Day 8





What We Did:

Getting treated to a wonderful breakfast was a great way to start the day. Top Paddock Cafe was simply outstanding.  With our bellies full,  grocery shopping was a lot easier.  At Woolworths in South Yarra, we got all the essentials we’ve been needing the last week.  Dad went for a long drive to get a Britax Maxi Guard Pro in a suburb called Sunshine for Raquel’s long drive ahead, and then we walked across the road from the Oaks Southbank to get a higher perspective of the Melbourne.  88 floors up in the panoramic viewing floor of the Eureka Skydeck, including a stint in a glass cage that extends out of the building.  They call it the Edge, but we defer to Ron Burgundy who would call it a Glass Cage of Emotion.


What We Ate:

Blueberry and ricotta hotcakes, Tasmanian salmon, poached eggs and an amazing array of single origin coffees and fresh, cold-pressed juices. The kids had creamy scrambled eggs and toast which, judging by the empty plates, was exceptional.

Where We Ate:

My Favourite Pictures Today

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Where We Slept:

Oaks Southbank.  This morning, a car crashed through the lobby window.  Fortunately nobody was hurt, but it sure ruined Jenna the hotel manager’s day.  We’re getting used to the car elevator, although judging by Gali’s face, he’s still not convinced.


We Learned:

Mom learned not to try and be such a Brazilian coffee big shot and order a double espresso of the strongest coffee in the house.  She turned a shade of green, emptied her mouth cleansing glass of water into it, and our server graciously gave her an education.   Dad learned that Melbourne drivers are passive-aggressive:  following the rules in a calm manner, but with little patience or grace for fellow drivers.  We learned from Raquel that if an angry man yells at you for no reason, we’ll call him a Soggy Doggy (a popular toy at the moment).  We learned that our kids are not afraid of heights, just loud noises.    We learned there are some great deals to be had at Woolworths.  We learned that when cooking with just the basics, all you really need is salt and pepper.

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

Torn between an amazing breakfast, and the moment when the milky glass cage of the Eureka Skydeck Edge turned clear to reveal a city beneath our feet.

The Worst Part:

Dad:  Driving the M1 in rush hour traffic.  Mom:  Having both kids and needing the bathroom.  Raquel: When Mom put $2 into a moving toy car at the groceries mall and nothing happened.  Gali:  Walking into a glass door (twice).

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Diamond
  • Favourite Place: Uluru, hands down
  • I Love Travel Because: I love people culture and stories, it's a great avenue for bringing people together and creating communities
  • My Advice for Kids: Trust your intuition, let it guide you in life. If it feels right, it will put you on the path to joy and happiness

  Today's Random Thing

  A Note from Mom and Dad

Snacks snacks snacks…even if you’re going across the street.   Better to bring some crackers than buying an overpriced muffin.  Nothing like a long drive to help usher in a much-needed nap.   We didn’t stop to think if our kids are afraid of heights before we put them in a glass cage 88 stories above the ground.  Why would they be?   Eventually some form of survival instinct kicked in and Raquel wanted out, but she was more than happy to hang outside in a fenced-in patio with the city sprawled before her.  It was the sound effects that did Gali in.  That and his knack for walking into clear glass windows.  Our fault for dressing him in a Spiderman T-shirt.

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