Today was a bitter-sweet day, as I did lots of fun things with Bob and Sally, but it is also their last full day here. I tried to fill their day with Melbourne experiences and I think we did pretty good because we are getting home at 10:00 PM!
Our day started with a walk to the Botanical Gardens, a huge park with great diversity of plants and trees. I continue to be amazed at the number of plants that are blooming here in the winter. It was a lovely, sunny day with temps starting out around 5 degrees Celsius (41 F.) but climbing to 17 or 18 (low 60’s) by mid-day. Perfect walking weather. After a good tour of the botanical gardens, we crossed the street and visited the Shrine of Remembrance. There were no tour buses there by 10 AM so we had the place to ourselves. Our walk around the Shrine included a stroll around the balcony level, affording us clear views of the downtown area.
Bob wanted to use a bike from the Bike Share project in Melbourne and I thought Sally would enjoy a visit to a yarn and fabric store in the CBD so we continued our walk from the Shrine to the CBD. Bob was able to rent a bike and helmet and we sent him on his way to explore Melbourne and Sally and I set off for the textile shop. This particular shop has some yarn, but their real draw is the gorgeous fabrics they sell. Fine suit-weight wools, merino wool knits, silks of all colors and weights, feathery cotton lawns and chiffons that would make lovely scarves. I was tempted, but ended up not buying anything. Sally found an interesting skein of yarn to take home.
Sally and I walked home via the Yarra River trail and Bob soon followed. We then got the car from the car park (parking garage) and drove to South Melbourne for an outside lunch and a visit to the yarn store where I go for my knitting group on Thursdays (when I’m in town!). Bob checked out the streets while Sally and I checked out yarn. Sally was successful here too, coming away with a jumper (sweater) pattern and yarn.
The Middle Brighton Beach Boxes were the next stop. These Beach Boxes are a Melbourne icon and most any photo book you might see about Melbourne will have a photo of these boxes. Today I was most interested in watching 3 young children try to play footy on the beach in front of the boxes! They certainly knew how to play!
We hurried home to shower before catching the #8 tram downtown. Our first stop was a trip to the 88th floor of the Eureka Skydeck. The 38-second elevator ride took us to the skydeck where we enjoyed watching the sun set over the city. Once we had our feet back on solid ground, we walked some more, crossing several of the pedestrian bridges and making one more trip to Federation Square.
Jim met us downtown, in the Southgate area, where we had a delicious dinner at a restaurant called Pure South, which featured food sourced from Tasmania. We had a delicious dinner and had fun reminiscing about the fun we’ve had with Bob and Sally while they have been here with us. It has been a great time! To Bob and Sally, we say thanks for coming Down Under for a visit!
Tomorrow I will take them to the airport about 6:30 AM!
It’s late, time to call it a day.