Let’s Start in Melbourne


After flights from Harrisburg to Philly and Philly to LA we boarded a Qantas jet and headed to Melbourne.  After meeting out tour guide and collecting our luggage it was off to out first hotel, the Vibe Savoy.IMG_2175

Since we arrived early and our rooms weren’t quite ready, our tour guide, Erika, took us on a walking tour of the city.  As we our way down the street, we noticed that across the street was the Southern Cross Station and market.


This was great because there was a grocery store there that had really delicious soup for those days when we had big lunches and didn’t want much to eat in the evening.

We rode the trolley up the street.  It was raining so we looked a bit limp.


This is our tour coordinator, Mary Ann and her husband Dennis.

Exiting the trolley and walking up the street we saw this.


The name might be different, but there is no mistaking those golden arches.

The first stop on our tour was Federation Square.


fed sq

There are many shops and restaurants located here.  During special events, such as  national rugby matches, this square is completely filled with spectators watching the game on huge tvs.

We then took a walk to the NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria.


Just our luck that this exhibit would open the day after we left Melbourne.


Would love to have been able to see this.

Well, the museum did have a water wall.


Inside there was one of the largest stained glass ceilings.



By now it was time to head back to our hotel because our rooms were ready.  After our flight and walking tout the only other thing scheduled for today was an welcome dinner buffet at the hotel.

By the time dinner was over we were all pretty tired so we headed to our rooms for a good night’s sleep.  Next week we will tour Melbourne.


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16 responses to “Let’s Start in Melbourne

  1. Sounds like you are having quite an adventure! Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

  2. lindabaie

    It all looks fabulous, especially those buildings of Federation Square. Wow! I’m going to enjoy your posts these next weeks! What a trip!

  3. What a great trip. I look forward to reading more next week. It is great to have an inexpensive food source near the hotel!

  4. Exciting. The glass ceiling I could look at for a long time. Sorry about the van Gogh exhibit. Maybe another time in another city.

  5. And the adventure begins! That glass ceiling is unbelievable! I hope your jet lag has vanished and you are back to a regular schedule. Looking forward to your next installment.

  6. Stained glass ceiling – Wow! Looking forward to the next installment.

  7. An amazing trip! Thanks so much for sharing this adventurous with us. I look forward too more of your adventure. The stained glass is truly amazing. How long did it take to create?

  8. That stained glass is a beautiful sight! And Macca’s- hilarious. I have seen McDonalds in a lot of places- but never with any other name.

  9. Oh, wow! The stained glass is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t image what it looked like in person. I’m also wondering how you dealt with jet lag on the first day. I can’t wait to see the tour of Melbourne!

  10. Can’t wait for more of Australia from you, Bob.

  11. Like everyone else I am looking forward to the Grand Tour. Unlikely to ever get there myself, as I’m not sure I could tolerate the journey, but I love hearing and learning about Australia. It’s such a unique place.

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