Melbourne with the folks (Day Four)   Leave a comment

Monday, 24 February, 2014

Big day today! So up with the larks again and downstairs for swim before packing up and vacating the apartment by the allotted check out time. We’d parked the car overnight in the pay and display car park down the road from the apartment and we were soon on our way across town to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG or the ‘G’) for a tour around Melbourne’s biggest sporting venue. I had broached the idea with my dad a couple of days ago, as I knew that he would be thrilled to take a look inside the ground with all it’s history surrounding Australian cricket etc. however, he had told me that he wasn’t too bothered about going as it wouldn’t be that interesting of my mum. Anyway, when I returned from my morning swim, everything had changed and we were going to the ‘G’ after all, with mother saying that she would be more than happy to take a tour round the ground.

Inside the visitors centre we paid our money and joined a group of ten or so others who we’re waiting for the next tour to start. Our guide duly arrived at the stated time and after a few introductions, we were on our way down to the pitch level. Many of you will know that the MCG is not just a cricket ground, but also home to the Australian Rules Football League (AFL) which is played on the ground during the winter months. As the cricket season had just finished, the groundsmen were busy preparing the grass for the AFL season, where the teams that play at the ‘G’ regularly attract crowds of 65k and upwards. I think there are four or five Melbourne based teams that call the ground home and when they play each other the capacity of the ground is easily reached.

Next, we toured the dressing room area deep below the stands and then up to the press and media galleries up high above the pitch. We also took a look around the MCG library before finally moving onto the members stand with its impressive committee rooms and lounges complete with wood panelling and leather chairs. All the time we were kept fully informed with loads of interesting stories and facts about the ground by the excellent guide who we all thanked at the end of the tour.

Outside in one of the streets outside the MCG, we loaded up the address of Mike and Kath Atkins daughters home in the town of Altona just to the south-west of Melbourne and once the nice lady inside the iPad had instructed us to move off from our parking spot, we were on our way out of Melbourne CBD. Mike and Kath live down the Great Ocean Road in beautiful place called Apollo Bay and were up in Melbourne (at their daughter’s place in fact) to meet their old friends Alan and Mary Logan (my aunt and uncle), who had just flown into Melbourne from the UK the previous evening. The Atkins and Logan’s were friends back in Manchester in the days before Mike and Kath emigrated to Australia, but have kept in contact over the years, with each visiting each other on several occasions.

We found the house we were looking for without any problems, thankyou nice lady inside the iPad! and we’re welcomed into the huge house by Mike, Kath, Allan and Mary who had laid on lunch for the occasion. After a couple of hours chatting and finding out about Mike and Kath’s family in Australia it was time for us to leave for the airport and our journey back to Canberra.

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Posted February 24, 2014 by yermandownunder in Observations, Out and about, Travels

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