Melbourne with the folks (Day One)   Leave a comment

Friday, 21 February, 2014

My parents have been to Australia a few times now, but have never been as far south as Melbourne, so as soon as I knew they were coming down under, I was on the internet arranging a trip for the three of us.

Therefore, at 04:30 this morning, I found my alarm going off and I was up getting ready to set off for the airport and the flight down to Melbourne. The flight itself was uneventful and upon landing, we decided to jump on the transfer bus which took us into the centre of town where we left the suitcase we brought with us in a left luggage locker at the train station and headed into the city centre to grab some breakfast. As the accommodation we had booked would be available until 4pm, we took a walk round the main shopping streets of the CBD where strangely the majority of the shops were not opening until 10am. At the bottom of all the shopping district is the old town hall and next to that is the Anglican St. Paul’s Cathedral. Unfortunately we thought it was a catholic cathedral and only realised our mistake when we were inside taking a look round. Still, mother lit a candle or two and we listened to the choir who were practising for an event later in the day. Outside, we found ourselves crossing over the road to Federation Square, the main hub of Melbourne, just as the lunch time trade was starting in the cafés, restaurants and bars that are dotted around it. After lunch we jumped on the City Circuit, which is a free tram service around the CBD provided by the council to show off the various tourist attractions to visitors.

When we had finished on the tram, we walked past Flinders Street Station, over the River Yarra and down onto the South Bank area. Whilst chatting over a beer or two (orange juice for mother) in one of the many bars in this area, we decided to carry on walking along the South Bank, past the Massive Crown Casino and see if we could gain access to the apartment a little early. We were in luck and were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful two bedroom apartment on the 24th floor of a block just behind the casino. My dad and I jumped on a tram back up to the station to fetch the suitcase, while mother had a well earned sleep.

It had already been a long day, but we still needed to eat, so after a quick change we walked over to the casino, had a quick look round the casino floor while looking for a suitable restaurant to eat in out of the many in there. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to stay in the casino, my bed was calling me, so after dinner we a headed back to the apartment.

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Posted February 21, 2014 by yermandownunder in Observations, Out and about, Travels

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