Arriving in Melbourne we checked into the Tolarno Hotel very late!
See www.tolarno.com.au it is a great place! Art all over the place and mixed matched walls (our small bedroom has 6 different wall colors - from Mauve to Perwinkle Blue to Champagne and Olive Green) and on top a twin bed sized oil painting of a Flamenco Group over our queen sized bed! St Kilda (the area where our hotel is) is like the West Village before it got Starbucks & Co.! A bit grungy and upscale and very interesting!
Yesterday, Monika had a really bad Migrane attack and went to bed as soon as we checked in. Jakob then went downstairs and had the choice of three bars (within the hotel) and ordered a beer. Before the beer arrived he was entangled in a conversation with Michael and Richard - two family fathers who were "out on the town" for the night. They gave Jakob tons of details for going out in Melbourne, where to stop on our Great Ocean Road drive and general great tips on how to "spoil" Monika (as if Jakob needs any more hints ;-)).
On top, Michael gave Jakob short insight in the diversity of Aussie Beers while drinking wine himself.
Today, we spent our time walking around downtown and meeting Gabrielle for Lunch at a great Japanese Restaurant. Jakob met Gabrielle about 10 hours before he flew to Sydney in Hamburg, Germany - small world!!! Otherwise, just strolling, people watching and now internet cafe (with its unforgettable charm of formica table tops, chipped paint, bad reception TV in the background and yes, the neon lighting makes sitting here SSSOOOOOO romantic).
'til Sydney Mates,
Monika & Jakob