Melbourne: Part 1

After two weeks in Kangaloola I must say I was delighted to find myself someplace where I could shower — and do so every morning if I wanted! Not to mention enjoying the privilege of sleeping quarters complete with electricity, heat, running water, and privacy. Ah!

I was in Melbourne from Thursday afternoon through Monday morning, barely enough time to get a taste of this wonderful city. On my first full day I joined a free walking tour (well, it’s not really free as you are expected to tip at the end). During the tour, our guide, Sunni, pointed out a possum living in a tree in a park along our route. We also visited many neighborhoods, including Chinatown. The tour included brief stops at many great sites, including the Flinders Street Station. Later I visited the Skydeck, an observation platform on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, rising 975 feet high. I’m so glad I brought some good hiking boots for all the walking I did in Melbourne!

On Saturday I started my day at the Queen Victoria Market. Early in the day it hosts acres of booths and stands with meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese, and more. Later, other vendors arrive to sell clothing, souvenirs, and pretty much anything else you could imagine. By noon I was at St. Paul’s Cathedral where I attended the mid-day Holy Eucharist.

In my next post I’ll share a little about the amazing street art to be found in Melbourne. And eventually I’ll catch up as I’m still a few days behind in my posts.

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