As we left the motel, it was raining, cold and windy. I had an umbrella to take, but decided against it as it would have been turned inside out by the wind. Plan B, wear the heavy duty coat with the hood. Good plan. It was a downright cold, windy day with intermittent rain showers. Bob was in shorts and a T-shirt. I asked him if he wanted to bring his coat. He said no. Oops.
When we arrived in the heart of downtown at Flinders Street Station, there was a sea of people out and about the city streets.
|Flinders Street Station|
When we exited the tram, a cold wind was blowing and Bob wanted to get out of it. I took some photos and we looked for a restaurant for lunch. The first place we checked, The Woolshed, was pretty darned expensive so we walked on. (And I snapped some more photos.)
Harbour Kitchen was our choice for lunch. The price was reasonable and the food was healthy. I had an open-face chicken sandwich with brie, avocado and cranberry. It came with a salad. Bob had an open-face turkey melt with avocado and cranberry.
The sun had come out and it was quite pleasant, so we hopped off the tram and walked across a bridge over the Yarra River to look at art and the city from a different perspective.
|Southbank area of downtown. Eureka Building on the left.|
|Art on a pedestrian bridge across the Yarra River.|
|Art on a building.|
|Th Eureka Building is art!|
|Arts Centre Melbourne|
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
|Royal Exhibition Building|
After our free Visitor Shuttle Tour, we set off on foot again. Here's what we saw:
|Beautiful Dutch elm trees for shade in summer, sun in winter.|
|Memorial to fallen soldiers of the Boer War.|
|Shrine of Remembrance framed by Bhutan cypress.|
|View of downtown from Shrine of Remembrance.|
|Shrine of Remembrance up close.|
|Many, many rowing clubs practicing on the Yarra River.|
|Photo shoot beginning.|
|New art during creation phase.|
|More colorful buildings downtown.|
Bob said Melbourne reminds him of Chicago because of all the architecture and the river which bisects the city. I said also because it's a windy city.
So ended our whirlwind tour of Melbourne. There is so much more to see--museums, gardens, plays, sculptures, other neighborhoods, more architecture. I don't know if we'll ever be back, but we gave it our best shot with the time we had available.
Tomorrow we have a 10-12 hour drive back to Sydney. Then Thursday we fly back to Honolulu. I may not write a blog for a day or two.
We've had an awesome vacation. Thank you, Bob, for my 60th birthday trip! I love you.
Travel Bug out.