Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

So, you are feeling tired, a little bit under the weather, and just want to chill out at home. But then, from out of the window you see brightness, sunshine and blue skies which have been in short order for the past couple of months. My lovely partner, Caroline, is starting a new job tomorrow so she also didn't want a big day out today and it was decided that we 'had' to get out and experience some sunshine, but not too far away.

We took a short drive to Port Melbourne which had all we needed. We started with a late breakfast at a great Italian cafe/restaurant on Bay Street called Ciao Cielo. All the food I've ever had from here has been great, and the staff are really friendly. The coffee is Ok, though there is a lot of competition across Melbourne, and I've had better. However, if Spanish churro's and rich dipping chocolate sauce do it for you, then Ciao Cielo can be totally recommended.
After food and drink (fruit toast and long black for me, berry pancakes and cappuccino for Caroline) it's a short walk down Bay Street to the bay. Depending on how you feel, you could turn right and head towards Middle Park and St. Kilda, or you could turn right and head towards Beacon Cove. We took a right and headed to Beacon Cove and beyond. The prominent feature is the ferry dock, especially if the Spirit of Tasmania is in port, but there are also interesting views across the bay towards West Melbourne. It was a bit windy down by the bay today so we didn't walk as far as we would have liked....and, of course, we were on a lazy Sunday afternoon stroll. Last year we walked to Port Melbourne from Elsternwick via Elwood and along the promenade which is about 9 or 10km.

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