion and to take in the grand architecture of what used to be the Melbourne GPO (Lenny wasn’t too happy about having to go clothes shopping but soon lightened up once we found him a balloon and a “husband” chair!).
A quick stroll back up Bourke Street for an easy pit stop lunch at the Target Centre. I used to frequent this place in my Uni days, a small food court with a good selection of Asian & Western foods.
After refueling we walked back down Swanston Street and stopped in at St Pauls Cathedral. This is one of my favourite buildings in the city with it’s rich history and beautiful stain glass which captivates you as soon as you walk inside.
After St Pauls Cathedral we ventured into the stark contrast of Hosier Lane which was swarming with tourists giving peace signs in front of graffitied walls. The street art changes all the time in Hosier Lane so if you haven’t been before it’s worth revisiting to see the new pictures which are constantly changing.
Crossing over Flinders Street into Federation Square, Lenny enjoying looking at himself on the live feed big screen, we could have stayed longer there and visited ACMI (which I recommend doing if you have the time) but after spending longer than planned in H&M we promised Lenny we would visit Birrarung Marr Playground.
This playground is a little hidden treasure in the hustle bustle of the city. Walk down toward the river from Fed Square and continue walking along into Birrarung Marr to find a fun, free, urban playground for the kiddies to run around and let off some steam.
And before we knew it, it was time to walk back up the river towards Flinders Street station ready for the train ride back home.