Things I Want to do in Melbourne

For anyone that didn’t know I live in Melbourne, Australia.

Now I love traveling and exploring different countries. I was also lucky enough to have a chance to do an epic Australian road trip. I didn’t get to visit everywhere in Australia that I wanted too but I was able to go to places like Coober Pedy and Alice Springs and they were amazing!

But what about Melbourne?

I’ve lived here my whole life and I feel like there are some pretty cool things to do in Melbourne.

These are a few things, I want to do or love to do in Melbourne.

Me absolute favourite place to visit is Mt. Dandenong. It is actually one of the prettiest and more relaxing places to go. I love going when I want to go for a refreshing hike to just to explore Olinda and Sassafrass. Fun fact its me dream to live there one day!

I also really want to visit the Melbourne Aquarium! I haven’t been for such a long time and really want to go back.

Another place I haven’t been in years in the Melbourne Museum! I really want to visit there some time this year.

A place I haven’t been yet in Melbourne that I want to visit in 2019 is the Redwood Forest in Warburton. I’ve seen so many gorgeous photos and have always wanted to go, hopefully 2019 is the year!

I do also want to do another Book Tour in Melbourne and visit some stores that I haven’t been to yet.

What are some places you want to visit in your city?

Atlantis Book Store, Oia, Santorini

I stumbled upon this bookstore in a facebook video listing the top 6 bookstores to visit around the world. Perfectly I saw it before I went to Greece, but after we’d already planned to go to Santorini. So on our second day in Santorini, off we went.

For we personally we were staying in Thira, so we jumped on the public bus which in near the centre of town and only costs €1.30. You can also drive if you hire a car, quad bike or a scooter or hike which I believe takes about 4 hours. I did consider hiking there BUT it had only been a few days since we’d completed the Somaria Gorge hike (which is 16km of rocky terrain) so I couldn’t convince George to hike there, although I’ve heard its incredible with amazing scenery.

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After a bus ride that took about 30-40 minutes, we walked around Oia with an idea of where the bookshop was but also looking around the other stores. Oia is such a beautiful town. There are amazing views of the Caldera – incredible at sunset – and everything is open quiet late, for example the bookstore was open until 12am!

The store front is BEAUTIFUL. Classic Santorini colours with a dash oh book lover. The vibrant yellow and blue really fits in with the vibe of Oia, although the addition of the books painted on the wall as well as books displayed at street level really draw any bibliophile in.

Inside is no exception. After walking down the stairs it feels as though you are entering a bookshop in the world of Harry Potter. There are sections for different languages including English, Spanish and Greek. Books are stacked to the ceiling in some places and there is even a ‘Philosophy Tower’. Honestly I was in heaven!

The store has a wide variety as well as a Young adult section, which I was really happy about but did not expect. They really are able use the small space they have well, and give most readers something they will enjoy.

Throughout the store we spotted first editions left, right and centre! Including first editions such as The Game of Thrones series, Peter Pan, To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye to name a few.

Overall it was an amazing bookstore to visit. I could of spent hours upon hours wandering the shelves. This is a bookstore I would recommend to anyone. From someone who isn’t an avid reader – my fiancee loved seeing all the first editions even though he doesn’t read as much as I do – to someone who loves books and reading.

One thing to note, would be to go early in the day. We got there just after opening – in July that was 10am –  and it was perfect, there were a few people but it wasn’t crowded. When we left – around 11:30am – it had started to fill out a little bit.

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Are there any bookstores you would recommend visiting? I would love to hear your bookstore suggestions in the comments!