Wednesday, December 30, 2009


The weather in Melbourne is a bit insane, jumping wildly in one day, and with highs leaping from 65F to 95F from day to day.  Day 5 was a hot one, and we enjoyed the hotel's rooftop pool on our last day in the city (for a little while, anyway) before heading out to a few other Australian locales.

The pool looks nice enough, but the hotel was a bit of a relic.

This is further evidenced by the furniture in the room.  Like something left over from the Ruthless People shoot.

We headed out to Sydney Road on the tram and grabbed lunch at A-1 Lebanese Bakery, another Anthony Bourdain favorite.

The freshest zatar bread I have ever tasted.

This chicken wrap was also delicious, and the beautiful pickled vegetables added a special flavor.

Sydney Road is the epicenter of Melbourne's thriving Lebanese community.

After lunch, our ride picked us up and we drove to the beach town of Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road about 2 hours south of the city.  We drove through farmland and national park made up of huge ancient Eucalyptus forests, and arrived in time for sunset at the beach.

The following morning, after a watermelon-lemon juice and some great coffee, we hit the beach.

Lorne reminded me of Marin County... hot, hot sun but a cool ocean breeze; huge trees; and lots of really relaxed surfers.  After some time on the beach we headed up into the forest to the Falls Festival.

1 comment:

  1. This looks AMAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!! Ruthless People hahahahah. That is a wild pool. Lebanese food sounds so good right now. So cool. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx