Okay, maybe describing it as NYC is being a little far-fetched, or maybe it's been way too long since we've had international travel, but nevertheless, it felt rather foreign doing a staycation on the "lower west side" of Melbourne CBD.
Those who know Melbourne city know that most of the nicer hotels are on the east side of the CBD, but when W Melbourne opened and I got the Melbourne Travel Voucher, I thought it would be a good idea to break the routine of parenthood at the point, and do something different. Millie was only 7 weeks at the time.
This is Millie's typical expression when outdoors.
Our last international travel before COVID hit was in September 2019, and we were in Bangkok.
Then at the end of January 2020 we had a mini vacay in South Australia, and things were certainly already getting scary then.
Then came the long, long months of lockdown, before things opened up again, and we rushed for a baby moon in Far North Queensland.
We did nothing that trip. It was glorious.
When Millie came along we were pretty much at home all day everyday, so we were eager to get out of the house and do something different.
Overnight parking is the biggest headache of a staycation in Melbourne city, I had to be creative and park the car on the street overnight and move it into an indoor carpark during that day, that was the cheapest option. However, it did give me time alone to do long walks in the city and take some pictures, something I don't get to do much as a new parent.
One of the best things about bringing a baby for a staycation in the city is that you don't have to pack up the car and move her into a car seat before finding a spot to park, moving her out, setting up the pram, etc. You just have to take the lift downstairs and you're there! Anyway, do enjoy these photos I took during the trip, all on film.