Wee visit with Emma..

Trip Start Jul 08, 2009
Trip End Aug 03, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I flew to Melbourne for a quick pit stop and to see my friend Emma one last time.  She was a great hostess as usual.  I arrived on Sunday and we weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves or our time, we ended up just eating and drinking the days away..it was fabulous.

St. Kilda, Emma's suburb has a plethora of trendy, rustic, quirky, cosy, chilled bars, restaurants, cafes.   So we were never short of choice and of course Emma knew which ones to go to.  We started with brunch then went straight on to cakes.  Again St. Kilda, back in the day, like the 50s had loads of European immigrants fresh off the boat and became known for their tremendous cake shops.  There were 4 or 5 shops to choose from, all with countless array of sweets on display in their window.  And it was so gooooood, even though i dont have a huge sweet tooth.  Then we figured we had eaten enough, it was time to start drinking...so another one of emma's pub crawls, we went to 4 different bars i think.  We had a real lovely chin-wag and caught up properly.  It was really nice to be in the company of a great friend again and to reconnect and to have that outlet, someone to have a great conversation with, i find that rare.

Then the next day, Emma pulled hooky from work...yeehaw! What a great friend!  Our time is precious afterall...and we seemed to do similar, eat and drink.  We went for a stroll on a trendy street with cool shops, and then ate.  Then thanks for Emma, we went to a really cute, wee town called Sassafras aboot an hr away, to go to the precious english tea shop called Miss Marples where it was Christmas in July.  We indulged into the best scones, jam and cream i have ever had  with a wee pot of tea of course.  It was realllly lovely, it really was.  Then we entered the shop next door where the super-friendly shop worker just started shoving more food down us, with free samples of bread, jam, dips, ice cream..he was ever so pleasant and happy which just spread the joy to us.  I love it.  After a couple hours break of not eating, we proceeded to dinner to somewhere Emma actually had never been but came highly recommended.  A little old Italian diner that has been open for over 50 years.  It was grreat!  They do things old style, no menu, just a few things on a board, no tables, just a bar type thing, like a diner, they give you the food over the counter, shove it your face, no pretending or fanciness (you go there for the food and old charm) but still the Italians were nice enough especaily when they found oot it was our first time and had to explain how it worked...and the food was sooo good, best Lasagne ive ever had.  And then we proceeded to have some drinks at a nearby bar as the diner didn't serve booze....

So all in all...a fantastic visit!  Eating, and drinking with great company and conversation...it really was a nice change.  I really cherish my friends, it's a shame that they all live in various parts of the world and i dont see them nearly enough but the special thing is...is that when i do see them, it's like no time has passed and no distance has distanced us!  And Im fortunate enough to have special friends to miss...as i say bye to another one, for now.
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