More Art and Race Day

Trip Start Mar 11, 2014
Trip End Apr 05, 2014

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, March 16, 2014

The jet lag is subsiding and we are beginning to feel more fully adjusted to the time zone.  We grabbed our morning lattes from the 7-11 down the street (they need to get these latte machines at the convenient stores back home!) and then I headed to St. John's Lutheran Church which is nearly next door to our hotel.  It was a lovely service and I was warmly welcomed.  The sermon was intellectually stimulating and the organist,outstanding.

Once I got back, Dave and I decided to head into the city center to find a spot for lunch.  As I had been having a hard time finding a good spot for lunch in the last few days, I hoped he would bring me luck.  Heading through Federation Square, we found the Thai festival in full swing with lots of interesting sights, sounds and smells.  We chose to continue on and found James Squire's Brewhouse.  The housemade ale was better than the fish and chips, but all in all, not bad.  

From there, we strolled around, picked up some Starbucks and popped into the downtown location of the National Gallery of Victoria (there are TWO locations for this museum here in Melbourne!).  I think even Dave appreciated the interesting exhibits.  Some are whimsical - living room furnishings made out of cake and icing - while others are profound - giving voice to the stuggles of native Aboriginal people.  

We were finishing up our visit when we got a surprise phone call from Chris!  I am SO glad we managed to get thru to Verizon's help line last night on our new phone to get our old phones working. Otherwise, I'm sure we would have missed him.  He sounded tired, but GREAT and seems to be throwing himself into the rigorous infantry training.  It was a quick visit, but always so good to hear his voice.

From there we headed back to the hotel as it was getting close to time for Dave to head to the big Formula 1 race.  I had planned to relax around here, catch up on the blog and start a book before finding a spot for dinner, but feeling a bit lazy, so I've turned on the race.  I am by no means a fan, but the local story is that Daniel Ricciardo, an Australian, is hoping to do well.  So, we'll have to wait a few more laps and hear from Dave to get the first hand report.
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Lisa F. on

So happy you got to hear from Chris!!!!

Ann W on

Glad the phone worked and Chris got through. I love that you went to church.

Trish on

It is wonde.rful that you and Dave were able to get the call from Chris

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