Melbourne I love you!

Melbourne I love you!

 Wander down Degraves street for great little shops, bars, street art and cafes. 

Wander down Degraves street for great little shops, bars, street art and cafes. 

I have shared my kōrero with you often. Part of my heart will always be in Melbourne, as the place where my whānau (family) live. My daughters, sister (her children/husband) and my mother are all Melbourne based, therefore I get back regularly. Not as often as I like but as much as my bank balance and busy life will allow. It's always fabulous and I come back to Aotearoa recharged and loved up, after spending time with family and friends. I spent most of my adult life there and although I miss it, Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) is my home. I am grateful for my friends, boyfriend and wonderful colleagues here. 

Often people ask me to recommend things to do in Melbourne so here is a a list of thing to do.

Galleries/Museums/Libraries

 Amphlett Lane for Chrissy of the Divinyls 

Amphlett Lane for Chrissy of the Divinyls 

  1. NGV (National Gallery Victoria) is an amazing art gallery. It is a must for lovers of art and it attracts major exhibitions for all over the world. 
  2. ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) - if you love media/film/TV this is the place for you. My mum used to volunteer here. This is where I saw Bowie is (twice) when the exhibition travelled from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition is now on at the Brooklyn Museum. I also went to see it in Barcelona! 
  3. The Melbourne Athenaeum Library is a beautiful little library with an eclectic collection
  4. SLV (State Library Victoria) incredible building, amazing collections, great book store and cafe. 
  5. Sticky Institute - zines, zines and more zines
  6. Street art - if in the CBD wander down laneways it is where all the best street art is to be found. Hosier Lane draws many instagrammers!

Fashion

  1. Wander down Degraves Street for quirky little shops, cafes and my favourite shoe shop Soul Devotion
  2. Pop down to Corky St Clair under Flinders Street Station. Kris is a jewellery maker and his work is wonderful. He also sells other makers' wonderful things. 
  3. St Catherine Arcade for Orbus clothing and incredible vintage stores
  4. Emporium for food and fashion
  5. Leonard Street Clothing (Gorgeous clothes) and
  6. Gun Shy Design (fabulous faux fur) - this is on my to do list. I haven't been yet but I follow the store and designer on instagram and I so want one of her coats.

Food & Drink

There are so many incredible places to eat and drink in Melbourne. It is hard to go wrong. But places I go back to include: 

  1. Hutong Dumpling (dumplings)
  2. Shanghai Street Dumpling & Mini Juicy Bun (more dumplings)
  3. Lucy Liu (cocktails) - a recommendation from my sister! I am going to try next time I go visit
  4. Supernormal (pricey but incredible) - lobster rolls! 
  5. Jimmy Grants (best chips ever)

Melbourne is a wonderful city. It dropped from 1st to 2nd on the world's most liveable city. Still number 2 is pretty darn awesome. It is a great place to visit. Enjoy! 

#MuseumHour

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‘The man with the child in his eyes’ – Childhood influences in work, play and performance

‘The man with the child in his eyes’ – Childhood influences in work, play and performance