A Weekend in plus a few days in Melbourne

Ordering the deep fried Durian

Last Thursday I jumped at the opportunity to spend a few days in Melbourne. Ian was down there for a conference so I followed him down on Thursday. I had a lovely couple of days browsing around the shops (didn’t buy much never do) and resting up in Rydges on Exhibition St (in Theatre District near Chinatown and few blocks from Bourke St Mall). Hotel was in a perfect location and I got the right rate which made for a good weekend. Ian joined me Friday afternoon and we headed to Chinatown for dinner. Surprise surprise we had Chinese although Japanese was in contention right up to the end. After a great meal Ian rounded off with a dessert of deep fried durian which had the waiters smiling because it is a very unusual fruit for a non- Asian to order, they were delighted that he actually liked it. A colleague of mine at work said you can actually buy them at most supermarkets but they are famous for being totally unsocial because they are so smelly.
The next couple of days we spent seeing the sights of Melbourne in glorious weather. Dinner at the hotel’s Locanda Steakhouse on Saturday night was excellent and most enjoyable. The rain began as we boarded our flight home – thank you Melbourne

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