Other thoughts of Melbourne before I forget:
1. I want to give a shout out to The Langham Melbourne. To be honest we only chose that hotel because it had a good rate for peak season ($275 per night including buffet breakfast) but I was pleasantly surprised.
* The location is fantastic (Southbank, I've been to Melbourne a few times but never realised there is a hotel behind all the restuarants)
* Whilst the "classic" look of the room is not my cup of tea design-wise, it is comfortable and less dated then I expected based on photos on their website
* The toiletaries box, so old school - a nice touch:
* There is an awesome spa pool with a view of the Melbourne skyline:
But the best thing about the hotel is the impeccable service. Everyone was attentive and helpful, and nothing is too big a problem. The reception desk remembered us when we asked them for a highchair (we're not a number). And when asked the guest relations manager about the location of the closest supermarket so we can get some yohgurt for The Little Guy, she offered to buy it for us!
In my opinion, their #1 ranking on tripadvisor is well deserved.
2. We had a stroll around the city on Monday and went into the National Gallery of Victoria, and I had a really good time.
* There is an interesting installation called Ocean without a shore by Bill Viola.
* I love Leonard French’s stained glass ceiling in the great hall:
* My only purchases in Melbourne were from the NGV gift shop. They're cute art supplies for The Little Guy.
Easy carry art studio. It's a portable all-in-one white board, drawing board and chalkboard. What a great idea!
Early start splash mat, to protect our carpet when he creates his masterpiece.
They're both available at eckersley's.
I always enjoy my visit to Melbourne. Maybe it's time to plan our next trip ...