Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tourist in Australia - Day 20

Melbourne, Past and Present
Tuesday, 8 Nov 2016

After breakfast, we walked down Swanston St. a few blocks to the Queen Victoria Market, which my cousins highly recommend we visit. 

It was fascinating to see the old and the new along with different kinds of food and items from all over the world in one location. 

I found this fascinating Self Guided History Tour of the market. Check it out. 

The market is still going through upgrades in the next four years. 

We entered in the fresh fruit and vegetables section.

Eileen  points out the cut fresh pineapple.
I find a line at the popular American Doughnut Kitchen.

  Coconuts from Thailand.
We walk into the meat market where meat and world dishes are prepared.

We strolled into the next area of eateries. 
Herbs and Spice Mercantile 
Coffee shop
As we exited this giant market…Flowers on Therry St.

We walk out across the street to find another giant area of variety of sellers. Eileen found a nice wool lined jacket & I found a lovely pull over sweater cape. We were both freezing here as we were furthest south. “Melbourne has all four seasons in one day!” we were told. 

I find this map of the market wth future plans of upgrading this historical site by 2021. 

Interesting and much needed cap when you are out in the Outback! Keeps those flies away.

Had lunch in the food court. Signs of Christmas outside!

We walked down Elizabeth St. back to our hotel area to the free tram zone on La Troube St. that surrounds the city centre part of Melbourne.

We sit and enjoy the view of the city riding on the tram. One 10 minute stop was in front of the historical Parliament building. We stayed on back to our hotel area. 

We get off and walk back down Elizabeth St. to check out this London and American Supply Store that caught my eye earlier walking to the market. What was in here that they do not have in Oz?

It mostly had cookery items.

We walk back to hotel. See construction zone on our block. The entire south side was being torn down.  We rested for a bit and freshened up to go out again for dinner. Where to? 

We decided to go the opposite direction down Swanston St. There we are in front of a mall entrance. In we go to a several level mall right above the Central Melbourne train station.  

We walked around to the eatery for dinner at McDonalds. I was craving some American junk food. Ha ha. After I gave my order to the clerk, she asked my where I was from because of my “strange” accent. It through me off for just a bit then remembering where I was. I told her from the U.S. She was young & so cute.

Afterwards, we walked around and saw this wonder.

Inside this historical building was - along with a Men’s clothing store, R.M. Williams - a small museum giving the story of the Coop’s Shot Tower.

The local community fought in tearing this historical site down so they just built around it. 

Eileen found a free hug! 

Mary, Dermott, Eileen

We  walked back to our hotel & found Dermott in the lobby. We talked about our discoveries and asked for a photo with him. Eileen & I are both modeling our finds from Queen Victoria Market.

In the room, we packed to get everything ready for our departure back to Los Angeles the next day. Rested and found Australia’s version of Who Do You Think You Are? covering actor Jeremy Rush. 

We had a much smoother flight home on a less crowded Airbus A380. I  had a window seat with Eileen on the aisle. We took off at 11AM and landed into Los Angeles 6AM same day thanks to the International Date Line.  

Good to be back home.  
G’ Day, Australia! 
What a fantastic visit! I plan to return. 

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