Sunny, no rainy, no sunny Melbourne

Melbourne – Saturday, 04 December 2010

After our two days in the sunny red desert, we went to Melbourne, the city with weather as unpredictable as a teenager with PMS. We arrived in the afternoon and an Israeli ex-boxing champion turned cab driver drove us to our hostel in North Melbourne. From the rooftop we had our first views of the Melbourne skyline.

Melanie in Melbourne

In the afternoon sun we took a stroll in the city and enjoyed a glass of sparkling Ozzie wine with a free jazz performance on Federation Square. Aah, we love life.

Dede in Melbourne

With the sun shining so brightly it was an odd sight to see all the christmas decoration. Weird to imagine Santa Claus is coming to town in his red wooly outfit at 30 degrees.

Christmas Time

After all that strolling and enjoyment, we craved for some food. We noticed that half of the Melbourners are Asian, so there must have been good sushi somewhere! We found our sushi heaven in a cute little street. “Sea Salt Fish & Sushi” in Desgraves St had amazingly good sushi for little money, so we stuffed ourselves!

Block Place, near Sushi Bar

The next day started with a visit to the Queen Victoria Market, a huge indoor victorian style market with hundreds of stands selling fruit, veggies, birds, clothes, gadgets, … You name it, they sell it!

Even though the sun was shining, raindrops fell from the skies. We searched for shelter under the trees of the Royal Botanic Gardens. An hour later, just as we finished our visit, the sun was back and the raindrops gone. Time for a terraske! Sun by the river with palmtrees: Check! Hotdog with free beer: Check! Andrew very happy: Check!

Yihaaa, a hotdog!

We felt like an afternoon nap in a comfortable chair, but where could we find that in this Metropolitan City? Well, on the city center square of course!

Beachchairs @ Federation Square

All we needed was some joyful tunes. And hoezay, we found a madman in the middle of the shopping street playing his piano:

Pianoman in the Shopping Street

After this wonderful day, we took the free tourist City Circle tram that drives past Melbourne’s main attractions, and returned to our hostel satisfied and tired.

Coming up next: Meet Steve.