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ROAD TRIP DOWN MORNINGTON PENINSULA

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This year I want to spend more time exploring my own backyard. Travelling overseas is exhilaratingly fun, thrilling and new but there’s always something new to uncover in your own city and these days, I am increasingly more and more appreciative to call Melbourne home.

A trip Tom & I love doing is heading down to Mornington Peninsula for a day out with friends. We last went to go kayaking on the ocean in Portsea for Tom’s birthday and the time before we headed to Sorrento after spending a weekend in Point Lonsdale. But there’s always something new to do and earlier this week, Tom & I spent a weekend down by the coast again to explore the region with some new friends. This weekend couldn’t be possible without these special local businesses in the region so thank you to Peninsula Hot Springs, Happy Glamper, The Milbri, Lindenderry at Red Hill and MP Experience for our little getaway.

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Journeying to the Peninsula. Rolling vineyard hills to the left and open expanses to the right. I love this view and always entertain the idea of moving away from the city every time I’m surrounded by a place like this.

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Wearing: Sessun Summer Nana coat in navy | UNIQLO mohair blend sweater in pink | ASOS wide legged pants | Bared Shoes Chelsea boots in tan | Karen Walker x Happy Socks socks | Beanie from Hanoi’s old town night market in Vietnam

Checking in to our Happy Glamper tent at Capel Sound Foreshore. Glamping has always been something on the top of my bucket list and I was so excited for this. I love how these tents are so colourfully decorated, have a real mattress (Tom says this is not real camping!), rugs, board games and more.

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Afternoon rays shining on the entry to the magical world of Lindenderry. We visited for some wine tasting, lunch and an overnight stay. I don’t drink so Tom did wine tasting on my behalf – he absolutely loved the Pinot Gris & I’ll just go ahead and pretend I know what Pinot Gris is..

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Our home for a night, wish we could do this for many days more.

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Picture perfect grape crop. We have two baby grape vines at home but sadly they do not resemble anything like this.

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Amongst friends. We glamped next to the beach with Chris & Candice + Aisha & Travis. Definitely a couples weekend, ha!

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Inside our beautifully set up bell tent. Thanks Jessie for decking our home out in so much colour! Love the fun vibe of glamping amongst colour and more colour.

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Watching the blazing sun set from our tents. So magical it is to be camping right next to Tootgarook beach. We fell asleep and woke up to the sound of ocean waves. It’s the first time I’ve slept outdoors – this was the perfect introduction.

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Empty tightrope piers. I think all those tree poses from yoga is helping with the balance.

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Dinner at the Milbri, a new joint with the friendliest of staff

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Attempting to stargaze on a cloudy evening. Still magical nevertheless. Such a stark contrast to sleeping at home, I loved it.

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Peninsula Hot Springs moments before the crowd rushed in. We came here to watch the sunrise from the hilltop pool. Thank you Danielle of MP Experience for taking us here bright and early in the morning and to Jeni of Peninsula Hot Springs for giving us the hot springs all to ourselves. This place is heaps popular and soon filled up when the hot springs opened its doors for the day.

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Breakfast at the Spa Dreaming Centre cafe at the Peninsula Hot Springs. I’ve visited the hot springs before but never knew of this cafe. It’s definitely worth checking out if you head to their Spa Dreaming Centre! I had corn fritters with smoked salmon, avocado & poached egg. It was delicious and the most popular dish amongst us all.

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The wedding aisle at Lindenderry. I can see why this place makes for a popular wedding ceremony venue.

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Wearing: Sessun playsuit (coming soon) – dress with same print here

Our Lindenderry home for the night. The grounds here are massive – there’s a lake, tennis courts, beautiful walking paths and more. We stayed on the upper floor where there’s also a balcony to enjoy the view.

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Photography: Thomas Debono & I using Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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    nueyork
    April 5, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    This is too cute! I love going down to the Mornington Peninsula as well, it’s such a great place for exploring and a city break. I adore your photography as well, everything is just so vivid and full of life. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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      kisforkani
      April 6, 2016 at 1:11 PM

      Thanks! I’ve just realised my past two road trips to the area have both been in April. It’s so nice to visit right after peak school holidays season. You almost feel like you have it all to yourself (just)!

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    Мария Воротило
    April 6, 2016 at 4:27 AM

    Wonderful pictures! If I coud be in this place now…
    with ♥ by Masha | BRIGHT QUIETNESS

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      kisforkani
      April 6, 2016 at 1:12 PM

      Thanks!

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    Shannon V
    April 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    I don’t really understand the concept of camping (why not just stay in a hotel? lol) but it does make for a cute photoshoot & the place looks really nice. I agree with you about exploring places closer to home to. Just when you think you know everything about home, there’s always a new place you haven’t discovered yet waiting to be explored. Great photos. Thanks for sharing!

    TFM BLOG

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      Haha ! I get what you mean. Some people love camping (my boyfriend) and I kinda just love hotels (hello, bathroom!). But clamping was actually quite fun and was more of a in-between between camping and hotels. It’s one of those novel things you just feel like you gotta tick off, ya know? Anyway there’s so many beautiful places near home, I agree. I just went to Macedon Ranges recently and was surprised I had never been before!

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    Carina
    April 6, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    The trees and nature looks im in that place! Definitely takes glamping to the next level!

    x Carina

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      Thanks :)

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    Tatjana
    April 6, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Such an amazing photography Connie! Simply mesmerizing!
    Cheers,
    T.
    https://tbymallano.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/last-day-of-winter/

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      Thanks Tatjana :)

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    Tan Renee
    April 6, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    This is so beautiful Connie! Absolutely in love with nature’s beauty! x

    reneetan.com

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      Thanks ! Always in awe of nature’s wonders

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    zarajhon
    April 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    All pictures are amazing. In all pictures you are looking awesome.

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      Thanks :) X

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    Vickie Simons
    April 11, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    looks amazing – I love the tents! (that’s my sort of camping, lol)

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      Haha, me too! Never done real camping before, not sure if I am game just yet

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    Karen
    April 30, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Again, love your photos- looks amazing. I have major bag envy. Where is that pink handbag from, and the geometric weekend away bag? Thanks

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      kisforkani
      May 12, 2016 at 12:10 AM

      Hey! Sorry I forgot to tag, got carried away by the camping. Little pink (Actually beige!) bag is from Ferragamo and the geometric weekend bag is from Missha :)

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        Karen
        May 12, 2016 at 8:17 AM

        THanks!

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    Katrina Fernandez
    July 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    I really like all your photo and also the place! Fabulous!

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