Tuesday, April 17, 2012
My First Day Down Under
And off we went - on the tram to downtown Melbourne, off the tram down to the railway station, topped up the travel card, walked by the Yarra River, jumped on to the free city tram to Victoria Market to enjoy an array of deli delights, lovely cheeses, cooked meats, olives and tappas. Sushi hand rolls for lunch and then a browse around the fresh produce covered market where every vegetable and fruit that you could think of was there ready for our choosing. After squeezing several tomatoes Nadine picked the best and together with our bazil and spinach leaves, we headed back to the tram stop for our journey back to Port Melboune and a well deserved cuppa - this time chai tea! thinking about what I saw - Parliament Buildings, Art Galleries, Eureka Tower 89 stories high (apparently I am going up this and will stand on a glass platform called 'the edge' and look down to the street) eek! The beautiful gates in the photo are of the Australian mint - after all the lovely things I saw today, I may need an inside contact there.
When my feet had cooled down, we set off again to orientate myself with the Port Melbourne area where Sean and Nadine live. Its lovely - very much like Humewood but cleaner, newer and full of young, sporty professionals - Yes! I blend in naturally! The Spirit of Tasmania was sitting in the harbour - this daily ferry will take you across the Bass Straight to Tasmania in 12 hours and bring you back again. It was ablaze with lights as it swallowed up cars and passengers to ferry to the 'island of inspiration."
OK so now I know where I am and I know how to get to town, know how to ride the tram and have a pretty full tram card so I have no excuse but to go out tomorrow and explore ...after I have tidied my room! Goodnight xx