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.
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.
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.