Location:Melbourne and Anakie
What We Did:
When dad is away, all mom wants is a good cup of coffee and a cosy blanket. But kids will be kids, so off we went on another adventure…. hurry mom, before they turned themselves into little monsters.
The day was packed with action! An early morning prep before hitting the road to Anakie. Snacks, check, ipad, check, sanity, check!
Anakie town is home to this well-hidden secret, the Fairy Park. Totally worth the 1 hr drive. A place to explore and to learn all about the Grim brother’s fantastic stories. The Park is full of surprises, in each step, a world of fantasy. Great for parents there are craving for culture and storytelling without the forsaken commercialized world of Disney. All handmade miniature doll houses and animated characters that told their own stories with a push of a bottom. Gali danced to Puff the Magic Dragon song at least 10 times. Raquel went in search of Rapunzel’s tower. All with astonishing views of vineyards and farmlands. This place was such a win! And we all loved it.
Back in Melbourne CBD, mom drove for at least 20 minutes around the Melbourne Aquarium, to find herself cursing the traffic. Good thing we were driving this awesome Ford Mondeo, which made the ride much smoother. Brazilians and traffic don’t go well together.
We finally find parking across from the Melbourne Aquarium. It would have cost us over $70 to park if it wasn’t for the discount parking offered by the Aquarium lovely team. $20 flat. Which for Melbourne CBD is a bargain!
The Aquarium was quite a lovely place, after a hunger meltdown, we found ourselves at the cafeteria for lunch. Thank God for chicken nuggets!
Galileo goes absolutely nuts for animals and sea creatures astonish him as much as aliens would us.
Raquel is proud to explain to Amy everything she knows about the sea and its inhabitants. She is a self-proclaimed chatterbox. And youngest travel writer, off course!
What We Ate:
Fish and chips and chicken nuggets to the rescue. The Melbourne Aquarium Cafeteria has saved the day. As tension was getting high, even Mom and Amy were kind of grumpy. For the adults, the burgers hit the spot.
For dinner a very special treat. We head to St. Kilda to add some gourmet to our lives. The kids behaved very well. I guess they are starting to acquire a taste for the good stuff!
At Araliya we enjoyed crab in toasted coconut, rum all wrapped in betel leaf. Fresh crumbed lamb patties, called lamb friccadells. Cause you want to freak out they are so good!
The Lamb was served with minted yoghurt to cut off the spice. Raquel is now eating spicy food, thanks to minted yoghurt and the folks at Araliya.
Raquel’s favourite: Duck Curry – Confit Duck with star anise, cinnamon, roasted pineapple and arrack. And no, I still don’t know what arrack means…but it all tasted really good.
Gali’s Favorite: everything we put in his mouth. This kid gives me nachas.
Nachas = is a Yiddish word meaning that you are happy and proud.
My Favourite Pictures Today
Where We Slept:
At our, Housesit in North Caulfield. Thank you for your lovely hospitality.
Check out how your kitchen looks like while Gali has one of his epic morning tantrums. The cereal bowl looked too green.
No good comes out from keeping a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old inside the house all day.
Life on the road can be much simpler than the everyday stresses of owning a business and working back home.
Trust your instincts, they are probably right!
The terrible twos are a walk in in the park compared to the terrible fives.
Whenever you feel like is time to give up an angel in the shape of a human falls from the sky and helps you. True story.
Mom is starting to get a hang on cooking. Raquel still prefers dad’s cooking.
Gali will sleep through the night if you give him two pillows, loads of stuffies and two blankets. A creature of comfort, just like mom.
Reflection of the Day
The Best Part:
Watching the kids go crazy for the sharks and penguins at the Aquarium.
Watching Raquel’s fascination for the stories told at Fairy Park.
Having an awesome meal at Araliya with Amy and the kids.
Mom is feeling blessed for our angels, Amy and Jaci. Who help us along the way with the kids and whom we will always remember and hold dear to our hearts.
And of course, Wine!
The Worst Part:
Tantrums, tantrums, tantrums. Everywhere, every day, for no reason, for some reason, for small reasons and big ones.
No chocolate in the cupboard! HELP!
Gali hitting his head against everything, everywhere. Glass doors, walls, caves, toys, stairs, tables.
We'll Always Remember
- Name: Jaci
- Favourite Place: The incredible golden space that is inside other people's heart
- I Love Travel Because: I don't ;)
- My Advice for Kids: Strengthen your nervous system. When discovering the feeling of true family, go forward.
- Name: Danielle
- Favourite Place: Queenstown - NZ and Edinburgh - Scotland
- I Love Travel Because: I like to meet new people and work in different places.
- My Advice for Kids: Always have fun and do what you want.
- Name: Ryan
- Favourite Place: La Morra - Italy
- I Love Travel Because: I like to meet new people and see how different and the same people are at the same time.
- My Advice for Kids: Try to see things from other people's position. Have empathy.
Today's Random Thing
A Note from Mom and Dad
Don’t’ sweat the small stuff. But what if they feel really big? Well, don’t panic and put into perspective. Is everyone healthy? Do we have a place to sleep? Food to eat? It sounds cliche, but when life hits… this is the real deal. Ah, if this road could talk.