Day 30 — Melbourne

The deal was that I would go to Melbourne with Spider if I didn’t have to get cooped up in an airplane for more than six hours at a time.  We are now in Melbourne and it took us thirty days to get here by traveling east from Sacramento and making (quite) a few stops along the way.  But not more than six hours in a plane.  It was worth the trip.

 

                              Bubba even found someone odder than he is.

            We found plenty to do within walking distance of our hotel.  There is a tram system across the river from here that extends your reach.  Expecting big city woes, we were pleasantly surprised to find people friendly and very willing to give recommendations. 

                            We were sent to this restaurant that was unfortunately closed.

                      Instead, we were directed to this place nearby run by the same people.

            When they found out we were friends of friends in California, we were loaded down with plenty of pastries for the walk back to the hotel.  Cinnamon rolls for dinner!

Our exploration was pretty much confined to the area within a long walk from the hotel but there was plenty to see.  Like the cities in California, Melbourne’s history doesn’t go back far.  They have a rich array of Victorian and later buildings and shopping arcades.

We asked this guy for directions to the shopping area and he looked it up on his Victorian cell phone.

                                           The “mall” we visited, took us back in time.

                                           The mall security guards were a little imposing.

            This area of Melbourne is a nice blend of old and new with plenty of shops and restaurants that make a lively nightlife.

                                    Let’s hope Bubba can stay out of trouble.

                                                                 Oh, Bubba!  Not again!

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