The Rain Sweeps In!

Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
Trip End Jun 17, 2012

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King Street Backpackers

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, February 25, 2012

In desperate need for food I headed to Queen Victoria Market - one of the best markets I've ever been to - so much fruit and veg, plus fresh/smoked/cooked meats and fish and some fabulous cheeses. Loaded with supplies for the next 5 days I staggered to the park where I commenced my early morning feast - including a really gorgeous apricot and almond soft cheese with fresh baguettes - and polishing off with fresh mango - yum.

Visited the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre - a mixture of history and art - all run by the Aboriginals. Later, took the City Circle Tram to the new Waterfront City - just restaurants and a shopping mall - but they're in mid-build of another 'Eye' which was interesting to see. Took the  Shuttle City Bus over to Fitzroy Gardens to, you've guessed it - take a quick nap!

After stuffing down Sunday pancakes at the hostel I took a tram to St Kilda Beach - sandy beach and a parade of shops with Sunday craft market which was all bright and twinkly. They have a Luna Park with a massive clown face that you walk through at the entrance which was cool - it has a really old traditional roller coaster. Then over to the Cutani Gardens to relax a little... 

Cooked some kangaroo - marinated in a plum sauce - all rather good  - bit like game - better rare - will be trying out some more during my travels! :)

Checked out both the art museums (NGV Int & The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia) - very interesting paintings, sculptures etc. and some bizarre building architecture - the perfect thing to do when the weather changes - and it pours with rain all day! Even hit the Old Treasury, and had a tour round The Royal Exhibition Building - although it's big you only see 10% of the original size - some really nice paintings on the walls and up in the dome.

Spent the day mostly in the park - floral clock, fountains, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (outdoor gig venue), Government House and the Shrine of Remembrance - had a tour of this strange pyramid place with internal steps and corridors and balcony with fabulous view into the city. On Remembrance Day a shaft of light (through the 'pyramid' wall) hits the engraved stone slab - precisely on the word 'love' in memory of all the folk lost during the wars. The Melbourne Botanical Gardens (also within the park) were very restful - the lakes had a 'pea-soup' effect from all the algae floating, which the ducks had to cut through.

Packed up ready for my Great Ocean Road trip tomorrow..
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